tv New Jersey Gov. Murphy Holds Coronavirus Briefing CSPAN May 9, 2020 12:27am-1:28am EDT
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>> good afternoon, everyone. sorry to be a couple behind. we'll get right at it. i'm joined to my right by the woman who needs no introduction the commissioner of the department of health, judy persaceli, to her right another person who needs very little introduction, the state's epidemiologist dr. christina tan. thank you both for being here. the guy to my left who does not need an introduction the superintendent of the state police colonel pat callahan. director of the office of homeland security and preparedness, jared maples is with us. thank you. before we get to the numbers, i have a couple of announcements to lead with. and both relate directly to the
road back plan that we announced last week which will guide spour restart and recovery. first, today, i am signing an executive order to create the governor's restart and recovery advisory council. this council will bring together leaders from various industry, community, and faith-based groups and institutions across our state. quite literally hundreds of people to work in conjunction with the group that we announced last week, the restart and recovery commission. if you think of the restart and recovery commission as sort of the strategy, then the advisory council will be the actual tactics and i suspect there will be a spillage both ways. i wouldn't be surprised to have tactics discussed by the commission and i know that the council will also address strategy from time to time. this is where the various
voices of those on the ground in our small businesses, in our communities of faith, in our educational communities, among many others, will come together to advise us on the issues from the very specific and local levels. on the ground a boots and real-world approach to how we move forward. diverse,cil is as smart and hard-working as new jersey economy was before the pandemic. which is why they can help us get on and stay on our road back. they willthing we do, be guided by our northstar -- to build an economy for the middle an from the bottom up and economy that makes new jersey stronger and fairer. the advisory council a break into nine committees which will "show meetings next week. the nine committees are facilities and construction,
government, health care, main street, manufacturing and supply chain, professional services, social services and faith, tourism and entertainment, and transportation and infrastructure. we understand we need a small -- smart and granular approach to recovery. reopening restaurants and boardwalks and shops down on the from, forar different example restarting retail downtown moorestown or collingswood or anywhere else. moreover, the advisory council will not only help us gather the local intelligence we need to get our economy running again, but its members will help us create the framework for coping with our new long-term economic realities. i have asked secretary of , the new jersey economic development authority ceo tim sullivan.
and josé lozano to serve as the chairs of this advisory council. i thank them, as well as all of those who have raise their hands to be part of this effort. in advance, for all the work they will be doing in the coming weeks and months to ensure a strong and equitable recovery. second, i am pleased to announce that the community testing sites at bergen community college and pnc bank arts center which we established in partnership with fema and the u.s. department of health and human services will provide test to certain asymptomatic new jersey residents. ask asymptomatic individuals to contact a health care provider to make sure that they agree that you should be going and getting a test. and that is to keep the numbers down. that is critical so that testing
is available for our front-line workers, and probable populations in addition to the symptom many persons who have been tested from day one there. to that effect, where resources are strange, testing for the asymptomatic will be prioritized for asymptomatic health care workers and first responders. personnel. in congregate living settings and new jersey residents who have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for covid-19. heard us access as you say, i can say on countless occasions, to testing is one of our key principles for getting new jersey firmly on the road back to restart and recovery. by building out our testing capacity, we can instill confidence among our residents we are in front of the response and winning the fight against covid-19. this expansion is a step forward to our testing program.
as i've noted over the past we will have much more on this topic as well as the contact tracing infrastructure early next week. i hope very early next week. in the meantime, i wish to remind everyone that there are across our sites state. a complete list of those open to the public can be found on our inspiration how i covid-19.n j.gov/testing, and your primary care can direct you to many privately operated sites as well. let's turn our attention to the overnight numbers. yesterday, we received an positives test result for current statewide total of 135,454. as this chart see says it well to see the daily counts of new cases leveling. and the rate of positivity among those tested continues to
decrease as well. you can see it there. that is an average statewide of 28%. that is the spot rate for specimens. collected on may 4. and you have got it. and judy has got this more importantly at a more granular regional level. not just north, central and south. when you are going to you remarks, you may want to give more color on that. ,hat is going as you can see folks, and absolutely the right direction. so this, again, shows the positivity. this.mise to show you the positivity right when we show you the daily rate or the spot testing rate we have been reminding you for now a number of weeks that the number that we have been historically referring to is accumulative number. that includes every test from day one. as you can see, this is decreasing significantly over the past weeks. and is currently at 28%.
