Insider NJ’s COVID-19 Information Update Center (March 31st and Prior)

New Jersey County COVID-19

This is an archived version of update posts from March 31st and prior; for the most recent live version of the update center, go here


Welcome to InsiderNJ’s COVID-19 update center. Here readers will find the information we post related to the outbreak, in one place, including statements and announcements from official sources, be they governmental agencies, departments, or elected officials, from the state, county, and local levels as InsiderNJ becomes aware of them.  There’s a lot of information coming through, and we know it can be challenging to keep up. Our aim is to segment the information in a digestible format, along with links for further reading. This update tracker will serve as a chronological reference tool for better understanding the developing narrative, the gravest and most challenging facing New Jersey since Super Storm Sandy. This is by no means to be construed as a complete picture of the entirety of the COVID-19 impact on the state, but aims to provide an easy-to-access and easy-to-follow tool for updates, as we receive that information, housed in a simple format under one roof. We thank you for your attention and wish all of our readers, wherever they may be, safety and health as we face this danger together.

3/31 10:28pm: The Mayors of Newark, Irvington, Orange, and East Orange jointly announced a four-city effort to combat COVID, organized into four operations: Lockdown, Clean Business, Wipedown, and Mobile Wellness Checks.


3/31 8:46pm: Bergen County reported a total of 3,202 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday; all 70 towns are now impacted.


3/31 8:29pm: As part of InsiderNJ’s partnership with The Latino Spirit, we are aiming to provide as many possible Spanish Language versions of crisis news stories and in particular Governor Phil Murphy’s daily press briefing in the interest of reaching all of New Jersey’s COVID-19-impacted communities.

Con este alianza de InsiderNJ y El Espiritu Latino, queremos hacer muchos versiones de historias importantes de toda la communidad de Nueva Jersey en este momento de COVID-19. Por favor buscan las paginas web de InsiderNJ y El Espiritu Latino para informacion de el crisis y reportaje de cada dia de Gobernador Phil Murphy.


3/31 8:25pm: Passaic County reported a total of 1,126 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday.


3/31 7:30pm: Warren County reported a total of 93 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday.


3/31 7:19pm: Sussex County reported 15 new COVID-19 cases and 2 fatalities on Tuesday, bringing its total to 137 cases.


3/31 7:09pm: Salem County reported 4 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing its total to 16 cases.


3/31 7:03pm: Cumberland County reported a total of 26 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday


3/31 6:58pm: Cape May County reported 7 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total to 26 cases.


3/31 6:50pm: Camden County reported 41 additional COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total to 242 cases and 6 deaths.


3/31 6:45pm: Assemblywoman Jimenez tested positive for COVID-19.


3/31 5:20pm: Ocean County reports 1,108 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday; Lakewood has the highest count of any town, with 400 cases.


3/31 5:15pm: Burlington County reported a total of 213 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday; 7 have been cleared from quarantine.


3/31 5:09pm:  Can a pandemic get New Jersey homeowners their full SALT deduction back? Phil Murphy hopes so. And so does Josh Gottheimer.


3/31 4:20pm: Monmouth County reported a total of 1,163 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.


3/31 4:09pm: In one area, there is growing inconsistency between the state government and many of its towns and counties. And it involves – of all things – fishing.


3/31 4:03pm: Morris County reported 849 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.


3/31 3:33pm: In Perth Amboy, Mayor Diaz has self-quarantined following exposure to COVID-19.


3/31 2:52pm: Senator Gopal will introduce legislation to levy fines of up to $1,000 and 6 months in prison against attendees of ‘corona’ parties.


3/31 2:33pm: Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano will introduce legislation to penalize public gatherings during a state of emergency with fines ranging from $10,000-$15,000.


3/31 1:31pm: The NJDOL urged businesses to keep employees on their payroll during the COVID-19 crisis, and to take advantage of the payroll tax credit.


3/31 1:27pm: In Passaic, the NJFMBA mourned the passing of Firefighter Israel Tolentino, the first firefighter fatality due to COVID-19.


3/31 1:07pm: The statewide COVID-19 case count climbed by 2,196 on Tuesday, March 31st, for a total of 18,696 cases; 69 New Jerseyans died since Monday, bringing the fatality count to 267 as of Tuesday.

COVID-19 Cases by County
Data is provisional and subsequent to revision.

