NJ Gov. Murphy details latest coronavirus news
Now with more than 1,200 deaths in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy holds a COVID-19 briefing in Trenton.
this picture is of Joe with his grandchildren He was just 62 years old when he passed By the way I'm 62 so that's Ah wake up for yours truly His wife Denise and the entire family is in our thoughts and prayers God bless Joe to call Jerry Lynch a Belmar icon still couldn't capture his essence We lost him too At age 91 Jerry was the founder of the Belmar ST Patrick's Day parade I had the honor of meeting Jerry in his youth He performed on Broadway He had an incredible voice In fact he appeared with Ray Bolger for you Wizard of Oz fans Dave I'm looking at you But then he settled at the shore and was the owner of Lynch's Hotel He served in the Belmar Board of Education was president of Qantas Club remained a loyal member of ST Rose's church and gave himself fully to his community He leaves a large family headed by his wife Frances He will be sorely missed and long remembered Richard E Barber Sr was that there's Richard was a senior deacon at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Franklin Somerset County since his youth leading civil rights protests in Greensboro North Carolina in 1960 he had dedicated his life to the cause of social justice and community empowerment He was a past president the n double A C P Of New Brunswick a deputy executive director of the National and Double A C P and served as the regional administrator of the Small Business Administration under President Jimmy Carter He founded numerous community based organizations He too was sorely missed and will not be forgotten And I know my friend Reverend and pastor Buster Soaries is broken hearted right now with the passing of Mr Richard Barber And again let's repeat the point that Judy and I made yesterday We're on Lee early stage in uh in honor and respected Mr Barber only early stage and getting a full handle on the racial told that this is taking But the early data points are that we may be seeing a similar reality in New Jersey As we're seeing nationally and elsewhere the communities of color are paying a higher price again As we get the data and get more comfortable with it we will be very clear with you in terms of how we see that headed again these air just three of the wonderful New Jerseyans we have said good bye to There are many many more whose stories deserve to be told and celebrated and remembered Each one was a precious blessed member of our family But now what's our job Our job is to continue honoring them by continuing all that we're currently doing to flatten the curve and to slow the spread of illness We cannot let up tonight Especially is the first night of Passover Maurin that in a moment traditionally families and friends and entire congregations indeed would gather for the Seder some of Tammy's in my favorite memories particularly with the Jewish community and then with other face with us not just in New Jersey but in our prior life in the Federal Republic of Germany Some of those seders were some of our favorite memories but stealing from the four questions tonight is different from all other nights as are all the Knights of Passover this year I cannot say this strongly enough We cannot gather together There cannot be large community seders or gatherings either by the way indoors or outdoors we will have to get creative to come together virtually so that we can gather together again someday soon In person folks let's remember one thing As a general matter this is not specific to pass over but it certainly includes Passover It will include Easter It will include Ramadan It will include every minute of every day This is a war that we're fighting on two fronts And I said this the other day It's both Churchill's never have so few done for so many and at the same time the symmetry of so many doing for so few on the many side on what we can do the nine million of us we have got to stay home and stay away from each other It brings me no joy and saying that during Passover Easter Ramadan or any other moment But that is the only way out of this We have got to stay home and at the same time the other front of the war is Judy and Christina in the impact and all the others who are aggressively and heroically building out in sustaining our healthcare capacity And so you've got two lines The lines of those infected which will lead to the lines Judy of those hospitalized and in turn to the lines who were required critical care and sadly to those whose lives were lost That's one line The other line is our capacity beds health care workers the heroes ventilators personal protective equipments the right drugs that we need our plea our challenge Our mission is that both of those lines cross at a reasonable rate at a reasonable date at a level that we can sustain again What we can do the many of us all nine million of us is to stay home stay away from each other flatten the curve aggressively Don't let the warm weather or the holidays full us We're in the fight of our lives and we remain in the fight of our lives over here And while we do that we allow our health care professionals toe build out the capacity to relief get relief from that bullpen for our heroic health care workers And God willing those two lines cross at a level and a date that we can manage within our system That is our collective challenge Those are the two fronts of the war in which we find ourselves The story of Passover is a story of strength and perseverance and ultimately deliverance So we must exhibit these traits today throughout Passover and every day until this emergency ends And to our family members of the Jewish fleet Faith bless you Hug Semak and pay suck hog Semak Pesach to each of you bless you We wish you a happy Passover We know it will be the most unusual one of your lives May you all be safe and healthy And our job is While this 1 may be really unusual is to stay home stay away from each other so that next year we may be able to say in a big room like this sort of big table together hug some maniac pay sock And Easter by the way comes on Sunday April 12th Ramadan comes less than two weeks later in April 23rd This is not just pass over This is those holidays as well This is every minute of every day And as I noted yesterday when the time comes that we can begin to put this emergency in the rear view mirror Police God do not think that we're going to be able again Please don't get upset about this But we cannot think that we're gonna be able to get back to normal all at once It is going to take time to reopen our state and indeed our country in a systematic and careful way to protect against a boom a ring of Corona virus If we open up too soon I fear we're placing gasoline on the fire This is not a situation where you when the lights go out and you go to the basement and flipped the main breaker in the whole house gets powered back up we're gonna have to go room by room carefully and methodically to make sure we're doing it in a way that is smart and it keeps us safe So I ask you again for your patients not just for the days and weeks ahead as we work together to flatten the curve and come down the other side But for the weeks that will undoubtedly follow As we carefully begin to get our state back open again and we will get there let me say that unequivocally assuming all nine million of us including yours truly and my colleagues assuming we all do our job and we will we will get there will come through this together as one extraordinary New Jersey family stronger than ever before not without casualty We've already seen that the blessed lives lost Not without mistake I'm sure and not tomorrow or next week As much as I'd love to see that a couple of announcements if I may on testing the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel is open today It began at 8 a.m. Today April 8th and it will go to its capacity of either 500 tests or 4 p.m. Tomorrow it will be closed But likewise this is the on again off again Bergen Community College will be open tomorrow April 9th Uh if you go on our covert 19 dot NJ dot gov and