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New Jersey has 11,124 positive tests for COVID-19

By David Wildstein, March 28 2020 1:31 pm

Reported positive tests for coronavirus went up 26% since yesterday, bring the statewide total to 11,124, Gov. Phil Murphy announced today.

“We are now into the five digits,” said Murphy. “That, in and of itself, should be enough of a reason to continue your social distancing.”

Murphy said that 32 New Jerseyans died of COVID-19 since Friday, with the total number of reported deaths in the state now at 140.

The governor announced a 90-day grace period for mortgage payments.  Murphy said that a 90-day grace period and a moratorium of foreclosures and evictions so that “many New Jersey families can breathe easier, keep their heads above water, and have a place they can continue to call home.”

To any renter facing eviction, let me be clear – under an executive order your landlord cannot kick you out of your home during this emergency,” Murphy said.  “For any landlord who is getting mortgage relief today – we expect you will in turn provide similar relief to your tenants.”

Murphy praised federal legislation that provides New Jersey some relief, but says the state still needs more.

“The federal bill President Trump signed last night is a welcome first step in helping New Jersey make it through this emergency,” Murphy said.  “But it is not nearly enough. We will undoubtedly need more. I’ll keep working alongside our federal delegation and my fellow governors to get more.

State Police Superintendent Patrick Callahan said that after conversations between Murphy , Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, the state received a “critical shipment of PPE from the federal stockpile,” including 120,000 N95 masks 287,000 surgical masks 62,000+ face shields 51,000+ surgical gloves 3,500+ coveralls 368,000+ pairs of gloves 1,000 medical beds.

“We’re thankful to our federal partners for their support,” the governor stated.  “New Jersey is in the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic and we’ll keep working to get more of the PPE we need to keep New Jerseyans safe.”

Ewing police broke up a part with 47 attendees, including a DJ, who were in a 550 square foot apartment.

“The organizer was charged, as they should have been and deserved to be,” Murphy said.  “This is not a game.  Stay home.”

Murphy announce that he will sign an executive order today that requires designated health care facilities to report their personal protection equipment inventory, bed capacity and available ventilators daily.

Only the Bergen County College testing site will be open on Sunday, with testing beginning at 8 AM and closing when 500 samples have been collected.   The PNC Arts Center site in Holmdel will open at 8 AM Monday and will be capped at 500 samples.

The New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus will provide drive-through testing for symptomatic first responders and health care workers who live or work in Bergen County.  Testing is by appointment and requires pre-screening through a telehealth interview.

Commissioner of Health Judy Persichilli said 29,833 COVID-19 tests have been performed, resulting in 10,436 positive tests (35%).

This story has been updated several times to include new reports.

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