New Jersey reported 162 new deaths from Covid-19, bringing the statewide total to 10,586 lab confirmed fatalities in the state, Gov. Phil Murphy said today at a press conference.
The state also reported 1,055 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total to 149,013 cases.
While the numbers in the state remain very high, the governor noted there are several positive indicators:
- The daily positivity rate in the state remains at 12% — a continued downward trend.
- Hospitalizations are also down in the state, and the number of individuals in the ICU dropped below 1,000 — to 977 — for the first time in “a long time,” Murphy said.
- Ventilator use is also down in the state.
More about these figures: At least 28,312 of the total Covid-19 cases in the state have been in long-term care facilities, Murphy said, and there have been a total of 4,295 lab confirmed deaths at long term care facilities across the state.
Murphy announced that starting today, the state is sharing only the numbers of lab confirmed Covid-19 deaths for long-term care facilities — a change from how the state was previously reporting the numbers from these facilities.
Additionally, the governor said that he was issuing an administrative order today to allow for in-person sales at car and motorcycle dealerships and bike shops effective at 6 a.m. ET on Wednesday.