the map we will turn to that we have regulator into continues to show slowing rates of spread across the state. and that is a very positive sign. to bed that entire map that very light color and we will reboot it try to achieve a lighter color. in our hospitals, the number of patients currently being treated for covid-19 continues to fall steadily, as you can see. 1000 fromdecrease of last friday. as we see the number of hospitalizations across our health care systems regionally continues to also trends down, including in the south. our field medical stations reported 33 patients last night. in staying on the topic of our field -- field medical wetements -- stations, today announce that the station at the
meadowlands will stand down over the weekend with its operations transferring to the east orange general hospital site which completed construction. in the three of us toward it a few weeks ago. since it is opening this the caucus site has admitted 268 patients and 251 have been discharged. supplies at the secaucus field medical station will be placed in storage by the office of emergency management for rapid deployment elsewhere as needed. again, we have talked to you about resiliency. this is ant -- example of keeping supplies in reserve for where we need them. wes is in no way a sign that can or will relax our vigilance. it is a sign that the work that we have all been doing each and every one of us so far to slow the spread of covid-19 and to reduce the number of patients in our hospitals is working. and that has put us in this position. so keep up the great work.
our long-term care facilities, as you can see, the numbers of positive cases continues to rise as well as sadly the deaths connected to these facilities continues to grow. however, as you heard from us over the past, frankly in one respect over two months but over the past week, we are confident the efforts we are taking will save lives. the number of patients reported in either critical or intensive care continues to decrease as well. 39.currently stands at 1,4 ventilator use stands at 1089. this number continues to decline. new covid-194 hospitalizations yesterday. 4 liveere were also 46 patients discharged yesterday. as we look across the state, do you have this by region or not?
we have seen north, central and south in terms of hospitalizations and discharges. this, remindsay everybody, judy i know you wouldn't want me to remind everyone, we have made an enormous amount of progress but you and have -- when you have 334 people going into hospital for covid-19, it is as good an example of any that we are not out of the woods yet. that chart that we had it but it is ok. wet important point is that are making huge progress but we are not at the end zone yet. there you can see the breakdown we started to show you yesterday. and youitalizations discharges. that will give you some color behind the 334 going in and the 464 leaving. day, judy asery well, the data from our hospitals continues to move in
the right direction, which is down. but we also cannot overstate enough that even while we are pleased with this progress, our hospital systems are dealing with far more patience than they would otherwise in any other year. and the stress on our health care system will certainly -- while lessening is still there. only we have the power to push these numbers down further. we have done an extraordinary job to date to we need to keep working with those two things in mind -- public health creates economic health. and the data determines dates. remember the use. as you put on your face covering to enter the supermarket or when you keep the social distance from others when you're out for a walk in your neighborhood, these practices are working. and you have done an extraordinary job folks. public health creates economic health. and the data determines dates. with that, with great sadness, 2e are reporting another 16
more precious brothers and sisters who have passed from covid-19 complications and our statewide total is now 8,952. by the way, if there any revisions to that number, judy and christina, i suspect we will be in agreement. that number only goes up and not down as we parsed through the enormity of this crisis. even with the positive news from our hospitals, there are still who are and communities coping with the absolute worst news. let's remember several of those who have passed. first up, let's get george martin. from hamilton. in mercer county. handsome guy. george graduated from hamilton high school west as a member of the class of 1949.
