Tracking New Jersey Governor On Coronavirus News Conference – April 17, 2020
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) held a news conference from Trenton 4/17/2020 on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. During the briefing, several topics were discussed including the increase in viable beds for emergency care, additional COVID-19 testing sites, economic stimulus via block grants, and the enforcement of state and national guidelines in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy press conference on the Covid-19 outbreak, which has infected more than 75,317 people in the state as of Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
New Jersey ranks as the second hardest-hit state by the coronavirus, following New York. On Thursday, Murphy announced that New Jersey has opened an investigation into nursing home deaths across the state after officials discovered 17 bodies piled into a makeshift morgue and more than 100 residents infected with Covid-19 at a long-term care facility.
Murphy said he’s asked state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to review all long-term care facilities across the state that have seen a disproportionate number of deaths since the epidemic began earlier this year.
There are 379 long-term care and assisted living facilities now reporting at least one Covid-19 case in their facilities, bringing the total reported cases to over 8,209 in long-term care facilities, state officials said. Another link is on C-Span below: