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1,232 New Jerseyans have died of coronavirus

Murphy: ‘Social distancing is king’

By David Wildstein, April 07 2020 1:25 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy announced that 1,232 COVID-19 related deaths in New Jersey, up from 1,000 on Monday, and 3,361 new cases of coronavirus.

New Jersey now has 44,416 positive cases, up from 41,055 cases yesterday.

Murphy continued to push social distancing as the best way to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

“Social distancing is the king,” said Murphy, noting that wearing a mask is not a substitute.

He said he will sign an executive order extending his previous March 9 coronavirus executive order by 30 days into May.

“Extending this order ensures we will continue to take appropriate steps to protect the public health and welfare of New Jerseyans,” Murphy announced.

Earlier today, Murphy said he spoke with Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania and Ned Lamont of Connecticut to discuss a regional approach to testing, tracking and the possible reopening of schools and businesses.  They also talked about a regional approach to mobilize resources if coronavirus returns.

Murphy will sign an executive order extending some deadlines for school districts in Cliffside Park, Fairview, Garfield, Hackensack, Oakland, Ridgewood, Irvington, Newark, North Bergen, Weehawken, West New York, New Brunswick, Passaic and Totowa – all towns whose April school board elections were postponed from April 21 to May 12.

“This will ensure these districts have enough time to certify their budgets and make staffing decisions,” he said.

The governor has also waived 2019-2020 school year assessment requirements for eighth and twelfth grade students,” Murphy explained.

“This will ensure that no student is left behind or unduly penalized due to these extraordinary circumstances.

State and county parks will be closed beginning today.  Murphy said that the order was necessary after receiving reports that some gatherings are occurring in violation of social distancing requirements.

“I do not take this action lightly. Some of my fondest memories with my own children are beautiful spring days in parks playing soccer and enjoying our family,” Murphy said. “But my focus, and my sole mission in life right now, is the health of every New Jersey family.”

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