he served in the u.s. air force during the korean conflict and later in the new jersey era national guard. porcelainat the globe company before establishing and being president of joseph steiner and company, a post he held until his retirement in 1995. george was a fixture at hamilton. among as you all know is our largest communities in the entire state. he served on numerous boards and committees and was a past treasurer of the hamilton township lions club. and a longtime member of the hamilton township rotary and a member of the american legion post number 31 of hamilton township. george was also a member of the masonic fraternity and gothic andernal large number 270 grand marshal of the grand lodge of new jersey from 1983 to 1984. tote grandmaster from 1992
1993. and served on the board of their charity foundation from 1984 to 1984, its president in 1986. only four weeks before george passed he lost his wife of 67 years. there she is, joyce, stew alzheimer's disease. bless them both. he leaves his sister-in-law ood along with his nephew scott with him i had the honor of speaking yesterday and keith turner and their families. .eorge, a life well lived thank you for your service to our nation and we will keep you and joyce in our prayers. this is shauna denise stokes from east orange, new jersey. she was a longtime employee of nj transit as a bus operator in depot master. nda but she i met sho
was also -- an ordained minister in newark over the leadership of my dear friend reverend brian ali. she faithfully served as a minister, praise team member preacher and minutes -- missionary. inore joining the team transit, she was a licensed beautician and also world traveler who love fashion. as if i had to say that and lived off her face. 's words "sheali gave unselfishly to others and lived her life to the fullest." she leaves behind her husband of 35 years, rg, who i had the honor of meeting way back when at new psalmist. and i had the honor of speaking with him yesterday and reminiscing. she was a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, son -- cousin, coworker, and friend. may god bless her and everyone
she touched. anally today, let's remember of 92.we lost the age born and raised in cuba, she and her husband and four children came to united states in gov. murphy: soon after arriving in miami, the asbury park presbyterian church sponsored the relocation from miami to new jersey on the first freedom flight to the state. in cuba was a ,she teacher for 18 years and she continued in education as a teacher's aide at asbury park's bond street school until she retired. she is now reunited with her husband are real, and their son real junior, among other beloved
-- familyeps behind she leaves behind, her daughter, with whom i had the great honor shepeaking yesterday, and also leaves nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. we send them our deepest condolences and we thank her for her years helping asbury park students and for an extra in her life. god bless you, mama. these are the lives that covid-19 has taken from us, just a few. i wish we could speak about every single one. they were the faces we would see every day. they must remain in our thoughts. we cannot think of that toll of covid-19 only in economic or mathematical terms but also in its most basic human terms. we have now lost nearly 9,000 of our fellow residents.
ii, we lostrld war 12,600. we know we will lose many more but how many and whether we mark another solemn milestone we do not wish to pass is again overwhelmingly up to us. please, please, please, keep practicing your social distancing and wearing a face covering when you're out in public. there is no cure for covid-19. there is no proven therapeutic. we only know there is no vaccine. we have social distancing, face covering, washing hands with soap and water, the basic stuff. social distancing or social solidarity as we have called it here before, is all we have to save lives. we are saving them. but we need folks to save more. for i wrap up, i would like to acknowledge some of the new jerseyans who are helping us through this crisis one small act of kindness at a time.
these stories speak to our jersey spirit and our jersey values. you all have been terrific in sharing the stories with us. i ask you to keep doing so, but using #and a thanks you on social media. #njthanks you on social media. we are all in after all. let's meet joe midok of westfield. about a year ago decelerate the fourth of july, joe painted a wooden shipping pallet that he had, to represent our flag. his covid-19 raced across our state. joe thought we could use more american spirit and began designing and painting more patriotically themed pallets. he put each up for sale for $50 with the proceeds going to businesses in downtown westfield with his wife audrey who's with him there and their
children helping. joe has now raised more than kevin thousand dollars and more orders are coming in. family,u, joe, and your new jersey thanks you for supporting westfield's business community and reminding us while we are proud to be americans. tanisha brunson malone, a forensic technician at hackensack university medical center and that means tanisha performs the autopsies and oversees pickups by funeral homes of the patients who have passed and she oversees the refrigerated trucks that comprise the hospital's temporary morgue. what a solemn set of duties. what makes tanisha even more special is the daily routine she has adopted during this emergency. every day she makes a
stop at a nearby flower shop to purchase yellow flowers just as you see in that picture. she hopes for daffodils, but carnations will do. when she enters her work she , places a solitary flower with each new person who had passed from covid-19 the day before. it is a quiet but powerful gesture. it ensures the dignity of those who have passed, a reminder that someone will be there to remember them, even when their families could not be there to sag by. so to you tanisha thank you for reminding us all of our common humanity for ensuring that those we lost are not forgotten. god bless you. finally, i want to know that today is the 75th anniversary of ve day, the day that world war two came to an end in the
european theater, having defeated adolf hitler and his fascist ideology. as we fight this war think back to that greatest generation which fought in that war and all of its theaters and literally saved the world. in their honor, i have signed an executive order for our flag tremaine at half-staff today, for them. but even while ve day kicked off many celebrations, in its wake, some of the greatest horror as the world has ever known were exposed. the depth and breath of the holocaust and that a property of fascism. the world vowed, never again. unfortunately, today, those words sometimes appear to be -someg, especially now misguided people, even in our own state, are taking to calling the necessary efforts we have undertaken to save lives and stop the spread of covid-19 as fascism.
