New Jersey has seen a decline in the growth rate of positive COVID-19 cases from about 24% day-over-day on March 30 to about 12% today, Gov. Phil Murphy announced.
“Our efforts to flatten the curve are starting to pay off,” Murphy said. Our job now is to keep flattening it to the point where our day-over-day increase is zero.”
New Jersey added 3,663 new cases of coronavirus since Sunday, bringing the statewide total to 3,663. The total number of New Jerseyans who have died is now at 1,003, up 86 people since yesterday.
“We cannot give in to fear or sadness,” Murphy said. “If we stick to the bottom curve, we get to the peak of that flatter curve much more quickly. We can then drop down the other side that much more quickly, too.”
Murphy said that in a call with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, New Jersey’s request for access to some of the hospital beds aboard the USNS Comfort was granted.
“This is a big step for us,” he said. “I thank both the president and the vice president.”
Murphy continued his daily pitch for New Jerseyans to obey social distancing regulations.
“What we can see, together, is that while we’re not anywhere close to being out of the woods yet, we’re on the right path to get there,” he said. “We’ve built a strong modeling program that we can use with great – and increasing – confidence. If we stick to the bottom curve, we get to the peak of that flatter curve much more quickly. We can then drop down the other side that much more quickly, too.”
The governor announced he is signing an executive order permitting retired public employees to return to work – in whichever capacity they can – to help throughout the state’s current health crisis without impacting their pension status.
“We need all the experienced help we can get,” Murphy said.