NEW JERSEY – Gov. Phil Murphy said during a live press conference on Wednesday that he's ordering many day care centers to shut amid the coronavirus outbreak, leaving open only those that can care for essential workers (you can watch it live here, below).

Murphy also announced on Wednesday that the state has 736 more positive tests and 18 more deaths, raising the case total to 4,402 and the death toll to 62. The daily case total was smaller for the second consecutive day.

But the death toll "does not get any easier to report," Murphy said, adding that, contrary to what some television pundits have said, New Jersey will "fight to save every single life. There is no cost that is too high to save every precious life."

2020欧洲杯赛事Murphy said he's directing all child care centers across the state that wish to continue operating to certify by this Friday that they will solely serve the children of essential workers.

Those who do not certify that they can exclusively care for these children must close by Wednesday, April 1, Murphy said.

2020欧洲杯赛事Those that remain open must abide by new health and safety guidelines, which have not been issued yet, he said.

Local emergency managers will identify schools – up to grade eight – if there are any gaps in coverage for children of essential workers, he said.

During the press conference, Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli also identified the fatalities:

  • 4 individuals in Ocean County
  • 3 individuals in Essex County
  • 2 individuals in Monmouth County
  • 1 individual in Bergen County
  • 1 individual in Burlington County
  • 1 individual in Cumberland County
  • 1 individual in Hudson County
  • 1 individual in Middlesex County
  • 1 individual in Morris County
  • 1 individual in Passaic County
  • 1 individual in Somerset County
  • 1 individual in Union County

Of those who died, 11 were men and 7 were women, all ranging in ages from 52 to 93. Fifty percent had underlying and five were in long-term care facilities, Persichilli said.

Here is the county-by-county breakdown of new cases:

  • Atlantic 3
  • Bergen 89
  • Burlington 6
  • Camden 9
  • Cape May 1
  • Cumberland 1
  • Essex 38
  • Gloucester 4
  • Hudson 21
  • Mercer 22
  • Middlesex 38
  • Monmouth 26
  • Morris 17
  • Ocean 33
  • Passaic 34
  • Somerset 7
  • Sussex 5
  • Union 20
  • Warren 3

On Tuesday night, Murphy also announced that he's allowing five more types of businesses in New Jersey to operate during the coronavirus outbreak. Read more: Gov. Murphy: More NJ Business Can Now Open In Coronavirus Crisis

The update comes as the number of cases continues to rise in New Jersey, with 44 deaths. The case total is the second-highest in the country. Read more: NJ Coronavirus Updates: Here's What You Need To Know

Watch Murphy live here:


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Here's what else you should know:

How It Spreads

The virus that causes COVID-19 is . Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.

2020欧洲杯赛事While the best way to prevent illness is to avoid virus exposure, the always recommends taking preventive actions to contain the spread of viruses. This includes:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

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