you look for testing sites you'll see According to Brady O'Connor we now have at least 54 up and running around the state That's both government sponsored by ourselves or counties as well as private as was mentioned yesterday and Pat gets a lot of credit here California Governor Gavin Newsom has availed 100 ventilators to New Jersey Those ventilators arrived last night and are currently being prepped by Colonel Callahan's team So I want to say as I said last night in a television interview to Governor Newsome in the great state of California New Jersey cannot thank you enough and no to that we will repay this favor We're all in this together and we will support our fellow Americans at every step of the way Just a CZ there supporting us in New Jersey Thank you while a man and I want to give a shout out to Senate Democratic leader Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi on their call today for an additional $150 billion in direct financial assistance to states to help us mitigate the impact of this emergency on our budgets I was just on the phone a short few minutes ago on this very topic with Senator Bob Menendez To be sure we're going to need more than that a lot more than that and we will need flexibility to not only cover lost revenues but also meet unprecedented needs But this is a good next step and again our state is probably like a lot of households right now Expenses that air challenged and rising and income and revenues that are falling The American people and our businesses rely upon states to deliver essential service is to them And we need to come out of this emergency in a strong position to ensure our state's recovery and our national recovering Next up Switching gears I'm signing three executive orders First a poorly kept secret I am moving the date of our primary elections from Tuesday June 2nd to do Tuesday July 7 This is being done for two simple reasons First we want to preserve the possibility that improvements in the public health situation will allow Pass gives me for in person voting and delaying the primary by five weeks increases the likelihood of that Two If failing that we eventually have to make the move to a statewide all vote by mail election which has never happened before Mother Way we must make sure our systems are able to handle that That task becomes easier with an extra month of time Our democracy cannot be a casualty of covert 19 We want to ensure that every voter convert without endangering their health or their safety And I don't want a Wisconsin and saw yesterday where folks had to pick between exercising their right to vote on the one hand and protecting their own personal health The second order I am signing will further our aggressive efforts to enforce social distancing in this one If you think that for some reason just because the curve is beginning to flatten that were out of the woods this executive order will disa value of that All non essential construction across this state will cease indefinitely Effective 8 p.m. Friday Exceptions to the shutdown include projects that are hospitals and schools in our transportation and utility sector the building of affordable housing other individual housing sites that can adhere to strict limits on the number of workers on site at any given time emergency repairs and work needed to safely secure a construction site and other limited instances This same executive order also aims to mitigate the instances we have seen of overcrowding at essential retail stores and most notably in our supermarkets All essential retail must indefinitely limit the number of customers in their stores to 50% of their approved capacity and If we don't see adherence to this you can assume as we have ed with other steps that 50 will go down and they must do more than that Customers and employees must wear face coverings Stores must also provide special shopping hours for high risk individuals direct physical barriers between customers and cashiers and baggers where practicable and regularly sanitized areas used by their employees among other requirements Things you've heard us preaching Judy for the past several weeks this is codifying all of that These restrictions that I have laid out must be followed throughout the state No municipality or county may impose additional restrictions of their own on essential retail businesses This is one set of rules for everyone in New Jersey Additionally this order will also put greater protections in place for the workers at our warehouses and in manufacturing No one should be working where social distancing isn't being practiced to its fullest extent Now again I want to say something very clearly We're not running out of food or other items period Our supply chain is feeling the stress but it is holding strong We're taking the step to protect both customers and essential workers Ensuring social distancing may require you to change the times in which you go to the store but that's a small price to pay to ensure the health of your community My third executive order will increase the weight limits on our interstate highways and toll roads from 40 tons 2 46 tons for trucks carrying cove it relief supplies We had this flexibility because of the major disaster declaration we received from the federal government and we will keep our supply chain moving Other news this morning Judy Pat myself along with Senator Cory Booker Major General Geoffrey Mill Horn Lieutenant Colonel David Park of the U S Army Corps of Engineers Major General John King of the Fifth Army Agitate General Jamal Beale and others toward the 500 bed field medical station being set up at the New Jersey Convention in Exposition Center in Edison and would also give a shout out to our brothers and sisters in labor who helped get that up and running so quickly This is the third Sorry This is the largest of the three stations being stood up in our state and we express our thanks to the U s Army Corps The federal administration are in a state hospital networks State police Department of Health and others for their partnership in getting these stations up and ready to serve patients Well there we got some pictures While these sites are preparing again this is a bigger one It's similar Looks very similar with one that we toured in Secaucus but twice as large While these sites are preparing to go into service I know Judy would want me to say this We have a critical need for volunteers with direct medical experience and specifically the Department of Health Immediate need is for people with experience Is a chief nursing officer or chief medical officer physicians certainly respiratory therapists that I think is the top of our list to help lead these field medical stations and I should note that these positions would be paid so we urge you to contact us through our volunteer portal at Cove in 19 dot NJ dot gov slash volunteer And as we have stated before in addition to the field medical stations we have undertaken aggressive efforts alongside our hospitals to increase their bed capacities So far our health systems and independent acute care hospitals have already increased their potential bed capacity by approximately 60% and they continue to explore other creative solutions for expanding further And Judy stress this earlier on a call today The creativity being exercise by our hospital systems is truly outstanding and by their extraordinary workforce Couple of examples over the past several weeks 100 Medical Center has increased its bed capacity from 178 to 366 beds I believe my math says that's a 93% increase Hackensack Meridian Health I mentioned I was on the phone with their senior leadership on Monday and it's hospitals have more than tripled negative pressure beds from 278 to 869 and at Hackensack University Medical Center critical care capacity has gone from 48 toe 191 and other areas of the hospital have been converted to create more than 70 non critical care beds for cove ID patients And we will continue and under this is all under Judy's guidance and leadership to pursue every possible avenue to expand our capacity And again I tip my hat to the extraordinary health care systems in this state