Coronavirus Pennsylvania: COVID-19 Deaths In State Rise Above 1,400 As Statewide Cases Surpass 37,000

The death toll in the state is now at 1,394. 

Coronavirus Pennsylvania: COVID-19 Deaths In State Rise Above 1,400 As Statewide Cases Surpass 37,000

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Pennsylvania health officials announced Thursday there are more than 1,300 deaths in the state due to COVID-19, as the statewide number of cases surpasses 37,000. An additional 1,369 cases were announced, bringing the statewide total to 37,053.

The death toll in the state is now at 1,421.

In Philadelphia, there are 583 new cases, bringing the citywide total to 11,226. The death toll is at 443 in the city.

Gov. Tom Wolf has launched an online portal where people can inform the state of critical medical supplies they have to donate during the coronavirus pandemic. The online portal comes after the commonwealth received many inquires from people who want to help during the crisis.

On Wednesday, Wolf unveiled a color-coded approach to getting the state back to business safely.

“We will not just be flipping a switch and going from closed to open and ultimately the virus is going to set the timeline not us,” Wolf said.

Right now, the entire state is in the red phase. We are under a stay-at-home order and only life-sustaining businesses are open.

The plan is for parts of the state’s Northwest and North Central regions to move into the yellow phase on May 8.

Many restrictions would remain in place but in-person retail would be allowed curbside, daycare would reopen and gatherings would be limited to 25 people.

For more information on Gov. Wolf’s three-part phase to reopening Pennsylvania, click here.

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Coronavirus New Jersey: Gov. Murphy Says Curve Of New COVID-19 Cases ‘Remains Significantly Flat’ As Statewide Total Nears 100,000

Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday 99,989 New Jerseyans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and another 307 have died. 

Coronavirus New Jersey: Gov. Murphy Says Curve Of New COVID-19 Cases ‘Remains Significantly Flat’ As Statewide Total Nears 100,000

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — New Jersey officials announced an additional 4,427 coronavirus cases as the statewide total nears 100,000. Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday 99,989 New Jerseyans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and another 307 have died.

The state’s death toll is now at 5,368.

“Of the nearly 100,000 total cases we’ve reported since our first positive case on March 4, roughly 46,000 of these individuals have now exited the two-week incubation window,” Gov. Murphy said.

As of 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night, 7,240 New Jersey residents were hospitalized, 1,990 of those patients were in the intensive care unit and 1,462 were using a ventilator.

Murphy says the state continues to see a curve in new COVID-19 cases and says social distancing continues to slow the spread of the virus.

Despite the curve, Murphy says it is still too early to reopen the state.

On Wednesday, he announced a joint contact tracing program with New York and Connecticut as deaths have passed 5,000 in the Garden State. Officials say the formation of a joint tracing program could help find and isolate small outbreaks of COVID-19 in the future.

“In particular, our three states are working on a contact tracing program that includes not just human components, but also a technological one, as well,” Murphy said.

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