across the nation, we have seen other freely elected leaders of both parties, by the way, demeaned and depicted as hitler himself. not only is this entirely an entirely disgusting false equivalence, it is ignorant and it is repugnant. it is ignorant of history and the horrific toll of fascism that is counted s who weres of million killed by its megalomaniacal leaders led by hitler but not only hitler. 20 million soldiers, 6 million jews and millions of
others in death camps and untold millions of civilians. words matter and when the word fascism or words like it is raised and nazi slogans are used by people who claim to be patriotic americans to protest against freely elected leaders whether here or elsewhere across the nation it should give us pause it is our solemn duty to uphold the legacy as new jerseyans and as americans of that generation which fought valiantly to preserve. the freedoms of hundreds of millions to live up to the rights of people today to protest are sacrosanct. that is not in doubt. so should i history. social decency, as our greatest generation slips from us as survivors of the holocaust slipped from us. whether from age or as we have seen tragically from covid-19, you cannot let the lessons they taught slip away. please help me welcome a woman he needs no introduction, the commissioner of the department of public health, judy person
kelly. good afternoon. everyday we highlight the health impact of covid-19 to our state and the economic realities many of our residents are facing. as you know, they have been devastating. the department of health along with the department of human services are working to ensure food assistant support for low-income communities is still accessible through this epidemics i want to remind you, the department of women and infants and children that serves pregnant and postpartum breast-feeding women as well as infants and children under the age of five is still available to our residents. new protest men scan a for wic services remotely by visiting the wic new jersey government portal. there is no need to be physically president -- present at a wic agency.
current participants can continue to receive their benefits by having three months worth of checks mailed to their homes . participants who are quarantined and unable to leave their homes to purchase foods can designate an emergency proxy who can cash their checks at a store on their behalf. we've expanded food choices giving participants more flexibility in the brand and size of foods that they can buy at the store. the department is working closely with their infant formula contractor to ensure formula supplies are fully stocked at stores we are also working closely with their authorized stores to ensure that limits placed on certain food items to customers are not placed on wic
recipients. and we are preparing for the farmers market programs with modifications including the mailing of checks to participants conducting remote certifications and training new farmers remotely the department of human services their program and j snap provides money directly to individuals and families who need help affording groceries. their agency has made some important changes to nj snap to better serve residents during this covid-19 public health emergency. notably, human services has 106 million an extra in additional benefits to snap recipients, since the start of the emergency. human services is ensuring everyone his benefits were up ,or renewal in march and april and are due in may or june, will
be extended for six months. this means no individual's snap benefits will be ended for not completing the renewal. they are also making it easier to apply for snap during this emergency by waiving the required interview and the hard copy signature on applications to reduce the need for face-to-face interactions. so please visit nj health.org to learn more and apply. report, hospitals reported 4605 hospitalizations of covid-19 individuals or persons under investigation. and there are 1439 individuals in critical care. 76% are of
-- icu patients are on of ventilators. we see that the hospitalizations now are declining across all three regions of the state. last evening to hospitals in the central evening or on full divert. the governor reviewed the cases and deaths reported today as part of our debts today, sadly we are reporting the death of a child who had an underlying medical condition. in order to protect the privacy of the child and family, we will not be releasing further details. our thoughts and prayers are with the family. in terms of deaths the breakdown by race and ethnicity are about the same. white, 52.4%. black 19.3 percent. hispanic 17.5%. asian 5.4%. other 5.4%.
