New Jersey closes state, county parks; 3,361 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed

Gov. Phil Murphy says he will sign an executive order closing state and county parks because too many people have failed to observe social-distancing guidelines.

News 12 Staff

Apr 7, 2020, 1:53 PM

Updated 1,476 days ago

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(AP) - Gov. Phil Murphy says he will sign an executive order closing state and county parks because too many people have failed to observe social-distancing guidelines.
Murphy also said he signed executive orders to keep the state’s schools closed indefinitely during the coronavirus outbreak and to waive standardized testing requirements for students this year.
The death toll from the virus climbed 23% overnight, from about 1,000 people to 1,232, Murphy said. More than 44,000 positive cases have been identified in New Jersey, up about 3,000 over the last 24 hours.
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Additional details below:
- Gov. Murphy announces 3,361 new cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, along with 232 additional deaths.
 - Gov. Murphy acknowledges some of the people who succumbed to the virus.
- Gov. Murphy says that he has spoke with Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo regarding the pandemic.
 - New Jersey's public health emergency declaration has been extended by 30 days.
 - Gov. Murphy orders all state and county parks closed to slow the spread of the virus.
 - Gov. Murphy signs several executive orders regarding New Jersey schools.
- The PNC Arts Center testing site will open Wednesday at 8 a.m. The Bergen Community College site will be closed on Wednesday.
 - Hilton and American Express are donating 1 million hotel room nights to frontline medical workers.
 - Chemical company BASF is donating 1,000 gallons of hand sanitizer.
 - Tinton Falls-based company Hatteras Press created 7,000 face shields for health care workers.
 - Bristol Myers Squibb is donating $345,000 worth of PPE.
 - More PPE is needed. Please donate what you can.
 - California is sending 100 ventilators to New Jersey.
 
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