New Jersey’s COVID-19 death toll has now reached 3,840 — more than five times the number of New Jersey residents who died on Sept. 11, Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday.
Over 78,000 people have been diagnosed in the state.
New Jersey is among the states experiencing deadly coronavirus outbreaks at nursing homes.
The state’s long-term care facilities are reporting 9,094 cases and 1,530 deaths.
Nursing home deaths now account for 40% of all COVID-19 deaths in New Jersey.
New Jersey schools are closed and operating by remote learning until at least May 15. Asked if students would be instructed to wear masks when back at school, Murphy told reporters, “I would bet the answer is yes.”
Murphy also announced that New Jersey is the first state to allow the attorney general’s office to issue temporary emergency licenses to foreign-licensed physicians.