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1,700 New Jerseyans have died of coronavirus, Murphy says

1 in 5,240 New Jerseyans have tested positive for COVID-19

By David Wildstein, April 09 2020 1:38 pm

New Jersey’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now at 51,027 and the total number of deaths is now at 1,700, Gov. Phil Murphy announced today.

Murphy said that 198 New Jersey residents have died of illnesses related to coronavirus since yesterday.

“This number is the worst of all to report to you. It does not ever get any easier on us. This aren’t numbers, these are people,” Murphy said.  “They are our fellow New Jerseyans.”

The number represents 1 of every 5,240 New Jerseyans.

According to Murphy, 7,363 New Jersey residents are hospitalized, and 1,551 individuals are on ventilators.  He said that 471 New Jerseyans were discharged from the hospital and sent home.

Nearly 214,000 more New Jersey residents filed for unemployment insurance benefits last week.

“We’re working as hard as possible to make it easier for you to access your benefits,” he said. “No one will be denied one penny of their unemployment benefits.

Murphy announced that he will sign an executive order extending the grace periods for state residents unable to pay their insurance premiums due hardships caused by coronavirus.

The order requires a minimum 60-day grace period for health and dental insurance policies and a 90-day grace period for home and auto insurance, renters insurance, and life insurance.

“No New Jerseyan should lose their insurance during this emergency,” Murphy said.  “All claims covered by the insurance policy must be paid out to those who are within these grace periods. Insurers cannot demand repayment of unpaid premiums in a lump sum at the end of the grace period – back-payments must be spread out over the remainder of the insurance term.”

Murphy continued his daily call for New Jerseyans to practice social distancing.

“I know social distancing isn’t fun. I know it can be inconvenient,” he said. “This can’t be a time of convenience. This a fight to protect our families, our friends, and our neighbors. It’s a fight for the heart and soul and future of our state.”

Murphy was joined at his press conference today by Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton).

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