TRENTION, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press conference, Gov. Phil Murphy said he was proud to announce that New Jersey's Department of Health has been awarded more than $2.8 million in federal funding for vital behavioral health services, helping expand access to counseling & support services.

"These past two months have been hard on our mental health," said Murphy, who also announced the launch of the NJ MentalHealthCares hotline. "If you need to connect with someone to discuss issues of anxiety, or other challenges, please call 1-866-202-HELP."

Gov. Murphy announced an additional 1,239 new positive cases on Saturday, bringing our total to 145,089.

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COVID-19 Cases (by County) 145,089
tlantic: 1,716 • Bergen: 17,246 • Burlington: 3,875 • Camden: 5,381 • Cape May: 500 • Cumberland: 1,592 • Essex: 16,032 • Gloucester: 1,811 • Hudson: 17,326 • Hunterdon: 795 • Mercer: 5,719 • Middlesex: 14,514 • Monmouth: 7,297 • Morris: 6,012 • Ocean: 7,878 • Passaic: 15,031 • Salem: 457 • Somerset: 4,212 • Sussex: 1,053 • Union: 14,569 • Warren: 1,077 • Under Investigation: 996

The governor also announced an additional 115 COVID-19 deaths in New Jersey on Saturday at his daily press conference.

COVID-19 Deaths (by County): 10,249
Atlantic: 110 • Bergen: 1,450 • Burlington: 239 • Camden: 268 • Cape May: 41 • Cumberland: 49 • Essex: 1,522 • Gloucester: 113 • Hudson: 1,045 • Hunterdon: 49 • Mercer: 396 • Middlesex: 872 • Monmouth: 503 • Morris: 561 • Ocean: 617 • Passaic: 831 • Salem: 19 • Somerset: 363 • Sussex: 137 • Union: 946 • Warren: 118

"Our statewide total now stands at 10,249," the governor said. "We cannot let those we have lost ever just become a statistic. They were real people, with real families, and with tremendous stories."

Other numbers:

  • Hospitals currently have 3,564 patients being treated for COVID-19.
  • Patients reported in either critical or intensive care fell to 1,061
  • Ventilator use dropped to 846
  • 182 new COVID19 hospitalizations vs. 380 discharges

"Every metric we have followed is showing us that we can move forward: hospitalizations are down dramatically from six weeks ago, ICU counts are down dramatically from six weeks ago, and ventilator use is down dramatically from six weeks ago," Murphy said. "We’re seeing a slowing in the number of newly reported cases at our long-term care facilities."

The governor acknowledged that we continue to see an out-sized proportion of our statewide COVID19 deaths related to long-term care facilities and that the state is continually taking steps to slow the spread at these facilities.

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