NJ reports zero new COVID deaths for first time since March 2020

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FILE – In this Dec. 15, 2020 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks during a news conference after witnessing the first coronavirus vaccinations at University Hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, N.J. While Murphy has pledged to be transparent throughout the coronavirus pandemic, his administration has denied or slowly responded to requests for records related to spending, communications and decision-making.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey hit another new milestone Tuesday in its fight against COVID-19.

The state reported zero new confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the state for the first time since March 17, 2020. Gov. Phil Murphy confirmed the news in a tweet.

The middle of March was when the pandemic began to take it’s toll on the state one of the epicenters of the pandemic’s first wave. Gov. Phil Murphy issued a stay-at-home order four days later.

New Jersey reported zero in-hospital COVID-19 deaths about two weeks ago. But Tuesday’s zero-death day is a little different because of the manner in which the state counts coronavirus fatalities. Often deaths are reported days after they actually occur as COVID-19 confirmed.

Newly confirmed deaths have been in the single digits for nine straight days.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there are 894,007 confirmed cases in a state with a population of just under 9 million, according to the Census Bureau. At least 23,774 New Jerseyans are confirmed dead from the virus.

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