TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday reported 3,250 new positive COVID-19 test results, which brings the cumulative total of New Jerseyans who have now tested positive to 78,467.

The governor announced that 323 "blessed New Jerseyans" have been lost due to COVID-19 related complications, bringing the statewide total of fatalities to 3,840.

"This is now more than five times the number of New Jerseyans we lost on 9/11," Murphy said. "We mourn with each family who has been directly impacted in the worst way by this pandemic."

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As of Thursday evening, 8,011 New Jersey residents were reported hospitalized, of whom 1,961 were listed in critical or intensive care and 1,594 ventilators were in use. The governor had some good news to announce: 787 individuals were discharged from hospitals in the state. 

Gov. Murphy said on Friday that he participated in a video conference with President Trump and Vice President Pence and their teams about the reopening of the American economy.

"There's an enormous amount of responsibility given to governors," Murphy said. "We are still sort of parsing through the recommendations and steps that they have put forward. I spoke privately with the President after that video call... We will continue with the order of events that we have laid out and continue to take advice and the best guidance we can from best practices around the country and around the world."

The governor reported that there are now 70 sites at which individuals can receive a COVID-19 test if they are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illnesses. Two dozen of them are publicly accessible, and a complete list is available at covid19.nj.gov/testing. There are also privately run sites where primary care physicians can direct residents who need to be tested.

"We continue to pursue every possible avenue for expanding our testing capabilities. Getting this in place is a key component for our future decision-making," Gov. Murphy said. "As once we get through this emergency, our charge will be to aggressively attack any future cases to prevent another outbreak."

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