NEW JERSEY – The number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey nearly doubled again, and two additional deaths were reported on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced (watch the press conference below).

Murphy announced that the state had 162 new positive tests on Wednesday, raising the total number of cases to 427. “This is increasing with a pretty steep curve,” Murphy said.

Both people who died were over 60 years old and considered high-risk, Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli announced.

Here is where the new cases are:

  • Atlantic 3
  • Bergen 27
  • Burlington 5
  • Camden 5
  • Essex 12
  • Hudson 9
  • Hunterdon 2
  • Mercer 6
  • Middlesex 17
  • Monmouth 8
  • Morris 9
  • Ocean 4
  • Passaic 8
  • Somerset 8
  • Union 12

Murphy said he’s also put in a request with the Trump administration to help erect more emergency beds and even hospitals.

Persichilli said she’s concerned about the health care system, saying the state is looking to ensure that hospitals have the manpower, the supplies and the space that’s needed for the duration of the outbreak.

“There are predictions that many parts of the United States will have far too few hospital beds if the new coronavirus continues to spread,” she said. “That’s why we’re working with hospitals to develop surge and capacity planning.”

She said 260 additional beds should be brought online by Wednesday. Of those, 199 will be in North Jersey, 11 will be in Central Jersey and 50 will be in South Jersey.

Persichilli expects 227 additional beds to become available within the next three to four weeks

The state also completed a walk-through at Underwood Memorial Hospital in Woodbury and it’s working with Inspira Health. The Department of Health hopes that the hospital can reopen and accommodate an additional 300 beds.

Persichilli said the Bergen Community College testing site in Paramus will also be up-and-running on Friday. Health care workers and first responders will get first priority; the DOH hopes to college 2,500 specimens a week.