514 long-term care facilities and assisted living facilities in the state with covid-19 cases. 254 cases in our long-term care facilities. at state veteran homes, among a census of 673 residents, 362 have tested positive and there's a total of 127 desk, unchanged from yesterday. at our state psychiatric hospitals with patients have tested positive and we are sally reporting another death at ankara for a total of 12 deaths are state psychiatric hospitals. as the governor shared, our committal positivity of those tested is 37%.
the daily percent positivity as of may 4 is as follows. in new jersey overall, 28%. the central west region, 35 .5%. the northwest region, 29.4%. central east, 27%. northeast, 26.7%. and south, 26.7%. that concludes my report. as always, stay connected. stay safe and stay healthy. happy mother's day to all the mothers out there. thank you. happy mother's day. the same six counties are still the locus of the most amount of cases. that precious four-year-old, it is unfathomable, is the first fatality of anyone in the state, from covid-19 related
complications, under the age of 18. as judy said, we will keep the details of that as you would want us to, out of respect and privacy. the spot positivity. said, as of may 4, which i assume is when the specimens were collected. it is still, and christina, you will want to, even though we have set only today, that we will begin to slowly open up to some asymptomatic testing and we're gonna have a lot more to say about testing sometime in the next few days . it is remarkable that even the highest he said was 35 on spot testing which means two out of who are starkly going to be well. the symptomatically of gone in and come back with a negative test so we should probably take
the some continued effort on that. pat, in addition to your daily burn of compliance, pp, infrastructure, could you give us 22nd on what looks like the nasty weather. countiesur northern will be under a freeze warning from 11:00 tonight till tomorrow morning, sussex, morris, hunter. the northwest counties may experience up to one inch of snow. and minor coastal flooding may happen. high winds through tomorrow, from right now through saturday evening. be mindful of that. i know d.o.t. and the commissioner are on top of that. with regard to compliance, newark issued 54 eo violations overnight. clinton township had a subject who had seen posters out and was .eing seen to passing traffic he was cited for eo violation. prospect park, a group of folks refused to disperse a gathering
and one person organizing that was cited. parsippany, a police officer what to the call and response to somebody committing criminal mischief with residents with a hammer. that subject refused to put the hammer down, when finally being placed under arrest, the dependent -- defendant began coughing and spitting and acting irrationally, indicating to the officer that he hopes he gets corona. endeavor, a gathering of approximate a 50 people at a church gathered. they had been warned several times. one of the subjects there coordinating, was cited. in irvington, another host of a party of 15 people gathered was also cited. that is all i have. can we please drop the hammer on the hammerhead? what ridiculous behavior.
you are most worried about the four northern counties and really after 11:00 tonight? to 9:00 aete 11:00 freeze warning the national weather service put into place. the fact that we have not talked about brining this winter, it is amazing. but here we are in may. >> a dusting of snow potential? >> yes up to one inch in the fort north counties. gov. murphy: thank you for that. we will start over here. matt has a microphone. our tell is here and thank you for being here everyday. a couple of logistical points. we will be with you tomorrow at 1:00. we can officially wish you again, happy mother's day. please help me remember. will not be with you on sunday, unless we let you know otherwise. we will be electronic and on paper. just made a decision to move monday to the 1:00 slot.
we had considered later. there is a white house vtc, please bear with us. we may be a few minutes late but we are going to shoot for 1:00 on monday as well. so thank you and we will see you back here tomorrow at 1:00. our chief counsel has joined us. thank you, matt. and elise, good afternoon. a question, john says some lawmakers say all or part of your emergency borrowing plan is not constitutional. what is your response to them? are you getting an opinion from the state attorney general that you can make public to settle any constitutional concerns? and my question is, regarding the asymptomatic testing, how will the worried well be weeded out, and how many a symptomatically test and be conducted each day?
