NJ Health Commissioner: A family gathering in Monmouth County led to one COVID-19 death and several positive tests
New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said that a family gathering has resulted in one Monmouth County death from COVID-19 and several positive tests for the virus. The women who died at CentreState Medical Center on Thursday, was related to a sibling of the Bergen County man who died earlier last week.
Persichilli made the announcement on a telephonic media briefing which included Governor Phil Murphy and other state officials.
Murphy said that we need to “shake the state from business as usual” and dramatically increase social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Governor announced that there are 31 new cases of COVID-19 cases since Saturday and that there are now 98 cases in New Jersey, including the two fatalities.
Murphy said that he would be announcing a statewide closure of schools on Monday and that state government workers will be working from home starting later this week. “We need to walk the walk,” the governor said. “We’re encouraging businesses to have their employees work from home. We need to do so as well. This is an important part of social distancing.”
The governor said that he has asked the federal government to open a emergency Affordable Heathcare Act enrollment period healthcare.gov.
Murphy announced that a website, cv.business.nj.gov has been set up for businesses, “particularly small businesses” with information on how to appropriately handle employees and available government assistance.
The governor is encouraging employers to continue to pay their employees who are not able to work due to the virus. He said that failure to do so may disqualify that business from applying for yet to be announced federal or state assistance.