and the creativity that they are exhibiting Additionally same church different Pugh are online Portal is now open for people with experience in a variety of technological areas And for those who wish to join our team at this time please head Toe Cove in 19 dot NJ dot gov slash tech cove in 19 done NJ dot gov slash tech So for all of you COBOL programmers in particular now is your chance And we're also cognizant of the many reports of overcrowding on buses and other issues being reported by NJ Transit Riders And we mentioned this the other day A direct link to NJ Transit's feedback form is now available on the cove it 19 dot NJ dot gov page Get there by searching NJ Transit By the way speaking of covert 19 dot NJ dot gov just to give you a couple of data points of how useful this is turning out to be for so many users so far this is as of yesterday over 2.5 1,000,000 session's over 4.5 1,000,000 page views 8.66 million on the business information hub again as of yesterday Users 429,000 sessions 644,000 page views Over a 1,000,000 1/2 live chat conversations Almost 14,000 and finally on the jobs portal users 461,000 sessions for in 599,000 page views A 1,000,002 plus employers who have posted opening 614 jobs that are posted Folks don't forget Cove in 19 dot NJ dot gov 49,000 and 18 jobs posted Right now Switching gears again I want to shout out a couple of our corporate citizens who continue to step up to help out First I want to thank P S C and G who's advised that they'll be making an additional donation of 200,000 gloves for use by our public health and safety responders We remain grateful to them So the Ralph Izzo and team Thank you Second I want to give a shout out to a Wawa They had heard about our need with a heavy heart for refrigerated trucks to help take care take the pressure off our morgues and funeral homes in protecting the bodies of those loved ones we have lost Yesterday Wah Wah sent a 53 foot refrigerated truck to Bergen County which as we know has been so hard hit The fact that we even have to prepare for the unthinkable is one level extraordinary But having a corporate citizen like while are ready to step in to help is invaluable I want to say Judy's gonna hit this in more detail I want to just say that we've said this I think almost every day for the past couple weeks long term care facilities continue to be an area of high focus for us And we didn't just get to this focus on the past couple of weeks Ah I remember coming back from a trip to Germany Israel and going straight off the plane toe wanna q to talk about the tragedy there That was October of 2018 and from that a law that I signed was the outbreak response plan which is the first of its kind in the history of our state Um and Judy will go through the broad elements of a state plan that is meant to take that bless you that outbreak response plan and add a lot more fuel to it There was a directive I know on March 6 that you put forward We continue to focus laser like on this This is a particular area of concern not just in this outbreak but but based on that experience of a year and 1/2 ago are concerned then was pre emptively of any outbreak And our hearts go out to the folks who are losing loved ones everywhere anywhere in the state but particular in long term care facilities I was just on with Bob Russo my dear friend He and Christine and Montclair His mom Florence passed on Monday night I think she was about to celebrate her 101st birthday They're not even sure necessarily was Cove in 19 that ended her life But she was in one of these facilities and our hearts go out to everybody not just the lives lost But the folks who are are tryingto uh love ones and family and and and employees by the way in everyone associate id with these facilities before I Hence and again Judy will have more on that not just today but in the coming days before I hand things over to you May I refer to a couple of heroes in our midst If that's okay you all have been great sending as your stories and the stories of your communities by using the hashtag and J thanks you And we ask you to keep doing that The spirit of community is what's gonna get us through this first Take a look at this picture on the right That's Zan Yah Lin read She is an icy you nurse working the covert floor at ST Peter's Hospital in New Brunswick On the left is one of the respiratory therapists she's working alongside Who up also happens to be her father Valentine Red So to the red family thank you for sharing Valentine and Daniel in with us We cannot be prouder and we hope they both stay safe as they do their work to keep their patients safe I know that they're friends of our colleague Lauren Lakhan so God bless you Reds Next I want to give a big shout out to Raritan Valley Community College The college is advanced manufacturing an engineering programs along with the arts and Design Department in Somerset County Vocational and technical high school have turned to producing three D printed face shields that air heading to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick and Somerset So so to advanced manufacturing program coordinator Conrad Murray curious and everyone involved Thank you for the bottom of our hearts And finally they shot out to the members of the disabled American Veterans Chapter number two in Clifton Look at that group God bless him The veterans there pull their donations and were able to provide gas gift cards to 100 emergency room health care workers at ST Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson in ST Mary's General Hospital in Passaic So to Commander Malvin Free Aas and his team thank you for your service on our nation's front lines in times of war And thank you for stepping up to help the healthcare responders in this war again Folks please continue to share your stories at that hashtag hashtag NJ Thank you so all that said I just want to thank everyone for all you were doing to help us get ahead of this pandemic and to stay ahead It's neither easy nor fun but social distancing is whether we like it or not the key to get us through this again A particular shot up to the members of our Jewish community our brothers and sisters I wish you again a happy Passover a blessed Passover And I ask you not urge you I ask you again that tonight's Seder and any other gatherings must be small with immediate family at most at most in your household on Lee No more than that please It breaks my heart to say this but you cannot gather in any numbers We want to make sure As I said earlier that next Passover everyone in your family and your friends can gather as you did last year and in the years prior and God willing in the years ahead with that please help me welcome the woman who needs no introduction The commissioner of the Department of Health Judy Person Kelly Thank you Governor In good afternoon as the governor said today we toward the second field medical station in Edison Aah These field medical stations will be vital to support our regional hospitals Andi we need them for low acuity medical surgical patients who cannot yet be discharged to home and need Some convalescent thes sites are designated for low intensity medical surgical patients Lower acuity They're expected to have a length of stay UM a cup from a couple of days to up to five days The initial priority will be for non Cove It conditions Ah and then expanded to those uh with Cove in 19 illness A czar resource is permit some examples of individuals that will be in the field hospital or patients that need I V Antibiotics or I V fluids and need to be monitored on an hour by hour basis or patients that have had some operations As you know we've curtailed elective surgeries but there are still patients who on an emergency basis may need operations and are needing operations In in our facilities are hospitals and they still may need some further monitoring Remember they need some symptom control for pain or nausea or vomiting or individuals in need of regular physical exams such as checking for um non healing wounds and some minor treatments Patients who require critical care will remain in the acute care hospitals additional This site will not