New Jersey officials, facing second worst outbreak, worry about possible shortages of beds, ventilators

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy emphasized the need for more ventilators as the death toll from novel coronavirus continues to climb.

Another 37 deaths were reported Monday, bringing the state’s total to 198. New Jersey has the second highest number of positive coronavirus cases at 16,636.

“These numbers never get easier to report,” Murphy said. “But I shudder to think about what these numbers would be without our social distancing measures.’

Murphy and Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli emphasized the need for social distancing, calling it the only tool available to fight the virus.

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