3,686 Positives Pending Further Information

Bergen County:

2,909 Positive Test Result(s)

Essex County:

1,900 Positive Test Result(s)

Hudson County:

1,606 Positive Test Result(s)

Union County:

1,418 Positive Test Result(s)

Passaic County:

1,294 Positive Test Result(s)

Middlesex County:

1,277 Positive Test Result(s)

Monmouth County:

1,140 Positive Test Result(s)

Ocean County:

1,022 Positive Test Result(s)

Morris County:

841 Positive Test Result(s)

Somerset County:

413 Positive Test Result(s)

Mercer County:

268 Positive Test Result(s)

Camden County:

228 Positive Test Result(s)

Burlington County:

202 Positive Test Result(s)

Sussex County:

132 Positive Test Result(s)

Gloucester County:

114 Positive Test Result(s)

Hunterdon County:

97 Positive Test Result(s)

Warren County:

76 Positive Test Result(s)

Atlantic County:

31 Positive Test Result(s)

Cumberland County:

18 Positive Test Result(s)

Cape May County:

12 Positive Test Result(s)

Salem County:

12 Positive Test Result(s)


3/31 1:06pm: Morris County expanded its appointment schedule at its COVID-19 testing center.


3/31 1:03pm: Gloucester County confirmed its 2nd COVID-19 fatality on Monday and reported 120 total cases as of Tuesday.


3/31 12:54pm: Ocean County is closing parks and natural lands due to COVID-19 until further notice.


3/31 12:50pm: Somerset County reported a total of 405 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday.


3/31 12:18pm: Read the transcript of yesterday’s COVID-19 briefing.


3/31 12:07pm: Senator Menendez called on DHS to release non-violent at-risk detainees from ICE custody.


3/31 11:02am: Atlantic County reported an additional COVID-19 case and 5 recoveries on Tuesday morning, bringing the total to 31 cases in the county.


3/31 10:58am: Assemblyman Moen proposed legislation to freeze interest on certain NJ college loans during the COVID-19 pandemic.


3/31 10:52am: Senator Testa demanded better protections from COVID-19 for corrections officers.


3/31 10:34am: Mercer County is opening a COVID-19 testing center.


3/31 10:24am: Camden County is opening a COVID-19 testing site in the city of Camden.


3/31 10:23am: Cumberland County reported a total of 17 COVID-19 cases as of Monday. The county is opening a COVID-19 testing center.


3/31 9:54am: NJ.com: How Phil Murphy went from cancer surgery to meeting the challenge of his political life during coronavirus crisis.


3/31 9:00am: A WalletHub study ranks NJ’s economy as the 8th most exposed to COVID-19.


3/31 8:55am: Senator Pennacchio says the state must start using hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 preventative treatment following its emergency authorization by the FDA.


3/31 12:26am:  Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 3/31/2020


3/30 10:27pm: Morris County released a town matrix of COVID-19 cases.


3/30 9:51pm: Cape May County reported a total of 19 COVID-19 cases as of Monday. The mayors of all 16 towns in Cape May County requested that all non-residents stay away amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.


3/30 9:35pm: Hoboken Mayor Bhalla reported 12 new COVID-19 cases and 1 fatality in the city on Monday.


3/30 9:32pm: In Bayonne, the city had its third COVID-19 fatality on Monday.


3/30 9:17pm: In Trenton, Police Director Coley tested positive for COVID-19, one of three officers who have the virus, according to the Trentonian.


3/30 9:16pm: In Ewing, Mayor Steinmann tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Trentonian.


3/30 9:13pm: Essex County Sheriff Fontoura has tested positive for COVID-19, and is currently in self-isolation.


3/30 9:03pm: In North Bergen, an infant less than two weeks tested positive for COVID-19, according to Hudson County View.


3/30 8:39pm: Bergen County reported a total of 2,607 COVID-19 cases and 41 fatalities as of Monday.


3/30 8:20pm: Hudson County has a total of 971 COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths as of Monday.


3/30 8:19pm: Mercer County has a total of 249 COVID-19 cases as of Monday.


3/30 8:04pm: Warren County reported a total of 72 COVID-19 cases as of Monday.


3/30 7:15pm: Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, here’s the list of congressional primary candidates who made the filing deadline this year.


3/30 7:09pm: At today’s briefing, Governor Murphy was pressed about his own ‘Christie-Obama moment’ with President Trump, following Trump’s comment that Murphy is a ‘great guy’.


3/30 7:06pm: AG Grewal imposed emergency restrictions on certain prescription medications to avoid shortages due to COVID-19 and announced new rules to protect the elderly and disabled during the crisis.


