CORONAVIRUS IN NJ: 1,735 new cases, 83 new deaths; venues including batting cages, community gardens, tennis clubs set to reopen

Tents are set up outside of the University hospital on May 11, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey.
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By 1010 WINS

TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday reported 1,735 new COVID-19 cases and 83 new deaths — after announcing that batting cages, golf ranges, shooting and archery ranges, private tennis clubs, horseback riding venues and community gardens would be allowed to reopen later this week. 

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An executive order allowing those outdoor venues to open will take effect this Friday, May 22 at 5 a.m., Murphy said during his daily briefing. Golfers will also be allowed to tee-off in foursomes, as opposed to pairs. 

“If we see a backslide we will not hesitate — we will take no joy in it — but we will not hesitate to take action,” he said. 

A total of 148,039 New Jersey residents have now tested positive for COVID-19, and 10,435 have died, Murphy said, noting that Monday’s data could include “catch up” numbers that weren’t previously counted. 

As of Monday, 3,509 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19, including 334 who were admitted on Sunday, he said. The number of patients on ventilators dropped to 819, and the number of patients in either critical or intensive care dropped to 1,053.