serve critical patients and also pediatric patients and pregnant patients will not be appropriate for the medical field service in any patient that requires ah higher level of intensive care nursing So as you know this pandemic is unprecedented Thes situations are in in our history Show clearly the vulnerabilities of health care system And I think you would agree with me that the long term care system right now is one of them To address this challenge we're working on a statewide plan to a sit assist nursing homes experiencing large outbreaks and shortages of staff and equipment Let me share with you some of the basics of the plan Um the goal is to develop a statewide response to control the spread of covert 19 in our long term care facilities to prevent the transmission of covert 19 to those residents who have not been exposed to provide a safe and say to provide safe and appropriate care for those that are suffering from Kobe 19 disease and to provide appropriate protective equipment for our staff Ah as you know the activities To date we have reviewed all of their outbreak plans that they were required to put together after the want acute situation Um we've acquired them to assess all employees and vendors coming into the facilities for symptoms Uh we've curtailed visiting We've distributed guidance on pandemic planning and we've advised all facilities of their obligation as you know to report outbreaks Ah so going forward our plan right now is surveying a long term facilities in their ability to cohort patients on a separate wing or separate floor and their ability to place residents in private rooms with private bathrooms were taking an inventory of their P p A which is a continuing issue were surveying their employees capacity In reviewing the facilities staffing plans were identifying employees that are available to work those home on quarantine Those symptomatic and isolated and those that are positive and hospitalized were requiring co hoarding of residents according to the following classifications Asymptomatic notes Poser asymptomatic with exposure at a facility with an outbreak Symptomatic tests negative could have a respiratory illness not cove in 19 symptomatic and test positive and positive transfers in or back from an acute care hospital Determining the ability the facility to cohort employees is also an important aspect of our plan to limit the movement of staff between negative and positive residents and to isolate residents exhibiting signs of respiratory illness We're evaluating the compliance with the guidance for monitoring residents per shift for fever respiratory and other covert 19 symptoms such as Billy's Malays change indentation diarrhea vomiting coughing coughing shortness of breath and fever Facilities that can not conform to the CDC or Department of Health Guidance will be prioritized for transfer of patients based on the prevalence of the disease in the facility the transfer of patients will go to Cove it positive facilities were developing statewide contracts but to the three systems To accept transfer of these patients we will regionalize the transfer of patients and develop an enhanced reimbursement plan with the Department of Human Service is and an existing transport AH plan using existing transport AMS or developing regional contracts if we have to to transport a significant number of individuals we know that any movement of this population will be disruptive Sarah hoping that this planning can be implemented with the least amount of stress is possible for our elderly in these homes Our goal is to keep those who haven't been exposed safe and to ensure that those who are exposed or those who have tested positive get the care they need According to the data reported from our hospitals Right now there are 7026 hospitalizations which include cove in 19 positive patients and persons under investigation 1617 individuals who are in critical care and 1576 of those individuals in critical care are on ventilators That means that 97% of our patients who are in critical care require a ventilator You may recall I've been sharing for weeks that we felt in New Jersey it was going to be a 1 to 1 ratio and as the governor has shared with you repeatedly we need ventilators of the more than 7000 individuals hospitalized However if you look at that full number about 22% are on ventilation Today we're reporting 3088 new cases for a total of 47,437 cases in the state And as the governor shared sadly 275 new deaths 48 of these new deaths were residents of long term care facilities There are now 231 long term care facilities in the state that have reported at least one cove in 19 case These case numbers include reports from 375 nursing facilities and approximately 200 assisted living facilities and other settings Such a CZ residential memory care housing There are now 1504 facilities in our state Three of the deaths uh I'm sorry 1504 fatalities in our state Three of those deaths reported yesterday were removed from our count They were found not to be residents of New Jersey These numbers change occasionally because after further investigation we find out more details The families of all of the individuals as you know repeatedly considerably are in our thoughts and our prayers for all of you One of the best ways we could honor those we have lost is to do our part to slow the spread of Covad 19 by staying home by staying home you can actually save lives According to data from this morning of the seven laboratories sending US covert 19 results 94,525 tests have been performed of which 41,550 or positive with the positivity rate of 44% That means that more than half of the results have been negative But we remind those who test negative and have symptoms that they should continue staying home and be mindful of respiratory etiquette and social distancing As always the Department of Health encourages you to stay in touch with each other Call your neighbors friends and relatives as the government has said the in social solidarity Thank you Judy Top five counties again on total positives have remained the same Bergen Essex Hudson Union in Passaic That hasn't changed in probably 10 days at this point at least Secondly you may have said I apologize of the fatalities any more color in terms of age race gender et cetera Thank you I did not go over that Of the total 1504 Attn This 0.59% or male 41% are female Ah the Angel age range is as follows 1% under 30 years 4% 30 to 49 years of age 17% 50 to 64 years of age 33% 65 to 79 44% over 80 years And we are still um evaluating almost 1000 of the cases of the deaths The racial breakdown is as follows 61% white 22% black or African American 6% Asian and less than 1% is Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander And we're still reviewing ah 112 or 11% of the cases Ah 44% of the cases at this point have documented underlying conditions Ah 2% or 28 of the cases have not documented an underlying condition And ah 814 of the cases are still under investigation Thank you for that Um we discussed this the past couple of days Um I believe just by example this is a front page of The New York Times today as we discussed earlier communities of color appear to be and again we can't draw complete conclusions that with so many cases still under review but New Jersey looks like it is in a similar reality as we had feared that communities of color are sadly more dis disproportionately represented in the fatalities than in the community At large So I think it was yesterday you had a 24 22% African American today by example By the way I'm not exhorting ignoring other communities of color But that would be up against a 14 or 15% I believe percent of the general population Thank you for For all again we have to keep reminding folks again Fatalities are folks who got infected probably 2 to 3 weeks ago Tests that were announcing today could have been 10 to 14 days ago Positivity rate of 44% That's crept up but it's really stayed It's crept up slowly and fair to say over the past couple of weeks again we're testing overwhelmingly not exclusively overwhelmingly symptomatic people Um and so we have to keep reminding folks