NEW YORK (77 WABC) — The numbers of deaths from complications to COVID-19 has eclipsed 10,500 in New Jersey. Governor Phil Murphy said an additional 162 people died in the previous 24 hours.
While New Jersey is taking some small steps to reopening the economy, Murphy cautioned the state is “not out of the woods.”
Compared to New York and Connecticut, and other large states, New Jersey has the most COVID-19 patients in hospitals and most deaths per 100,000.
The number of patients in ICU or CCU, though, dropped below 1,000 for the “first time in a very long time,” Murphy said.
Deaths associated with COVID at nursing homes is also on the slow decline.
But Murphy is taking another step on the road to recovery, allowing motorcycle and car dealerships to resume in-person sales. Bike shops will also be open to the public.
In addition, Murphy is permitting all elective surgeries and dental procedures as of next Tuesday.
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said all licensed pharmacies can begin testing customers for COVID-19, paving the way for thousands of pharmacies statewide to serve as testing sites.
NEW: We’ve received 1,055 new positive #COVID19 test results, bringing our statewide total to 149,013.
The curve continues to move in the right direction overall.
The daily positivity rate for tests from May 15th was 12 percent. pic.twitter.com/j9gp6ovKTO
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) May 19, 2020