The state’s death toll is increasing as we near the peak of the coronavirus outbreak, and Gov. Phil Murphy says we are nowhere near its plateau.
Wednesday’s numbers show another highest single-day increase in fatalities — now at 1,504 with 275 new deaths being reported. Other than New York, New Jersey has more positive cases than any other state in the country with 47,437 total and 3,088 new positive tests reported.
But data shows social distancing is working to keep those numbers from surging even higher. Wednesday, Murphy enacted new sweeping measures to take the state’s efforts a step further. He ordered all non-essential construction to stop indefinitely, effective Friday. Also, in what is likely to be a welcome move by residents fearing overcrowded grocery trips, Murphy announced that all retail stores will need to limit visitors to 50% of approved capacity. The order also requires both customers and employees to wear face masks or coverings.