The number of coronavirus cases across New Jersey continues to climb daily, Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday, as he ordered additional business closures.
Murphy announced there are at least 742 positive tests, including nine deaths in the New Jersey during a Thursday afternoon briefing.
He also ordered all barbershops, hair salons, spas, nail and eyelash salons, tattoo parlors and social clubs to shut down. Several major national retailers voluntarily closed thousands of stores.
All public and private schools and colleges had to close by Wednesday. Bars and restaurants can only offer take-out or delivery, while other businesses deemed non-essential have to close by 8 p.m. Movies theaters, malls, fitness centers and amusement areas were also closed earlier this week along with casinos and racetracks.
Kohl’s temporarily closed its approximately 1,100 stores in the country at 8 p.m. Thursday. There are 38 locations in New Jersey. The TJX Companies, which includes TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Marshalls and Sierra, made a similar announcement it was closing all stores for two weeks.
New Jersey-based Bed, Bath & Beyond also announced early Friday that it would close 800 stores nationally, while keeping open locations that carry essential supplies like cleaning products. The 800 stores closing “do not carry meaningful amounts of these supplies,” the company said.
Family loses 4th member to coronavirus: A fourth member of a large New Jersey family has died of coronavirus. Three adult siblings - two men and a woman - as well as their mother have died in the past week. Three other family members remain hospitalized - two in critical condition.
Three deaths associated with nursing homes: It’s likely three of the at least nine people confirmed to have died from the coronavirus in the state were living at either nursing homes or assisted-living facilities in Essex and Hudson counties, officials said.
Additionally, officials say at least six nursing homes and long-term care facilities around the state have patients that have tested positive for the virus.
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