TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – New Jersey saw a jump of 200 newly-reported dead from coronavirus-related illness on Saturday, raising the state’s total of 846 dead.
“Let me put this in a proper yet very sobering context: We have now lost nearly 100 more of our fellow New Jerseyans to COVID-19 than did on the September 11 attacks,” said Gov. Phil Murphy during his daily coronavirus briefing, prompting him to call for a moment of silence during the news conference.
“Please let that sink in for a moment,” he said. “This pandemic is writing one of the greatest tragedies in our state’s history, and just as we have committed to never forgetting those lost on 9/11, we must commit to never forgetting those we’re losing to this pandemic.”
New Jersey now has 34,124 total confirmed coronavirus cases, up 4,331 from the previous day – more than any other state in America except for New York.
“We’re going through Hell together,” said Murphy.
Across the state, Bergen and Essex counties remain the worst coronavirus hotspots:
- Bergen County: 5760 confirmed cases (179 deaths)
- Essex County: 3584 confirmed cases (155 deaths)
- Hudson County: 3491 confirmed cases (78 deaths)
- Union County: 2916 confirmed cases (66 deaths)
- Passaic County: 2856 confirmed cases (38 deaths)
- Middlesex County: 2578 confirmed cases (76 deaths)
- Monmouth County: 2065 confirmed cases (54 deaths)
- Ocean County: 2003 confirmed cases (56 deaths)
- Morris County: 1618 confirmed cases (51 deaths)
- Somerset County: 765 confirmed cases (24 deaths)
- Mercer County: 586 confirmed cases (13 deaths)
- Camden County: 481 confirmed cases (8 deaths)
- Burlington County: 469 confirmed cases (10 deaths)
- Sussex County: 236 confirmed cases (9 deaths)
- Gloucester County: 215 confirmed cases (3 deaths)
- Warren County: 182 confirmed cases (6 deaths)
- Hunterdon County: 171 confirmed cases (1 deaths)
- Atlantic County: 98 confirmed cases (1 deaths)
- Cape May County: 50 confirmed cases (0 deaths)
- Cumberland County: 40 confirmed cases (2 deaths)
- Salem County: 25 confirmed cases (2 deaths)
New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said nine of the most recently reported deaths came from long-term health care facilities.