NJ’s COVID-19 Death Toll Climbs by 379, Biggest Spike Yet

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -
Governor Phil Murphy tours the Atlantic City field hospital during the COVID-19 outbreak Tuesday, April 21 2020. (Edwin J. Torres for GovernorÕs Office).

New Jersey’s COVID-19 death toll saw its biggest spike yet, climbing by 379 deaths, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday.

The spike comes as the number of new cases has been leveling off, the first-term Democrat said at a news conference.

New Jersey has had 4,753 deaths from the virus and more than 92,000 cases, up from about 89,000.

Despite some positive signs, like the leveling off of cases and the increasing time it takes for the number of people with COVID-19 to double, Murphy said there are still weeks to go of social distancing.

“We cannot rush to reopen anything and risk undoing all the extraordinary work you’ve done so far,” Murphy said.

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MURPHY APPROVAL SOARS

A new poll from Monmouth University out Tuesday showed the governor’s approval rating climbing by 30 points.

The governor’s job approval rating climbed to 71%, up from 41% in September. Murphy’s disapproval rating also shrank, from 38% in September to 21%, in the latest survey.

The poll was conducted by telephone from April 16 to 19 with 704 New Jersey adults. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.