NJ's COVID-19 death toll tops 15K as hospitalizations climb by nearly 100

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TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- New Jersey reported 48 new COVID-19-related fatalities on Tuesday, pushing the state’s death toll past 15,000, Gov. Phil Murphy said.

A total of 15,007 people in the Garden State have now died of complications related to the virus, Murphy tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

As of Monday night, 2,785 New Jerseyans were hospitalized with confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases, up from 2,693 on Sunday night, he said.

Five hundred and twenty-two of the 2,785 patients were in intensive care and 265 were on ventilators, the state’s COVID-19 tracker shows.

Murphy also reported 30 new COVID-19 cases in New Jersey’s schools over the past week, linked to 10 outbreaks.

“This Thanksgiving, spread gratitude, not COVID-19,” he wrote on Twitter. “We urge everyone to plan for a small gathering with your immediate household only.”

“The smaller the gathering, the safer we all are,” he added.