matic testsy asympto can be conducted each day? and you expect to expand that to a bigger population or a bigger geographic region? gov. murphy: a constitutional question before the house. >> i'm not going to get into a back-and-forth on what some members of the legislature have said. we feel very confident plan is constitutional, both on the text of the statute, and based on precedent from prior cases. i have a comment on this. the text of the constitution. i am not sure i may have said statute. gov. murphy: i would echo we would not be doing this if we did not think it was constitutionally feasible. of commentsa couple that are more general and ask
judy to come in and correct the record. number one, we are in a much different place than they were two months ago, or even two to four weeks ago on testing. we are going to go through, we probably could have told you about testing as early as today, in terms of the plan going forward. mindsty and greater prevails and really made the compelling point that testing and contact tracing go hand-in-hand. and that we should do those together. so in the early week we will do that. again, what i'm saying today has some relevance. what duty is saying today has a lot of relevance. you may hear and you will hear the plan going forward. secondly, and pat will correct the record, we were consistently not maxing out of late, at either pnc or bergen community and so this is a chance for us to dip arto in the water. say, if youheard me are symptomatically, you're
still obviously going to be a priority. haveou also heard that we asymptomatic priorities as well. working in a congregant living space, health care workers, an first-line responders , at a minimum. and then the other sort of belt and suspenders we are putting on this, it would be really good folks could check with their health care provider first, so you do not get thousands of people showing up. we do not want the book to be swamped. that is the order of priorities. we want to try it and see how it works for a few days. this is at the moment we are also going to unveil a broader set of master testing plan going forward. the decisionmade to go forward with increasing testing, every day we looked out the capacity at the testing sites, and also the capacity at the labs. and then, the bell ability of
testing kits and the availability of ppe. so when you put that altogether, we feel we can expand testing. and every day we will look at this and our testing plan, that we will reveal next week, we'll look at populations. and how we are going forward, takes all of that into consideration. gov. murphy: to do, i forgot the other priority category is someone who has been affirmatively incontact with someone who has tested positive for covid-19. thank you for that. i have three questions. i wonder if you have spoken to vice president biden since i last asked? second, based on what you have the and heard, you believe sexual assault allegations leveled at the former vice president? and last, are you concerned those allegations will help trump get elected or that they
would hurt the democratic cabinets down the ballot in new jersey? gov. murphy: i literally, and i'm not trying to be rude, i have not spoken with the vice president at all. our teams are speaking regulate and he and i just have not got one scheduled. and i have literally no insight or no comment on your questions two and three. >> governor murphy, the center for medicare and medicaid services issued a report following an inspection at andover subacute to facility. they found numerous instances of noncompliance they say led to the transmission of covid in the facility. in that cause or likely cause injury or death residence. what is your reaction to the report'ss -- to the findings, and you believe the attorney general should open an investigation into the closing of the george washington bridge is a violation of the state
shall shoot over improper use of a government authority? gov. murphy: i have no comment on the second. that is that decision for the attorney general. on the first one it is fair to general hasorney established an investigation. i think we have to let that play out. is that fair to say? as a general matter, judy and i have said time and again that the inconsistent performance by operators in the long-term care facility space is extremely disappointing now. i will use a more diplomatic word. that is a diplomatic word. there is an unevenness. and folks out there have lived this. everything from what they did inside the facilities, to communication to loved ones, and everything in between. it is why the attorney general is investigating. it is why judy started on march 6, as i recall, with a whole series of directives. it is why we have brought in a
nationally recognized team to help us. guard is the national at andover subacute, i think, as we speak, with 22 folks. we have taken a range of steps in the industry. i believe the specifics of that location to the attorney general's investigation. >> just two things to clarify before i get into my question. do you need to prove to a doctor you have had no symptoms to be if you're asymptomatic? the the death of the four-year-old, anything else? doesn't make you wary that some warehouse workers are sang executor artist do not specify which wheeler tailors can go
