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New Jersey on Tuesday recorded its largest single-day increase in coronavirus-related deaths as Gov. Phil Murphy moved to close state and county parks and forests in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.
Officials reported 232 new deaths Tuesday, bringing the state’s total death toll to 1,232 with the virus’ projected peak still weeks away.
“It is almost unfathomable, folks, when you think about that — 1,232 lost lives,” Murphy said during his daily coronavirus press conference.
New Jersey officials reported 3,361 newly confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday, bringing the state total to 44,416.
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The startling figures come just a day after Murphy said New Jersey was beginning to see signs that social distancing measures were slowing the spread of the virus. He again pleaded with residents to continue to stay home and away from one another.
“It won’t be fun. We know we are not out of the woods yet, we’re not close to that,” Murphy said. “And that more residents will sadly fall [ill] and that some will not be with us when we get to the other side. But we have to do this, to make sure those numbers are as low as we can make them.”
Murphy said Monday that New Jersey could see a peak surge in cases between April 19 and May 11, with a peak in hospitalizations falling between April 10 and April 28. Under a best-case scenario, officials predict the state will see 86,000 cases.
Murphy on Tuesday also ordered the closure of all state and county parks as well as state forests after reports that residents were congregating in the greenspaces and not maintaining social distancing.