TRENTON, NJ – The graphs shown on NJ Governor Phil Murphy’s May 11 COVID-19 press briefing are all pointing in the right direction. As he usually does, Murphy went through several points of data, adding his own commentary. We will summarize them for you here.
Murphy did not hold briefings over the weekend, so the information he shared were numbers reported today with information from Saturday and Sunday.
New Positive Cases
There were an additional 1,453 positive cases reported bringing the state total to: 139,945
“The number of new cases has shown continual moderation,” said Murphy. Behind him a graph displayed a downward sloping line.
Positivity Rates – This is the percentage of COVID tests that come back positive.
“We’re seeing real progress in declining positivity rates,” said Murphy. The graph he displayed showed that this number hovered around 50% between March 27 and April 14. From then it shows steady decline. It now stands at 26%.
“This number is a bit more insightful than the daily number of new cases we announce,” he said. The reason why is that the daily positivity rates are for exact dates while the number of new positive cases data comes from samples collected over several dates.
“In our hospitals, the number of patients currently being treated for COVID-19 dropped by roughly 430 from where it was Saturday when we last met, and now stands at 4,195,” said Murphy.
The number of Patients in either Critical or Intensive Care fell again yesterday to 1,255 and ventilator use continues its downward trend to 970. This is the second straight day that this number has been under 1,000.
“There were 179 new COVID-19 hospitalizations yesterday and 389 across the weekend. But there were 227 live COVID patients discharged yesterday and 666 across both Saturday and Sunday,” Murphy Reported.
Long-term Care Data
“The number of positive cases at New Jersey’s long-term care facilities is now 26,397, and the fatalities which is 4,890 continue to grow,” he said.
The Governor reported 59 new deaths, for a state-wide total of 9,310. The number of new deaths seem very low, but the Governor said that the Monday data has been historically small. The chart on display showed this fact.
Judy Perscihilli, the Commissioner of the state Department of Health added these statistics during her report:
- State Veteran homes with a census of 672 residents: 362 residents have tested positive, and a total of 129 deaths.
- State psychiatric hospitals with a census of 1,240: 190 positive cases with 12 deaths
Break down of death by race as reported by Persichilli
- White: 52.8%
- Black: 19.1%
- Hispanic: 17.5%
- Asian: 5.3%
- Other: 5.3%
Murphy mentioned two key metrics that he would discuss in tomorrow’s briefing: The continued ramping up of testing capacity and implementing a state-wide program of contact tracing.
He also mentioned that by the end of the week, he could have some solid dates for the beginning of the re-opening of the state. “I can’t make any promises,” he added.
“We are in this position because of the work you are all doing,” he said pointing at the camera, “To protect yourself, your families and your communities by maintaining the practices of social distancing. Please keep it up folks. It is clearly working.”