New Jersey is joining with regional governors in forming a task force to reopen the economy in the northeast after the coronavirus pandemic ends. Gov. Phil Murphy says an economic recovery can only happen on the back of a complete health care recovery. It appears we’re still far from that.
The state now has 64,584 positive cases of COVID-19 with 2,443 deaths. That’s with more than 3,219 new positive tests announced Monday.
Hospital data paints a broader picture with 7,781 patients hospitalized statewide. Of those, 1,886 were in critical or intensive care and 1,611 are on ventilators. Another 556 were discharged in the last 24 hours.
There are still a lot of questions about state reporting of positive cases. Monday’s numbers represent the smallest percentage increase since the outbreak began and the first day this month in which the number of new cases rose by less than 3,000. Officials say it could be due to the lag in receiving results. Murphy says that number gives continued hope for the larger war we’re waging.