Governor Murphy Recommends Cancellation of All Public Gatherings of More than 250 Individuals


TRENTON – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy today released the following statement:

“Today, based on guidance we have received from the Commissioner of Health, we are recommending the cancellation of all public gatherings throughout New Jersey of more than 250 individuals, including concerts, sporting events, and parades. These measures are being taken as part of our coordinated response to the continued outbreak and to aggressively mitigate the spread of the virus. Additionally, for all events, we recommend that everyone practice commonsense hygiene, like washing hands routinely, staying home if you do not feel well, and keeping a six-foot distance from others.

“Our frontline efforts right now must be to aggressively mitigate the potential for exposure and further spread. We are taking this step because social distancing works. It is our best chance to ‘flatten the curve’ and mitigate the chance of rapid spread, so we can respond to this public health emergency in an even more focused manner.”

 Lieutenant Governor Oliver and Department of Health Commissioner Persichilli will provide more information during today’s 2:00 p.m. COVID-19 briefing for media. For any specific inquiries, please visit or call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

According to the NJ Department of Health, as of Thursday afternoon, there were 103 completed coronavirus tests in the state: 74 were negative results, 29 are presumptive positives, with 1 death, and 0 confirmed CDC cases. 20 tests are in process, and 37 individuals are under investigation.

Following the state of emergency declaration in response to coronavirus earlier this week, Murphy said during a afternoon radio interview yesterday that ‘folks have to take this seriously‘ but shouldn’t panic, according to ROI-NJ.

This afternoon at a briefing, NJDOH Commissioner Persichilli said that a 16-year old has been hospitalized with COVID-19.

The NJDOH’s hotline has received 740 calls over the past day (Thursday), with 4,579 calls to date.

Cases By County:

Bergen County:

13 Presumptive Positive(s)

Burlington County:

2 Presumptive Positive(s)

Camden County:

1 Presumptive Positive(s)

Essex County:

1 Presumptive Positive(s)

Hudson County:

1 Presumptive Positive(s)

Middlesex County:

2 Presumptive Positive(s)

Monmouth County:

5 Presumptive Positive(s)

Morris County:

1 Presumptive Positive(s)

Passaic County:

1 Presumptive Positive(s)

Somerset County:

1 Presumptive Positive(s)

Union County:

1 Presumptive Positive(s)

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