Health officials: NJ COVID-19 death toll climbs by more than 300 to 3,840

New Jersey’s COVID-19 death toll has climbed by 323 people to 3,840. Gov. Phil Murphy also announced Friday that more than 78,000 people have tested positive for the virus.

News 12 Staff

Apr 17, 2020, 1:52 PM

Updated 1,465 days ago

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(AP) - New Jersey’s COVID-19 death toll has climbed by 323 people to 3,840. Gov. Phil Murphy also announced Friday that more than 78,000 people have tested positive for the virus. The number of positive tests for the virus and deaths continue to climb daily, but Murphy said there are signs that social distancing is working. He specifically cited data showing that the rate for the number of positive tests doubling each day has now been lengthening across the state.
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- Gov. Murphy announces 3,250 new positive cases of COVID-19 - 78,467 positive cases statewide.
 - The governor announces 323 additional COVID-19-related deaths. The statewide death toll stands at 3,840.
 - Gov. Murphy recognizes some of the people who recently died.
 - The governor continues to urge all New Jersey residents to practice social distancing.
- The governor says that the New Jersey attorney general and New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs will issue temporary emergency licenses to foreign-licenses physicians.
 - More than 22,000 people have volunteered with New Jersey health care teams.
- The governor says that there are 70 COVID-19 testing sites across the state.
- The governor highlights some of the New Jerseyans doing their part to give thanks to front-line workers.

- During the Q&A portion of the news conference, the governor reiterated that schools would remain closed until at least May 15. He says that in his opinion, students would probably need to wear masks in school if classes were to resume this year. But this has not yet been decided.
- The governor thanks all New Jerseyans for their cooperation during this trying time.

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