Judith Persichilli

On Wednesday, New Jersey reported 611 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and an additional 74 deaths from the virus.

The new statewide totals are 165,346 cases and 12,377 mortalities.

The state hospital association reported 1,701 hospitalizations as of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday; a net reduction of 15 hospitalizations.

The number of patients in intensive care decreased by 30 to a total of 471.

Training begins for additional contact tracers

New Jersey reported an additional 3,643 cases of the coronavirus Tuesday, bringing the state total to 92,387.

Another 379 people died as a result of COVID-19, which means the state has seen a total of 4,753 fatalities.

Central Jersey sees signs of a surge 

Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said hospitals in Central Jersey were beginning to see a surge in COVID-19 patients, as infections move from the hardest-hit northern counties further south.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced 3,649 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 22,255.

The governor also announced 91 new deaths as a result of the illness, increasing the state’s death toll to 355 total fatalities.

‘Surge’ of cases begins in North Jersey

State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said during the state’s daily briefing Wednesday that hospitals in North Jersey were beginning to see a surge in coronavirus cases.

Coronavirus Cases Escalate in New York and New Jersey

Mar 30, 2020
Governor Murphy

The positive cases and deaths of coronavirus continue to climb. New York State leads the way with nearly 60,000 cases and New Jersey is second in the nation with more than 11,000 cases as of Sunday.

There are more than 1,000 virus related deaths between the two states. Stats show the hospitalization rate for coronavirus patients is doubling every six days now in New York State. It’s decreasing because it wasn’t too long ago it was every 2 days.

As New Jersey’s official coronavirus count increased to 23 on Wednesday, health officials also warned the state may be starting to see “community spread,” which means the illness is being transmitted among the general population.

Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said two of the people with COVID-19 could not be connected to known coronavirus cases and had not recently traveled to areas with community outbreaks, such as Italy.

“Community spread indicates that the coronavirus is amongst us, and we have an expectation that that may be the case,” Persichilli said.

A 69-year-old Bergen County man with a history of health problems has died from the novel coronavirus, the first fatality from the illness in New Jersey, state officials announced Tuesday.

The man did not have a history of traveling outside the U.S. but had traveled to New York, state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the family,” Persichilli said.