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Positive COVID-19 tests up 56% in New Jersey

Total deaths now at 62

By David Wildstein, March 26 2020 2:38 pm

New Jersey has had a 56% increase in residents testing positive for COVID-10 since yesterday, according to Gov. Phil Murphy and state Commissioner of Health Judy Persichilli.

The number jumped from 4,402 to 6,876 in the last 24 hours.

The state has had 81 coronavirus-related deaths, up from 62 on Wednesday.

Persichilli said that data from seven laboratories representing about 90% of the COVID-19 tests in the state show that over 19,000 New Jerseyans have been tested and 6,137 of them, 31.7%, have tested positive.

According to Murphy, 1,206 positives have come from Bergen, followed by 609 from Essex, 505 from Middlesex, 501 from Monmouth, 441 from Hudson and 432 from Union.

WNBC-TV’s Brian Thompson reported three new deaths at a long-term care facility in Woodbridge.  All remaining residents are being evacuated.

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