New Jersey Reports 148 New Covid-19 Deaths, 970 New Cases

View of roadways of George Washington Bridge with huge American Flag hanging on New Jersey side tower during Memorial Day in NYC amid COVID-19 pandemic.
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By WCBS Newsradio 880

TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday reported 970 new COVID-19 cases and 148 new deaths, while stressing that the state cannot consider “specific timetables” for reopening until it meets certain benchmarks. 

A total of 156,628 state residents have now tested positive for COVID-19, and 11,339 have died, Murphy said during his daily briefing Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday's death toll may have been higher than usual due to "delayed reporting" over Memorial Day weekend, the governor noted.

On Tuesday, 241 COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospitals across the state, while 164 were discharged, Murphy said. 

While 2,761 state residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, the number of patients in critical or intensive care dropped to 768, he added. As of Wednesday, 583 of those patients were on ventilators. 

“Despite the daily fluctuations… it is clear that our overall trajectory remains positive,” he said.

But while all of the state’s key COVID-19 metrics — including new hospitalizations, patients in the ICU and patients on ventilators — have shown “tremendous progress” over the past month, the state needs to “keep working,” he added.