In New Jersey, the coronavirus death toll has reached 4,753, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday.
While over 92,000 people have been diagnosed, the state is seeing decreases in the number of new hospitalizations, Murphy said.
“For now, we have to do things like keeping our parks closed,” the governor said, adding they can’t risk undoing the good that has been done so far.
“That’s why our schools are still closed and will be,” he continued. “We are not going to open our schools back up until we are convinced by the science and medical professionals that doing so would be safe for students, for staff.”
When schools reopen, Murphy said “we will not hesitate to require additional protections, things like face coverings, or certain configurations of classrooms, if we believe by doing so we will make our schools even safer.”
“I understand the concern felt by so many parents what their kids are missing by having the schools closed,” Murphy said. “We just can’t rush this.”