New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy told reporters Saturday that the state's downward trend in Covid-19 cases continued, but emphasized the importance of remaining socially distant, especially as the weather improves.
Murphy reported 205 news deaths and 2,912 additional cases since yesterday, bringing the state totals to 7,742 deaths and 123,717 cases, respectively.
This has been as tough a week as it relates to fatalities as we have had," he said.
While the governor called the statewide death toll "unfathomable," he expressed hope that New Jersey was rounding the corner.
"All of the important metrics in our hospitals continue to show positive trends," Murphy said.
He said initial anecdotal reports indicated that the reopening of parks in the state was working out but said that this weekend would be a bellwether for social distancing.
"If we hear minimal reports of knucklehead behavior at our parks and we see the metrics we need to meet being met over the next couple of days and weeks, then we know that you all have taken to heart your responsibility," he said.
He said it was a "big week in terms of federal assistance" He lauded the federal government for giving the state testing supplies and for providing PPE to long-term care facilities.