Gov. Murphy: NJ Has Largest 2-Day COVID Death Toll in 7 Months
NEW JERSEY — New Jersey saw more than 100 deaths related to the coronavirus on back-to-back days for the first time since the spring this week, as Gov. Phil Murphy continued to urge residents to practice caution for the upcoming holidays.
The number of hospitalizations also reached a seven-month record high, and the number of cases in schools continues to climb.
"They remain the No. 1 reason we can't get lax in our precautions, in our social distancing, in our wearing of masks," Murphy said of the new numbers during a news conference on Wednesday.
The state recorded more than 100 new deaths on two consecutive days on Tuesday and Wednesday for the first time since the end of May. There were 131 deaths on May 29, and 113 on May 30; there were 104 and 103 on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Out of the 103 deaths reported on Wednesday, 11 came from the state's long-term care facilities.
Murphy echoed a call he and other officials have made for several months, advising residents not to get together with anyone outside their immediate household for the holidays. It was a call that was made in the days leading up to Thanksgiving.
"Don't screw up Christmas," Murphy said. "Don't go big, don't go multi-generational. Keep it to your immediate family."
Murphy and other state officials believe deaths have been rising because the cold weather and the holidays have compelled people to go inside more often and engage in larger groups. They saw the trend start to rise sharply after large gatherings were reported around Thanksgiving.