UNION, NJ – The number of township residents testing positive with COVID-19 has surpassed 1,000.

According to Union Business Administrator Don Travisano, as of Thursday afternoon, 1,060 Union residents have been found to have the virus, up 28 since Wednesday.  There are 7,904 positive cases in Union County, with the death toll at 301.  Statewide, there are 75,317 confirmed cases, up more than 4,200 from Wednesday.  There have been 3,518 New Jersey deaths. 

There are currently 8,224 patients hospitalized in the state, down from 8,270 on Wednesday, said Travisano.  There are 1,980 patients in ICU and 1,645 on ventilators.

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In her daily update, Mayor Michele Delisfort said during Thurday’s call with state, county and local officials, Gov. Murphy is pitching a borrowing plan to help make up for billions of dollars of lost revenue in the current and next budget amid the virus-induced lockdown. The New Jersey Covid-19 Emergency Bond Act, outlined in draft legislation, would authorize the Murphy administration to issue general-obligation bonds and "emergency liquidity notes," and apply for loans from the federal government.

Delisfort added New Jersey and New York, with more COVID-19 cases than any other state, received the least amount of federal health grants per diagnosed person, according to a Bloomberg Law analyst. The data indicates that New Jersey is receiving $898 per case, ranking it the second-to-last on a per-case basis.

The state Labor Department reported that although New Jersey saw a noticeable decline in the number of new unemployment claims filed for the week ending Saturday, April 11, a record 429,388 residents are now receiving unemployment benefits, a number that is certain to rise considerably as more claims are processed. Last week, 141,420 new unemployment applications were received, which is fewer than they 73,000 reported during the prior week. Still, the Labor Department reported that more than 718,000 workers have sought jobless benefits since mid-March.