CORONAVIRUS IN NJ: Death toll passes 11,000, 443 new cases

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Gov. Phil Murphy said Saturday that New Jersey’s coronavirus death toll had surpassed 11,000 as the state confirmed hundreds more cases.

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“Sadly, we’ve lost 96 more New Jerseyans,” Murphy tweeted Saturday afternoon.

The 96 newly reported deaths bring the state’s death toll to 11,081.

Murphy said the state had reported another 443 cases of COVID-19 since Friday.

The governor cautioned that "there's a significant amount of electronic lab reports that have NOT BEEN PROCESSED YET and may be affecting today’s number of new cases."

The total number of cases in the state is now 153,104.

Murphy said of those cases, 2,974 people are hospitalized, 806 are in critical or intensive care and 611 are on ventilators.

The governor announced Friday that people can gather outdoors in groups of as many as 25, instead of 10, and Memorial Day cookouts can go forward if people keep their distance from one another.

Public and private campgrounds may also reopen, Murphy said, citing continuing hopeful trends in the state’s coronavirus data.

“If you’re looking forward to gathering with your neighbors for a Memorial Day cookout, you may do so, as long as social distancing and personal responsibility remain the order of the day,” he said.

Indoor gatherings are still limited to 10 people.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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