Gov. Murphy sending National Guard to COVID-19-hit nursing homes

Gov. Phil Murphy says he is sending 120 members of the New Jersey National Guard to nursing homes hit hard by the coronavirus this weekend to help staff.

News 12 Staff

May 7, 2020, 2:09 PM

Updated 1,444 days ago

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Gov. Murphy sending National Guard to COVID-19-hit nursing homes
Gov. Phil Murphy says he is sending 120 members of the New Jersey National Guard to nursing homes hit hard by the coronavirus this weekend to help staff.
He said the nurses and other staff at those facilities need “some relief from the bullpen.”
The governor also reported another 254 deaths, bringing the total to 8,801. Hard-hit New Jersey has about 134,000 positive cases of the virus.
Labor officials say more than 1 million New Jersey residents have filed for jobless benefits, and the state has paid out about $2 billion amid the outbreak.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.
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The statewide total number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey now stands at 133,365 cases, after Gov. Phil Murphy just announced 1,827 new cases. The governor also announced 254 additional deaths, bringing the statewide death toll to 8,801.

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