New Jersey received an additional 4,391 positive COVID-19 test results since Wednesday; the state now has 75,317 residents who have tested positive for the virus, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday.
Murphy also shared that another 362 New Jerseyans have died due to COVID-19-related complications, bringing the total of lives lost to the virus in the state to 3,518.
“Social distancing doesn’t seem so much of an inconvenience if it means that we don’t have to keep mourning so many blessed souls,” said Murphy, who announced that New Jersey public schools would remain closed through at least May 15.
“We need to be guided by where the facts on the ground, science, and public health take us. That means it will not be safe to reopen our schools for at least another four weeks,” he said.
“I’ve made this decision in careful consultation with New Jersey Department of Health and New Jersey Department Of Education, among other key stakeholders,” Murphy, said, adding “I know this is hard. But we are saving lives and we must maintain the course.”
Murphy also announced that as of 10 p.m. Wednesday, 8,224 New Jersey residents were reported hospitalized; 2,014 of these individuals were listed in critical or intensive care; and 1,645 of those individuals were on ventilators.