Gov. Phil Murphy today announced the deaths of 251 more New Jersey residents from coronavirus since Friday, bringing the state total to 2,183.
Murphy said that New Jersey added 3,599 cases of COVID-19 since yesterday, with 58,151 New Jerseyans testing positive so far.
According to Murphy, 7,618 New Jersey residents were hospitalized for coronavirus as of 10 PM on Friday. Of those, 1,746 were in critical care beds and 1,650 on ventilators.
He said that through social distancing, New Jersey is slowing the rate by which new cases are doubling.
The governor announced that he was expanding the requirement to wear a face covering to all customers walking into food service establishments to pick up their takeout orders.
“You may view remembering to bring your face covering to the supermarket, or now to pick up your takeout order, as a hassle,” Murphy said. “What would really be inconvenient is if you end up in the hospital with COVID=19 because you didn’t take to heart the need for us to take every precaution.”
Murphy is ordering restaurants and bars who remain open to give face coverings and gloves to all their food-service personnel.
“A face covering does not mean a medical-grade mask,” he said. “There are any number of ways you can cover your mouth and nose with a bandana or a homemade fabric covering.”
He announced an executive order requiring New Jersey Transit and all private bus carriers to cut their capacity on trains, buses, light rail vehicles and paratransit vehicles to 50% of their maximum capacity. The order requires private carriers to supply their employees with face coverings and gloves.
“All riders are required to wear a face covering when traveling either on NJ TRANSIT or with a private carrier, unless they cannot for medical reasons,” Murphy explained.