Transportation Security Administration agents screened over 234,000 passengers across the country on Thursday, highest number of travelers seen since March 25.
The pandemic has caused air travel to plunge. For comparison, this same time last year, 2,611,324 people were screened on one day across the U.S.
– Slowing in number of cases at NJ long-term care facilities
While New Jersey’s long-term care facilities have seen an outsized proportion of the state’s deaths — 5,289, more than half the reported 10,138 — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday reported a slowing in the number of newly reported cases at those facilities.
The state’s nursing homes have been particularly hit hard by the virus. The New Jersey attorney general’s office started investigating the state’s long-term care facilities in April. The state has asked the public to report any misconduct anonymously through an online portal.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs plans to provide five 10-person health care strike teams that will join staffs at long-term facilities until June 30, Murphy said Thursday.
Meanwhile, Murphy said that elective surgery and other invasive procedures can resume on May 26, calling it a “big step forward for public health.”