TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Positive coronavirus cases grew quite a bit in New Jersey and Connecticut over the weekend.
The total number of cases as of Sunday in the Garden State stands at 37,505. The virus has killed 917 people.
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Gov. Phil Murphy said his state is bracing for a battle that will last weeks, and possibly even months.
“This is certainly going to be a huge challenge for us, April through May, there’s no question, and the evidence is increasingly showing this is going to spill meaningfully into the summer. It could impact the NFL season. It will impact a whole lot of lives. This is the fight of our lives. None of us have gone through this before,” Murphy said Sunday night on CNN.
The governor said New Jersey received 500 ventilators from the federal government on Sunday, but he anticipates more will be needed.
There is also a growing concern about the spread of the virus in Connecticut.
Nearly 400 cases have been confirmed in the past 24 hours.
A total of 5,675 people are confirmed to have the virus and 189 have died, officials said.