online and operate warehouses. does that mean any real teller can do so because a company like rent the runway is selling gallons of makeup and their ploys are complaining. the state health apartment issued a letter march 31 telling residents in nursing homes they could not require residents to be tested for the virus before allowing them to return to the hospital. was that a mistake not to test discharge patients? note?you need a doctor's gov. murphy: we are not requiring that but we want folks, and this is scouts honor, we want you to check in with your doctor before you show up. important if is you are going to be tested to be connected to a primary care physician, a medical home, because what if, you may be asymptomatic if you turn out positive you want that conductivity to a health care system. fqhc in your the
neighborhood we just feel that's that's an important aspect of testing. gov. murphy: on the said the-old, we blessed four-year-old had an underlying medical condition. that is all we are going to say. blessedlost another life. in this case it is unfathomable. it is a four-year-old and it is the only fatality we have had under the age of 18. and the four-year-old had an underlying condition. your question on retailers? >> someone in my office is working on a story how it rented the one-way, a company that rents counts and makeup, is allowing their warehouse to operate because your executive order is not specific about
which warehouses can operate or not. like amazon sells essential goods, but can you specify? gov. murphy: i have nothing specific to say. i will ask matt to weigh in on this. are looking and we hear we get a lot of incoming's on non-essential retail. but we are still on a stay-at-home order and we have to, as we take steps to reopen, we have to do it right. >> the executive orders have not close warehouses. . there is in person retail that is not essential is closed. warehouses have to abide by the strict social distancing guidelines that were put in place through various orders we have issued. if they are not, there a complaint process. we would be happy to look into it. >> the march 31 letter told nursing homes they could not required residents to be tested
for the virus before allowing them to return to the hospital. was that a mistake not to test discharge patients? gov. murphy: i am not aware of the letter, judy, i apologize. >> i think the specificity in the letter was that we were having difficult he's with readmissions from the hospitals. remembering that the nursing homes,are the residents' and they were requiring the hospital to do a confirmatory test after the resident was allowed back into the room. we said you cannot require that. that is a medical decision that was made or would be made by the hospital. if they had tested positive for cover 19, or if they were a person under investigation, you should cohort them appropriately. if you cannot cohort appropriately, or you do not have ppe, or you do not have the staffing, to take care of the patient, then the individual would have to be placed in one
of the nursing homes that we had worked with, to provide beds for that person, until they could go back to what we consider their residence. gov. murphy: i got the the wonder of having a personal device. the commissioner of the motor vehicles commission, sue fulton, has weighed in with the following answer your last question. george and wisconsin are letting teenagers drive without a road test. we are not considering that. under vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among teenagers. we will leave it at that. to follow up on the asymptomatic testing, is that just at bergen committee college
and pnc? gov. murphy: yes, it is that bergen community and pnc only. >> on testing, and announced after meeting at the white house that they would be sending 550,000 tests i understand that only 35,000 have arrived so far . do you know why that is and is that your expectation? gov. murphy: there is a delivery schedule agreed upon at the white house and they are delivering at least are more they had promised at the rates of delivery. so i'm not concerned about that. >> and to follow up, the effort to double testing, can you say how that is going and where are we on that? gov. murphy: you will hear about that early week and i will leave it until then. >> commissioner, on the demographic information you give every day, is that the percentages. are those just for the change that day?
or is that the overall figure, if that question makes sense. when you state is 52% white and 19% black. is that the change or camilla to? -- or cumulative? >> cumulative for the total amount of deaths. afternoon. the underlying condition for the four-year-old, was that kawasaki disease? and there is there any update on the national guard at long-term care? is it still only andover? or do you expect them to go other places? on the advisory council announced today, what data will they be using the determined dates of opening? what metrics do you want them to use to guide these decisions? with their work be public and will be have access to their email? will they issue reports like a transition team issues reports and can we see that stuff? and can you say where you stand on beach openings?
