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NJ COVID-19 Cases Top 160K As Murphy Plans More Reopenings

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TRENTON (WCBS 880) - Gov. Phil Murphy said Sunday that the number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey had surpassed 160,000 as the death toll neared 11,700.

There were 868 new cases of COVID-19 reported since Saturday, Murphy said, bringing the state's total number of cases to 160,445.

Of those cases, 2,469 patients were currently hospitalized, 522 were in critical or intensive care and 378 were on ventilators.

Murphy said the state had lost another 66 people and that the death toll was now 11,698.

In a radio interview Sunday morning, Murphy said it is possible Atlantic City casinos could reopen, with restrictions, by July 4.

The governor said he planned to announce more reopenings at his briefing Monday, including updates on nonessential businesses and outdoor dining.

"We're going to announce a whole lot more tomorrow," Murphy said, according to NJ.com. "We'll take more steps. Small businesses have been crushed."

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