Officials: New Jersey's COVID-19 death toll climbs by 379, biggest spike yet

Gov. Phil Murphy says the COVID-19 death toll saw its biggest spike yet, climbing by 379 deaths.

News 12 Staff

Apr 21, 2020, 6:35 PM

Updated 1,452 days ago

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Gov. Phil Murphy says the COVID-19 death toll saw its biggest spike yet, climbing by 379 deaths.
The spike comes as the number of new cases has been leveling off, the governor said at a news conference on Tuesday. New Jersey has had 4,753 deaths from the virus and more than 92,000 cases, up from about 89,000.
Despite some positive signs, like the leveling off of cases and the increasing time it takes for the number of people with COVID-19 to double, Murphy said there are still weeks to go of social distancing.
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Full details below:
- Gov. Murphy announces 3,643 news cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey - a statewide total of 92,387. The governor also confirmed an additional 379 deaths. The statewide death toll now stands at 4,753.
- Gov. Murphy talks about some hospital data.
 - The governor recognizes some of the people who have died.
 - Gov. Murphy says that he will not open schools back up in the state until it is safe to do so.
- The governor says that New Jersey is providing "much-needed relief and assistance for New Jerseyans who are facing hardships in paying their private student loans, and were not eligible for relief under the CARES Act."
 - Gov. Murphy talks about the need for more testing for COVID-19.
 - New Jerseyans who have dependent children and are not required to file federal tax returns, have until noon tomorrow to register with the IRS to qualify to receive $500 per child stimulus payments.
 - Gov. Murphy highlights some of the people who are doing their part to help in the COVID-19 relief effort.
- The governor reminds New Jersey residents about the "Jersey 4 Jersey" benefit event.
 - Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli reminds all about the proper way to handle disinfectants after national data shows that there are some across the country who are getting sickened by household cleaners.
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