3/30 6:59pm: Murphy and Callahan announced updates and clarifications to the list of businesses allowed to operate as per the Governor’s executive order.


3/30 6:51pm: Camden County reported 41 new COVID-19 cases and 2 fatalities on Monday, bringing the total case count to 202.


3/30 6:39pm: Middlesex County will open a drive-through COVID-19 testing site tomorrow.


3/30 6:35pm: Sussex County reported 24 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total to 122 cases.


3/30 6:22pm: Monmouth County reported a total of 1,033 COVID-19 cases as of Monday; Middletown, where Governor Murphy is a resident, has the highest count of any town in the county, with 103 cases.


3/30 6:17pm: Salem County reported 9 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing its total to 12.


3/30 4:48pm: Ocean County reported a total of 954 COVID-19 cases as of Monday; Lakewood continues to have the highest count of any town with 399 cases.


3/30 4:48pm: The NJ Gas, Convenience Store, and Automotive Association called on Governor Murphy to temporarily suspend the self-serve gas prohibition.


3/30 4:17pm: Burlington County reported 10 additional COVID-19 cases on Monday, for a total of 167 cases.


3/30 4:16pm: In Union Township, Committeeman Florio launched his re-election campaign, and called for a suspension of campaign lawn signs during the COVID-19 crisis.


3/30 3:29pm: In Carteret, Mayor Dan Reiman tested positive for COVID-19, detailing his experience with the virus on social media.


3/30 3:01pm: The Mayors of Newark, Irvington, Orange, and East Orange will announce tomorrow a one-week, four-city lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19.


3/30 2:50pm: Colonel Callahan discussed the latest slew of executive order violations, including another case of a man who coughed on police while claiming to have COVID19, and another large gathering in Lakewood that police shut down.


3/30 2:47pm: Senator Testa says he’s ‘pleased’ that Governor Murphy is allowing firearms retailers to operate during the state of emergency, saying it ‘never should have been infringed upon in the first place’.


3/30 2:44pm: Over 60 groups urged Governor Murphy to stop dangerous permits and projects until the COVID-19 crisis ends.


3/30 2:41pm: After several confrontations with critics in recent days, Murphy said that firearms retailers will be allowed to operate in the state by appointment only.


3/30 2:29pm: Rep. Smith successfully worked to bring home 17 Americans who were trapped in Peru.


3/30 2:26pm:We need more ventilators‘, says Governor Murphy.


3/30 2:24pm: Bergen County Sheriff Cureton announced two additional COVID-19 cases among detainees in the county jail.


3/30 2:21pm: Somerset County reported a total of 331 COVID-19 cases and 11 fatalities as of Monday.


3/30 2:15pm: Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano called for the halt of any hearings on proposed toll hikes.


3/30 2:09pm: Cape May County had its biggest single day on COVID-19 cases on Sunday, with 5 new cases, bringing the total to 15 as of Sunday


3/30 2:04pm: There have been 3,347 new cases in the past 24 hours, with 16,636 COVID-19 cases, and a loss of another 37 residents, bringing the total fatalities to 198, as of 2pm Monday March 30th.

COVID-19 Cases by County
Data is provisional and subsequent to revision.

3,847 Positives Pending Further Information

Bergen County:

2,482 Positive Test Result(s)

Essex County:

1,564 Positive Test Result(s)

Hudson County:

1,314 Positive Test Result(s)

Union County:

1,213 Positive Test Result(s)

Middlesex County:

1,123 Positive Test Result(s)

Passaic County:

1,091 Positive Test Result(s)

Monmouth County:

1,030 Positive Test Result(s)

Ocean County:

874 Positive Test Result(s)

Morris County:

720 Positive Test Result(s)

Somerset County:

349 Positive Test Result(s)

Mercer County:

249 Positive Test Result(s)

Camden County:

200 Positive Test Result(s)

Burlington County:

178 Positive Test Result(s)

Sussex County:

113 Positive Test Result(s)

Gloucester County:

89 Positive Test Result(s)

Hunterdon County:

79 Positive Test Result(s)

Warren County:

68 Positive Test Result(s)

Atlantic County:

29 Positive Test Result(s)

Cumberland County:

12 Positive Test Result(s)

Cape May County:

9 Positive Test Result(s)

Salem County:

3 Positive Test Result(s)


3/30 2:01pm: Union County announced new guidelines for its COVID-19 testing site.


3/30 1:56pm: Gloucester County reports 89 total COVID-19 cases as of Monday morning.