That's the If we if we had the materials to do universal testing would be all in for that And as you've seen every day when I not so many testing sites are available the number goes up literally every day and God willing it will continue to go up and innovations will come to pass whether it's from Rutgers or Abbott Labs or others And we're bird dogging all of those It's such that will be able eventually to have a much broader regime But given the hand we've been dealt particularly the federal piece of this we have prioritized your moment One symptomatic folks Pat Callahan We're gonna start over here in a second Brendan But Pat Callahan Anything on compliance Peopie equipment manpower other matters Great to have you Thank you Governor Very briefly with regards to compliance Overnight yesterday troopers had to break up a funeral that had 50 40 to 50 attendees at a funeral that was in Millstone Troopers from our Port Nora station responded to a motor vehicle accident on the woman was charged with driving under the influence She was threatening to spread Cove in 19 on them Newark issued 34 executive order violations as well as closed three businesses Pemberton police charged of subject with executive order violation He just refused to disperse and continue to disrupt the community in union A subject in violation of the executive order was not at home and was observed burglarizing multiple vehicles And in Paterson Subject who was in violation of a final restraining order was arrested for that In addition to uh try to avoid arrest by threatening tohave Corona as faras overall operations to the commissioner's point about transportation We're finalising contracts with 50 basic life support Ambulance is as well as 25 advanced life support Ambulance service is in order to facilitate the transportation and transfer of patients on I would just end with I know you referenced Ray Bolger and Jerry Lynch and I know he was obviously famous for the Scarecrow role but I could not think of a more fitting line The last line of that movie means more today than it did back in 1939 and that is that There's no place like home governor Well said Pet Well said um thank you for that uh and again our compliance energy czar enforcement energies And not only do we have to tip our hats to our heroic health care workers but first responders who are going in harm's way and break it up these gatherings and dealing with knuckleheads who were coughing and spitting and threatening that they've got Corona We can't thank them enough We have to make sure we all have them up on a pedestal and remember what they've been doing here right Right with our health care workers And then by the way the circles that go from there the essential retail workers who with one of these executive orders today we're trying to protect even more so NJ Transit longshoremen supply chain warehouse workers the folks who were keeping the show going during all this So Pat Thank you Judy Thank you We're gonna start with the lease By the way I want the record to show that a zai watch occasionally Governor Cuomo he walks out with people screaming questions at him So I want to make sure we get some credit for the patients that we have with all these questions But let's try to keep it south of a three act opera today and uh and keep things moving So at least with that fire away uh what is considered nonessential construction and how many projects will be effective Affected How many patients are at the metal lands pop up hospital and one of my colleagues has written about a nursing home and Elizabeth you probably read about it in The Star Ledger today a nursing home in Elizabeth with multiple Corona virus fatalities and potentially others as well The mayor of Elizabeth is asking for an attorney general investigation into operations of that nursing home Do you have any comment on that I would just say a non essential construct I don't know how many projects were impacted Paramilitary No we don't have a number I don't I don't have a number And the definition is literally I'm not killing you This is Where is it Make sure I've got this This is the police This is the bullet points So I think it probably makes the most sense We will I assume this is public or will be public It will be public later this afternoon Yeah And then maybe if you could allow us to make it public and then follow up with caramel Orman Unquestioned Specific So that would be I mentioned some of the big categories in my remarks but there is You could see many Judy pop up You've got some customers coming in today I believe Is that right Yeah In Secaucus Hope you know we hope around 20 to 25 it may be lower than that of the We have admission criteria Ah that identify the specific types of patients that are appropriate to come in We hope between 20 and 25 just for the record we were the three of us were in Edison today and they said they would be sort of looking in a soft opening as early as Saturday Assume that assumes they get the manpower to actually run it And Atlantic City Pat You had mentioned it a the 14th that they still holding with that or is it slipped A couple That's correct Still a fort on target for the fort Okay so again the 14th his next Tuesday That's the equivalent of what the three of us saw today So not with patients but with construction essentially completed I read the article Alise awful and again I'm looking at the article as opposed to having the the inside ah view that Judy will will share with you It appeared as though there was both cove it and non covet related fatalities Based on the reporting I've not spoken to the mayor and if the Attorney General is involved I'm sure the advice I'm gonna be given his toe not comment on that But obviously it's something that's it's heartbreaking Understates it It's hard crushing to see something like that Uh again long term care facilities known from moment one are going to be for a whole variety of reasons Maura At risk than perhaps even any other category of persons Or at least a CZ much So Judy any comment you want to make on that particular case No You know we were keeping all of the long term care facilities on our radar screen Um we actually have three facilities that have Ah uh a death rate Ah Due to cove it that we think uh deserves more attention And we're giving that attention to them Um and the plan will go into effect as we're speaking So we plan to um way plan to address this as aggressively as we can again Tragic Uh no No other way to put it God rest their souls were gonna go back to Nikita All right so I'm just gonna ask that you cut me off once it started asking too many questions I'll have no problem doing that All right So first off why choose July 7th given that it's just three days after the Fourth of July Why not maybe pick July 14th or some other day like that I didn't want to upset the French Um And then given that pre election days tend to be pretty hectic for election officials do you expect to have to order Can your state election officials to remain open on July 3rd Ah and will you require that counties that have weekend in person pre election voting be ordered to remain open on the Fourth of July Further dont spade issues with polling locations or poll workers for the July election And have you discussed the effects of the order with the judiciary given that it gives them a month fewer or a month less to make certain determinations related to the general election And finally ah have you considered giving in any state funding to enhanced county level uh vote by mail efforts Um let me just quickly go through the runway from July 7 to the Democratic Convention which was always going to be the first of the two And by the way again remember this is a nonpartisan decision here We we we posted and consulted with folks on both sides of the aisle um is aboutthe same runway as June 2nd had been to the what had been the July 13th convention Ah and keeping something that resembled that runway in terms of the amount of days was important No real insight I'm not trying to dodge it We just don't have any insight on your questions In July 3rd 4th polling locations workers You probably heard