“I was certainly not the only governor who held briefings to update residents on our progress against the virus, but I am proud to have held more than anyone else,” he said.
Background: Murphy began holding his briefings not long after the pandemic was announced and with few exceptions, all of which have been held inside the Trenton War Memorial. Each briefing has included a summary of daily and overall case numbers as well as profiles of New Jerseyers who have died from the virus. Murphy also used the briefings to announce notices, guidance to schools and businesses, and other pandemic-related restrictions.
Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, whom the governor refers to as “the woman who needs no introduction,” and state police superintendent Patrick Callahan have been by the governor’s side during each session. Other officials in the health department and administration have also attended the briefings to offer their input and expertise.
First, the briefings were held daily, then they were cut down to three times a week. Recently, the governor has held the briefings only once a week.
The numbers: Murphy reported Wednesday that a further 69 have been confirmed Covid-19 deaths and 1,058 confirmed cases. He said hospital admissions have continued to fall below 1,000 for the first time since November 28.
Since the first case was reported on March 4, 2020, New Jersey has reported nearly 1.9 million confirmed and more than 290,000 suspected cases of coronavirus. In addition, there have been nearly 30,000 confirmed and 3,000 suspected Covid-related deaths during that time, according to statens dashboard.