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New Jersey closes most public parks, extends emergency order as deaths surge

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy speaks after taking the oath of workplace in Trenton, New Jersey, January 16, 2018.

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New Jersey is extending its public well being emergency order and shutting all state and county parks as coronavirus deaths hit the best single-day improve in COVID-19 deaths but, Gov. Phil Murphy introduced Tuesday.

Murphy introduced that 232 individuals died of the coronavirus over the previous day, bringing the state whole to 1,232. He added that 3,361 individuals examined optimistic prior to now day, which brings the full in New Jersey to 44,416.

“We have also lost, and this is sadly our highest toll to date, we have lost another 232 of our precious fellow New Jerseyians to COVID-19-related complications,” he mentioned. “The best way we can protect this New Jersey family is by social distancing.”

Despite the bounce in deaths, Murphy famous that the unfold of the virus seems to be slowing down, although he cautioned that it is too early to say so definitively. Epidemiologists and public officers are carefully watching the so-called curve of recent infections, which plots out the share improve in new circumstances. They try to “flatten the curve” of the road graph, which might point out that the outbreak is slowing.

“Yesterday, we noted that we’re beginning to see, and I don’t want to overstate this in anyway, the very first potential signs that the curve may be finally flattening,” he mentioned. “But we cannot be happy with only reaching a plateau.”

Social distancing seems to be successfully curbing the unfold of the virus in New Jersey, Murphy mentioned, telling residents to “stay at your home unless you absolutely need to go out.”

He mentioned he’ll signal 4 new government orders that can prolong the state’s public well being emergency by 30 days. The emergency order permits the state to limit the motion of its residents, thereby extending a stay-at-home order Murphy initially issued on March 21. Murphy initially declared a public well being emergency on March 9. He additionally introduced an order to shut all state and county parks all through New Jersey, including that residents have been crowding the parks and disregarding social distancing tips.

“We have seen far too many instances where people are gathering in groups in our parks erroneously thinking since they’re outside social distancing doesn’t matter,” he mentioned. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”

This is breaking information. Check again right here for updates. 

Correction: This article was up to date to right the character of the order. New Jersey prolonged its public well being emergency order.

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