Gov. Murphy: 4,391 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed; schools to remain closed until at least May 15

Gov. Phil Murphy says New Jersey’s schools will be closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak at least until May 15.

News 12 Staff

Apr 16, 2020, 2:49 PM

Updated 1,463 days ago

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Gov. Phil Murphy says New Jersey’s schools will be closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak at least until May 15. Murphy ordered the state’s more than 600 school districts to close last month as part of an effort to halt the spread of the virus. Neighboring Pennsylvania has closed schools through the rest of the year.
Murphy also reported that the number of deaths due to the virus climbed by 362 to 3,518. There are more than 75,000 residents with the virus, according to state health officials.
The Associated Press wire service contributed to this report.
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Full details below:
- Gov. Murphy announces 4,391 new cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey.
 - The governor says that 8,224 residents were reported hospitalized. 2,014 of these individuals were listed in critical or intensive care, and 1,645 of those individuals were on ventilators. 46 patients are at one of our field medical stations.
 - Gov. Murphy also announced that 362 additional COVID-19-related deaths have been reported. The statewide death toll now stands at 3,518.
- The governor recognizes some of the people who have died.
- Gov. Murphy announces that all schools in New Jersey will remain closed until at least May 15.
 - The governor comments on the Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center and the deaths that have occurred there.
- Gov. Murphy has appointed Dr. Rich Besser and Secretary Jeh Johnson to the multi-state board to coordinate the reopening of the economy.
 - The Board of New Jersey Housing has voted to suspend all rent increases at eligible properties.
 - The number of unemployment claims has decreased by 1/3 from last week.
 - The Bergen Community College testing site will be open Friday. The PNC Arts Center site will reopen Saturday for first responders and health care workers.
 - Wakefern Foods has donated $1 million to support local food banks.
 - Gov. Murphy speaks about some of the people who have recovered from COVID-19.
 - Gov. Murphy reminds New Jersey residents to keep up with social distancing practices.
 - New York will send 100 ventilators to New Jersey.
 - The pandemic is taking its toll on the mental health of all New Jerseyans. Mental Health Hotline: 866-202-4357.
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