June 20, 2021

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3,347 New Cases, 37 Die In Highest 1-Day Toll

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NEW JERSEY – Gov. Phil Murphy said New Jersey saw it’s largest one-day total of cases and deaths connected to the coronavirus outbreak on Monday. (you can watch it here, below).

The numbers rose sharply after eight people died at a nursing home in New Jersey due to the coronavirus, officials announced on Monday. Read more: 8 Die At Nursing Home In Wanaque Due To Coronavirus: Officials

Murphy said New Jersey had 3,347 new cases on Monday, raising the state’s case total to 16,636. Thirty-seven more people died, raising the state’s total to 198.

“I shudder to think what these numbers would be if we hadn’t taken the strong stance in terms of social distancing,” he said.

Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli provided a county-by-county breakdown of the new cases:

  • Atlantic 5

  • Bergen 249

  • Burlington 28

  • Camden 36

  • Cumberland 1

  • Essex 280

  • Gloucester 17

  • Hudson 289

  • Hunterdon 10

  • Mercer 45

  • Middlesex 171

  • Monmouth 134

  • Morris 74

  • Ocean 84

  • Passaic 124

  • Somerset 47

  • Sussex 9

  • Union 226

  • Warren 10

Murphy also said the Trump administration will also supply New Jersey with 300 ventilators, saying he appreciates it but “it’s far, far from what we need.”

He said New Jersey is running at full ventilator capacity. The state is working with FEMA and hospitals to allow patients to “co-vent,” meaning that they’re allowing two people to use the same machine at the same time.

“This is a necessary step that will buy us precious time,” Murphy said. “This is real life. This is life and death.”

Murphy also said:

  • Auto dealerships can operate remote or online sales, and allow for off-site pickup

  • Realtors can do business, but only on a one-on-one basis.

  • Firearms will be able to operate on an appointment-basis only.

Johnson & Johnson, which is based in New Jersey, announced on Monday that it will begin testing of its coronavirus vaccine by September. Emergency use of the vaccine could be authorized by early 2021. Read more: NJ’s Johnson & Johnson: Tests Of Its Coronavirus Vaccine To Begin

Read more: NJ Coronavirus Updates: Here’s What You Need To Know

Experts are also predicting when the coronavirus peak could hit New Jersey. Read more: Best-Case Scenario: August Peak For NJ Coronavirus Outbreak

Watch Murphy here:

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Here’s what else you should know:

  • State health officials said they believe the virus is “community-spread” in New Jersey. “Community-spread indicates that the coronavirus is amongst us,” Persichilli announced. Read more: Coronavirus May Be ‘Community-Spread’ In NJ

  • Murphy issued a stay-at-home order, closing all non-essential business at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 21. Read more: Gov. Murphy Announces NJ ‘Stay-At-Home’ Order Due To Coronavirus

  • On Monday, March 16, Murphy announced that all schools would close on Tuesday, March 17. Read more: NJ Schools Will Close Due To Coronavirus Outbreak: Gov. Murphy

  • Here are 10 resources for you and your family to utilize as you navigate through the outbreak: Unemployment, Tests, Food: 10 NJ Resources In Coronavirus Crisis

  • Murphy issued an executive order on Thursday, March 19 to ensure voters can exercise their right to vote without risking their health and safety. Read more: Coronavirus Alters NJ Election Procedure, Moves Election Dates

  • The first person in New Jersey to die of the coronavirus was reported on Tuesday, March 10. Read more: First NJ Coronavirus Death, 4 New Cases: Governor

  • New Jersey’s courts suspended all new jury trials until further notice, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner said on Thursday, March 12. Read more: Coronavirus Throws Monkey Wrench Into New Jersey Court System

  • State Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced on Saturday, March 14 that municipal court sessions will be suspended.

  • The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission said it’s also closing temporarily. Read more: New Jersey MVC Shuts Down Because Of Coronavirus

  • A new report from ProPublica says New Jersey hospitals would be hard pressed to meet demand – even in a best-case scenario – if the coronavirus outbreak surges. Read more: NJ Hospitals Lack Beds For Coronavirus Surge: Report

  • Four members of the same New Jersey family died from the coronavirus, according to March 19 reports. Read more: 4 In Same Family, Including 3 In NJ, Die Of Coronavirus: Reports

  • The deadline for Americans to file federal taxes was moved from April 15 to July 15, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tweeted on Friday, March 20. Read more: Federal Tax Day Postponed To July 15 Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

  • After two FEMA sites opened, officials said five more counties will be getting coronavirus testing sites. Read more: Coronavirus Drive-Through Testing Sites To Open In 5 NJ Counties

How It Spreads

The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.

While the best way to prevent illness is to avoid virus exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention always recommends taking preventive actions to contain the spread of viruses. This includes:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

This article originally appeared on the Point Pleasant Patch

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