you say you would like to have them and expect possibly by memorial day. what is your thinking right now? beaches are run by the municipal government. how does that square with the executive order that says the state order is the state order? gov. murphy: we have set all we are going to say about the blessed four-year-old we have lost. let's leave it there. the national guard is that andover subacute today. we expect they will be in multiple facilities sooner than later. >> we expect 100. gov. murphy: 120. >> we are identifying facilities for them to go into and help. gov. murphy: i think they will be deployed based on a needs assessment duty and team are working on as we speak. i don't have a good answer for you on whether or not there will
their work will be public and will they file reports? we are still working out what form their product will be in. principally, they will be advising, generally, based on their understanding of the industries they operate in. basingrphy: they will be their calls and ask them to do what we have been doing which is to base this on balls and strikes, the facts before them. there is a faith and social services group to this. matt has been involved with three faith leaders today, talking about very specific, not even request, but realities. and how that matches up with what we can or cannot do. , i would saybe tactical, with enormous respect. we need real, granular
on-the-ground advice and it'll be based on the facts. beaches. i asked for the out forecast. there is no day in the next two weeks that will be above a high of 60 something. i would normally say that with a heavy heart, but that probably gives us more latitude. this is also a good opportunity for me to say a couple of things about beaches and parks. we are going to head out in a moment. everybody, you are extraordinary last weekend. i do not think the weather will come close to last weekend. we would like everybody, if you're in a park, county, state or golfing, whatever am a lead, keep doing what you have been doing. on beaches, what we have said is the following. this is in process. there are a number of earlier feasible steps that we're looking at right now that will give
guidance, sometime over the next week or so, would be my guess. and beaches are on that list and so we are trying to come up with a paradigm that is that is consistent with not necessarily to the the letter but consistent with at least the mindset that we approached parks with. for instance, we limited parking at the parks by 50%. capacity,e notion of which is something we are looking carefully at. social distancing, clearly. masks. judy, i think i am the biggest mask i may be only behind you but that may be hard to enforce on a beach. so this is not necessarily exactly verbatim, what we did here we will do their but i will say this. -- folksendent upon
need to understand -- that while my optimism is high, by the time we get to memorial day, assuming the weather is -- has broken in a good way, it is subject to two really important footnotes. number one, the curves we look at every day have got to continue improving. if they turn against us, there is no way we can responsibly take a step, like opening beaches. secondly, folks are going to have to accept, just as you have all done brilliantly with parks, going to the beach will be an experience, which will feel in some ways like noise has, and in some ways like it never has. folks have to understand we are going to have to have steps in place. capacity. social distancing.
your last question was, yes, the executives orders we promulgate are the ones that bind. at the same time the beaches, other than island beach state a big dose of municipalities. the cooperation we have in our deliberation-pat sees it and judy sees it, and met dust as well, with municipalities and counties up and down the shore, as well as in our late communities, has been outstanding. and i have a high degree of confidence that we will be, wherever it is we end up, we will be in very good harmony. >> on the beaches specifically, the order, the governors are the orders for the state. in one order he has issued we explicitly delegated authority to localities to address beaches. gov. murphy: thank you. mask.s a homemade it was a gift.
i want to thank everyone here for their leadership today and every day. likewise colonel, director and matt and the whole team. a couple of things. housekeeping. we will be back at 1:00 tomorrow. looking forward to seeing you then. happy mother's day to everybody who may not tune in tomorrow. duty, thank you for reminding us. and third, folks, keep doing what you are doing. extraordinary work with the exception of that very small cadre of knuckleheads we are we're beating any other state in the nation in terms of social distancing, staying at home. and know that the reward for that is our confidence that we can take more steps responsibly. and that the same time give you , the confidence that you're going to feel that you're gonna
need to get back out there. byorrow we be joan -- joined the health commissioner now running university hospital as duty is the health commissioner. he will join tomorrow with representatives of the red cross to talk about plasma and plasma donations, the reality around that. on the wire,l be written. early week, we hope to have before you, we will have to put before you, not just tweaking testing, as folks asked about asymptomatic, but the master plan of testing and contact tracing. and the infrastructure that underpins it, going forward. thank you all. god bless you all.