me saying my remarks We don't want to be in a Wisconsin situation yesterday where you've got people at the height of Ah God Please God we're not in this in July 7th but we have to reserve the right This the decision on workers locations vote by mail or not is happily not a decision we need to make now We bought ourselves a significant number of weeks here and so that is to be determined all the above I don't know what the question is Do we consult the judiciary I said we did caramel but not that I'm aware of Not that I'm aware of Okay Paramount correct me as usual and again on vote vote by mail note No no monies that I'm aware of um fromthe state which by the way Where is scarce is they've ever been right now nothing that we've designated two counties But we haven't also made a decision about the breadth of by mail in this particular primary Thank you Real quick Uh all of'em still on the table one more time Is all of'em still on the table for still on the table Yes but but no decisions And the good news is we don't have to make a decision on that for a number of weeks My hope by the way let there be no doubt My hope is that we are through this horror crisis that we've begun to get back on our feet And we can with simple with directions from the woman of my right have social distancing guidelines that could work with polling stations That would be a hoper really hoped for result here and so Well we're gonna play that as long as we can Thank you That governor So we've been hearing about nurses and uh other medical professionals who've been disciplined and some even fired for bringing their own protective equipment and sharing it with co workers Curious What do you say to hospitals that are doing this in this critical time Will you get involved And also is there any indication Maybe Commissioner is there any indication that the hospital admissions are leveling off Um with maybe fewer Ah divert Status is on a given night Um real quick Governor I'm curious how you square telling everybody that it's not safe to go to the polls that first week of June but we're still contemplating whether or not schools will be in session then or even the rest of the year I mean just curious where we stand on that and just lastly curious Governor what do you think about cities like new work and Trenton exceeding your executive order first Things like curfews in order to ah stem violence there Yeah I'm gonna leave Uh certainly Hospital admits and divert into a large extent Nurses to Judy I don't know I I read of the situation Was that sure Regional To the best of my knowledge Uh uh It was actually made that I may have the hospital wrong so don't quote me but I read of the someone being disciplined I think losing their job on some basis I don't have any insight into the particular situation Um so I have to put that aside Uh although we're you know we stand on behind on the side of working families always in this state Let there be no doubt about it But again without any insights there it can't comment on the specifics But boy I'll tell you something Um I assume somebody has to be doing something really bad if your health care worker right now to be cut from the team because we are literally diving on every loose ball we confined So I'll leave it to greater minds And again that's not any comment about the specifics Yeah there's nothing Is the primary we had We had to make a decision on that mat on I was asked about schools Senate president I had a conversation about this yesterday afternoon or last night Um the schools the good news is we just don't have to make that decision yet We promise would give guidance by April 17 which is a week from this Friday and we will do that Um but we had to make a decision A zit relates to the primary And it Listen I said this in my remarks There's one set of executive orders that that hold that matter that over arch all others and they're ours We have to have one state I can't say enough good things And I'm not as familiar with Trenton although I'm a big fan of the mayor's But I have said a lot about the leadership that Mayor Baraka And by the way Director Ambrose and their colleagues have shown Ah in compliance and enforcement I think is it turns out most of these air recommendations a supposed toe hardened fast executive orders So there's no question the which executive order has premise Premise E Um and that will stay that way So nothing No No more details on that Judy on either nurses um and or hospital admissions or divert or any other topic would like to address I've talked about Divert first you know hospitals Goto go on divert for a number of reasons Um they're critical care beds They're all filled They can't take any more critical care patients Or maybe there'ii room got slammed and they just couldn't appropriately take care of any more patients They go on the run with a burger Sometimes they're total hospital senses requires them to go on divert What we're finding now is putting all that aside They're going on divert primarily because of workforce issues staffing issues And we really do need Thio Look at the 15,000 volunteers and we're sorting through that getting licenses in line And we need them not only to staff the field hospitals but to help our hospital's particular in the particularly in the north Right now um on the nurses Ah I have regular um uh telephone conferences with the CEOs and the last one I had I said to them very clearly I've sat where they sit I've done what they dio I've been through HIV AIDS I've been to Ebola I've been to H one n one I have never seen a situation that we're in right now so I have a lot of empathy for them Trying to bring control into what right now seems like a chaotic situation Will we make good decisions during this time You betcha In the majority I think will be good Will we make some difficulty and maybe some not so good ones That will happen as well And perhaps that's what we're seeing and that's what gets reported as Faras The nurses are concerned Um when I was a nurse sometimes I was the loudest voice criticizing or complaining as well when I didn't think we had enough staff for things were not going right So again I have a lot of empathy for both sides of the equation and I just think we'll just have to stick together and we'll get through it Judy by the way is not only the first nurse has ever been the commission the Department of Health you are yet again the first person who is a former nurse once a nurse always a nurse and has been a CEO of a hospital That's that's never happened before So neither the 1st 1 has never had before And the combination is gives gives the commission or an extraordinary perspective that is shared by very few of your peers Certainly in the history of our state No one has said that in the country today so thank you Anyone You guys have Any You're just camera cameras There was a woman here who left I don't know if it was something Sir You got something Okay we'll go to the back here Uh part of the list of questions Governor Ah what are the plans for turning East Orange Generals East Pavilion into a covert only hospital What kind of covert patients will they take in and where will they be coming from And can you provide us with any information on the timeline of this plan Did all nursing homes in New Jersey comply with the Monday deadline to communicate their covert positive and presumptive positive cases And have they released the names of those that haven't Um we're a tourist state The shore is probably going to be impacted pretty severely by cove it Could you speak to that please Um Jersey City is offering a voluntary separation package for eligible employees to avert lawyer ofs Could the governor please comment on these buyouts and whether he expects us to continue throughout the states municipalities you mentioned earlier in your remarks that this disease is impacting people of color due to no access to healthcare job insecurity and underlying medical issues Is this something the state is examining Demographically And if so what are you finding One more please I got one more Ah specifically for you Health Commissioner Um while we're getting more ventilators in the