Gov. Murphy: NJ has lost more residents to COVID-19 than to 9/11 attacks

KYW Staff
April 04, 2020 - 1:27 pm

UPDATED: Sunday, April 5

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Phil Murphy Sunday announced over 3,000 new positive coronavirus cases, bringing the state total to 37,505. The state now has a a total of 917 coronavirus-related deaths. 

As the number of people with coronavirus rises, Murphy shared one piece of good news: The state will receive much-needed healthcare supplies seized by federal authorities in Brooklyn.

“We learned from the FBI and U.S. attorney's office that New Jersey will be one of the beneficiaries of the distribution of those hoarded supplies. We will be receiving 70,000 N95 masks and 5,000 gloves among other PPE from this seizure,” he said. 

Murphy also announced an administrative order that lets municipalities and counties impose extra restrictions on short-term rentals. The order is designed to keep people who don’t belong in shore communities from leaving their primary homes and heading down to vacation homes, rental properties, motels and guest houses. He said those communities don’t have the medical or emergency personnel to handle the increase in the number of people during this pandemic, especially in the off-season.

Murphy said Saturday the state has lost almost 100 more residents to COVID-19 than to the 9/11 attacks. 

The state has stressed the need for ventilators and personal protective equipment to the federal government again, while learning that a bust on a hoarder in Brooklyn, New York will net New Jersey some of that badly needed material, including 75,000 masks. 

On Friday, Murphy mandated the lowering of all flags across the state to half staff indefinitely to honor all those who have died from the coronavirus.

Murphy also suggested if people want to wear face masks in public, go ahead. But save the N95 masks for health care workers in need of them. 

“You can wear a bandana or a scarf or a simple cloth face covering when you’re out. There’s nothing wrong with that. But that is not, in any way, a replacement for social distancing in terms of flattening the curve,” he said Friday.

KYW Newsradio's David Madden and Lynne Adkins contributed to this report.