Gov. Murphy: Death toll passes 100; calls on former health care workers to help battle pandemic

The coronavirus death toll climbed by 27 people to 108 in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday

News 12 Staff

Mar 27, 2020, 5:43 PM

Updated 1,523 days ago

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The coronavirus death toll climbed by 27 people to 108 in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday during a daily news conference. The state has nearly 9,000 positive cases, up from about 7,000 on Thursday.
The governor also said the state is dispersing $140 million to health care providers to help fight the virus.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.
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- Gov. Murphy announces 1,982 news cases of COVID-19 - 27 additional deaths.
- Statewide total is 8,825 cases of the virus, 108 deaths overall.
- Governor authorizes $140 million for health care providers.
- Gov. Murphy says that testing for COVID-19 must only be reserved for symptomatic people, not the "worried well." 
- Testing this weekend will be for health care workers only
 - Gov. Murphy continues to urge New Jersey residents to practice social distancing, despite the nice weather.
- New guidance will be coming for retail businesses to further ensure social distancing protocols.
- First of the four FEMA hospitals is being set up
- Gov. Murphy puts out the call for retired health care workers to volunteer. 
- There is still a need for personal protection equipment for health care workers. 
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