state we're seeing reports that hospitals are facing a shortage of medications needed to keep patients on ventilators and treat their symptoms What is the state doing to address this concern Thank you Thank you Judy I'll jump in on a few of these then we correct me and bat cleanup Listen we take the tourism piece of this very seriously so I'll be the happiest guy in the state maybe in the country if the shore is able to be on its feet by the time the summer session comes around But again repeat right now please stay in your primary residence The shore does not have the infrastructure particularly health infrastructure to be able to withstand the sort of challenges we have right now and certainly in the off season But please God were able to get back on our feet in a responsible way in the summer But again the order of events here is break the back of the virus and then responsibly reopened Not just for the shore but the economy More generally we can't get that order wrong We do We do the second step too soon It's pouring gasoline on the fire I've got no insight into Jersey City's voluntary separations other than I saw the article We need all hands on deck I'll say on behalf of the state at least as far as I could see forward um communities of color We take that very seriously This is what we had anticipated Maybe the case And I think I've said this in this room in peace time In normal times you've got certain communities that are invariably left behind um and invariably their communities of color So that that matters a lot to us is the most diverse state in America in particular On again with The early data has been specific as it relates to the disproportionate representation of the African American community in fatalities relative to its representation in this state But as we know it's a broader When you talk about diversity and communities of color it's a broad rich tapestry not only the African American community but beyond Um I would just say this is I handed to Judy the list of areas where we're not where we need to be but we got a plan And pat you should chime in here Hospital beds personal protective equipment ventilators the medicines that you take when you're on a ventilator Uh health care workers uh we are running as fast as we can to get out ahead of those curves as best we can But with that Judy anything on East orange nursing homes and or the medicines that may be in strong demand you're on East Orange We finalized our contractual relationship with East Orange to take over the heretofore called Kessler Building And the Army Corps will be going in and bringing that up I think within the next week week and 1/2 That will be for um let me start by telling you that we've identified six tiers of patients and we have identified the most appropriate setting for those 60 years So it starts with intensive care Step down and they will go to stay with our community and university acute care hospitals Then we have medical surgical high acuity They will be appropriate for a hospital like East orange and to be followed by by a hospital that we will bring up in Woodberry And then we have the medical surgical low acuity which is appropriate for the field hospital the convalescent care medical shelter Individuals will be at hotels and then the next year is lowest in lowest acuity needing some vigilance But not much perhaps cannot go home until a quarantine period is over and they may find themselves in dormitories of which will have them throughout the state So East Orange will be considered a medical surgical high acuity cove it and non Cove it um But the way the statistics are going I think we will find that the majority of our patients in our hospitals will either be persons under investigation or covert 19 patients So we just have to make accommodations for both and all Hospital Oh the hot That's interesting We have a list from our from all of most of our hospitals of the medications that are in in demand in short supply And there's actually a task force that's being headed up by the governor's office to work with pharmaceuticals and sourcing of those medications And I just heard recently that they had some uh some support and in propofol which is a which is a big one as you can imagine Thank you Thank you very quick please The nursing homes in New Jersey They're compliance Sorry I forgot you there We have found that with the phone calls that we've made this week that the majority of the nursing homes are now compliant with advising residents and uh employees and uh uh the loved ones of residents of their status They are also compliant with reporting the last wave of reporting which I went through which includes their ability to cohort their physical plant capabilities They're a status of all their employees were expecting that today So I don't have a report on that last wave but the prior wave of surveys have been completed Apologies We forgot that one Sorry about that Dave Europe Thank you Brendan's coming in here on a Q Come on Thank you Governor For were acknowledging my love of the Wizard of Oz I appreciate that It's my honor given your lineage I knew you would thank you You would be in that a couple of questions for you governor And then one for the health team And then Mahan asked me to ask a question as well for somebody from politico um first question for you Governor Um in the executive order today um requiring supermarkets tohave um everybody wearing masking Um what happens if somebody doesn't wear a mask Um uh my good friend was in the supermarket yesterday Most people we're not wearing masks Um will they be kicked out of the supermarket Will they face another punishment Will they be added to the jackass knucklehead list Um you know will there be a criminal charge What's gonna happen And are you giving direction to the supermarkets Second question for you sir You announced yesterday the closure of the state and county parks You're probably aware there's now a petition that has started to asking you to reverse the order in some situations particularly in parts of the state where it's very low population Sussex Warren Um you did not order the closure of municipal parks And so then some have been wondering Is there a checks and balance system in terms of your issuing executive orders And are is there any way to police that or do you feel you know could you just explain your rationale behind that for the health team in particular Dr Tan Um we had mentioned earlier to you that the 10 year average for flu deaths and pneumonia deaths in New Jersey is 1285 Um we passed that today significantly Weren't I Want to 1504 Could you and perhaps the health Commissioner talk about the marker and compare Coben 19 with the flu in terms of its impact and deadliness and seriousness in the state Um Dr Ken do you mind if I go first and then we'll have you come in I was gonna call on you and ask your questions I felt badly we hadn't gotten you pulled in yet So glad Dave did that for us I've got the question that Mahan asked me to ask us from Politico The phase two stimulus package included money to help states update their infrastructure for processing unemployment claims Has New Jersey received any of this money And if so what has it been used for Does jurors more money from the federal government to help this process And if so why Okay um I'll give you my answer in a face covering So these air not masks per se This is face coverings Paramedic correct Um I hope people get asked to leave now Last parable What's the actual legal remedy So if someone refuses to wear a mask when entering a supermarket for medical or other reasons the supermarket is to allow them access to the store But they can limit their time or their proximity to other customers toe to keep everyone safe I think that's benevolent I'd prefer to even be tougher than that But state and county parks I am aware I've heard from a couple of legislators By the way I have to say they were with great respect and I think they knew that this is not a step that we enjoyed taking And I never say never But um we have to tighten up the ship up and I feel badly saying that So I don't envision going back on that in the in the near term until we're through this Um we have left Paramount Tell me from you I'm wrong about this We've left the decision of municipal parks up to municipalities That's practice right And so um what we have said however is we don't want your in town eh Your parks are closed I'm in town be You all come over to my parks to hang out Uh is that something we may reconsider Perhaps But the the overwhelming square footage square miles are in the county and state systems and that's where we saw issues Um face to stimulus I'm not sure if it has any money Got into anybody from the cares act yet for anything I don't think I know We haven't gotten it I I believe unemployed folks have not gotten it I don't think small business administration monies have gotten to folks yet so I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth But I don't think anything is out there yet on the street And we would welcome the money that would help us bolster our unemployment system infrastructure Rob Angela was here the other day and you know we'll get an overwhelming demand We've got legacy systems Um we could use all the help we can get But to the best of my knowledge we've got nothing and will welcome any monies we can get from the federal government out of that or future bills to come Please Real quick on your answer D A and the supermarket answer You know they're gonna be asked to limit their time in the store So in other words there's been no specific directive guidance to the markets on how to handle this Because if if you just put that out in the air well you know they should limit their time That what that means Nothing Well there is guidance And I think one of these we could do is get you the uh I showed at least the bullet points for the non essential construction The same I'll show you now the bullet points for the retail and ah warehouse uh is retail warehouse Um and it goes on So was may I come back to you my woman on the side of um frankly you don't come in That's a personal view I'll I'm sure the council will pull me back to perhaps a slightly more reasonable place But my view is world war right now And you do things that are not popular Not essential construction I can't down many um incoming I've gotten from friends State County parks I'm sure from the supermarket or other retail interests Um and for the most part folks are cooperating to say overwhelmingly folks get it even if they're taking personal pain And I want to make sure I say that But these are unusual times Doctor 10 compared this to the flu and how we see this generally and going forward right You know first of all we have to underscore that um all these deaths whether it's ah related to flu or rather related to Cove in 19 they're all tragic And you know it's it's difficult to make comparisons per se influenza You know we know a lot of those deaths and illnesses This is a vaccine preventable disease Um you know I think you know what the deaths underscore right now And what we understand about co vid 19 related deaths is that you know we have been seeing again we've been repeating this time and again that they predominantly are occurring among individuals with underlying illnesses with older individuals and that you know while we don't have a vaccine we still have to really remember the seriousness of of the potential for hospitalizations deaths with cove in That's why we have to continue to take these measures used the vaccine that we sort of have which is the social distancing which is the the different measures that we have already in place for community mitigation It's early to tell right now you know I wish that I had a better answer Thio better characterize this But as we learned every single day as we gather more information day to day and as we get the national picture together will be able to provide even better information about death Moving forward Thanks Dr Tent Just want to come back to supermarkets Bless you Were gonna go to John to close out This is a summary and fairness A parabellum I said the summary is doesn't do justice to the actual underlying um order itself Require workers and customers to wear cloth face coverings in accordance with CDC recommendations while on the premises and require workers to wear gloves When in contact with customers or goods businesses must provide at their expense such face coverings and gloves for their employees Business policies should outline how to handle customers who need access to service is but refused to wear a mask Individuals who are not medically able to wear a mask or who are under two years of AIDS should not be required to wear a protect protective covering Uh so I would just say I think a little bit of a very on parables Good answer is uh howto handle customers who need access but refused to wear for whatever reason But there is a need for some reason Is that a fair assessment of it Yeah that's correct There's just ah need also to ensure that customers who might not be able to wear a mask for medical reasons can have access to essential goods But again if it's not medical if you're not a kid under two years old my personal guidance is you gotta go out and find something to put on your face before you come in John uh on a couple of follows on the primary delay have you had discussions with legislative leaders about it Does it need any legislative action particularly vote by mail So we just on that one way had uh we made sure either my I I personally are members of our team had interactions with leadership on both sides Elected officials not everybody but certainly are senators and members of Congress on both sides I did some of those myself into the best of my knowledge Has no legislative action required Have you talked to them about the this week Have you talked about the possibility of delaying the May 1st property tax payments Have not Okay When you give us numbers on long term care facilities does that include veterans homes run by the state And if not can we get details on the number of cases in the number of fatalities we've been reaching out on One of them were told there about 20 fatalities But where we can't get clear details on that because we're told that state run it's not a local issue UH no New Jersey Transit A lot of riders and workers are complaining about again the closeness And But they're also saying there's a lot of homeless people who are now using the stops and the shelters and the buses and trains as shelters for themselves And that's saying that putting people at risk workers and people that need to take the bus to work And he talked about using potential hub hotels or any other expanding shelters for homeless to aid that a couple of things I'll jump I think I've already answered There was nothing on property taxes to report no legislation required I mentioned earlier This is not related to homeless folks So please I don't wanna get those complaints that zoom into that separately But if you're on a bus in its regular ridership and you're too close for comfort or train we want you to go on that page I mentioned earlier And make sure we know about it particularly if there is a consistency in a particular route Um and as it relates to homeless and those Carol Johnson was here a week or two ago and talked about some of the programs we've got in place This is I've said this now a number of times that it's just worth repeating And it's true The folks who are normally normally left behind in society are being further left behind Um I can't say that I know of any specific conversations about hotels or dorms toward our homeless community Maybe you all have Have we met Judy Oh crap My record here But I would I would be a big supporter of that assuming we could feasibly do that And Judy Could you add anything on that As well as veterans homes fatalities or illnesses Yeah First on the veterans homes fatalities I don't have that I was just looking I don't have that documentation Um but I will get it for you for sure On the homeless Um we work in collaboration with the Department of Human Service Is um I think I said a couple weeks ago with a great collaboration with Commissioner Johnson and Deputy Commissioner Sarah Edelma