3/30 1:48pm: Watch Governor Murphy’s daily COVID-19 briefing at 2pm.


3/30 1:46pm: In Irvington, the city is in a unique position with BOE and nonpartisan council races in May due to the COVID-19 election changes.


3/30 1:44pm: Law enforcement officials created a federal-state COVID-19 task force.


3/30 12:31pm: NYC Mayor DeBlasio was asked at a press conference why he hasn’t closed parks and playgrounds like Hoboken and Bergen County; DeBlasio says its not a great idea for NYC at this time.


3/30 12:17pm: Hunterdon County reported 76 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday.


3/30 12:11pm: Atlantic County reported 5 new COVID-19 cases on Monday morning.


3/30 12:05pm: Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, and Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (R-Monmouth) expressed their grave concerns at the actions taken by the New Jersey Judicial and Executive branches of government with regard to the temporary release of prisoners.


3/30 11:15am: Hunterdon County Freeholders will hold a special meeting tomorrow to discuss the impact of COVID-19.


3/30 11:09am: In Hoboken, residents witnessed history as the USNS Comfort lowered its anchor at Pier 90 to provide support for medical workers.


3/30 11:07am: A fourth Paterson resident died due to COVID-19.


3/30 10:24am: During a morning phone interview, Governor Murphy said that the COVID-19 lockdown will ‘bleed meaningfully into May‘, according to NJ.com.


3/30 9:24am: Senator Pennacchio again called for the use of hydroxychloroquine to early-treat high-risk groups for COVID-19 following emergency authorization by the FDA.


3/30 1:22am: Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing for March 30th.


3/29 9:59pm: Hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and pushed apart like everyone else by social distancing defensive measures, the residents of Teaneck came together on a conference call today to worship and close ranks across those fierce religious divides that have long plagued the planet.


3/29 9:19pm: Bergen County reported a total of 2,281 COVID-19 cases and 41 fatalities as of Sunday.


3/29 9:06pm: Sussex County reported 2 COVID-19 fatalities on Sunday; total cases are 93 as of Sunday.


3/29 8:45pm: Rep. Gottheimer tested negative for COVID-19, after a period of self-quarantine, according to NJ.com.


3/29 6:10pm: Atlantic County reported a total of 25 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday, with 7 new cases.


3/29 6:10pm: In Hoboken, Bhalla reported 11 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 96 cases.


3/29 5:38pm: Ocean County reported a total of 835 COVID-19 cases on Sunday


3/29 5:28pm: Burlington County reported a total of 157 COVID-19 cases on Sunday, and released data broken down by town.


3/29 3:27pm: Insider NJ columnist Mary Gatta writes ‘NJ’s Social Distancing Scorecard: We Have Some Work to Do


3/29 3:04pm: Bergen County will open a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site for symptomatic residents tomorrow morning.


3/29 3:00pm: Camden County reported 25 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 168.


3/29 2:48pm: The statewide count as of Sunday is 13,386 cases and 161 deaths, according to the NJDOH.

COVID-19 Cases by County
Data is provisional and subsequent to revision.

3,020 Positives Pending Further Information

Bergen County:

2,169 Positive Test Result(s)

Essex County:

1,227 Positive Test Result(s)

Hudson County:

974 Positive Test Result(s)

Middlesex County:

938 Positive Test Result(s)

Union County:

896 Positive Test Result(s)

Monmouth County:

870 Positive Test Result(s)

Passaic County:

831 Positive Test Result(s)

Ocean County:

759 Positive Test Result(s)

Morris County:

556 Positive Test Result(s)

Somerset County:

295 Positive Test Result(s)

Mercer County:

202 Positive Test Result(s)

Camden County:

163 Positive Test Result(s)

Burlington County:

142 Positive Test Result(s)

Sussex County:

93 Positive Test Result(s)

Gloucester County:

72 Positive Test Result(s)

Hunterdon County:

66 Positive Test Result(s)

Warren County:

56 Positive Test Result(s)

Atlantic County:

24 Positive Test Result(s)

Cumberland County:

11 Positive Test Result(s)

Cape May County:

9 Positive Test Result(s)

Salem County:

3 Positive Test Result(s)


3/29 1:38pm: Gloucester County reported an additional 16 COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing its total to 72.


3/29 1:08pm: Cumberland County reported an additional COVID-19 case on Sunday, an increase from 9 COVID-19 cases and 1 fatality as of Friday, bringing the total to 11 cases including the fatality.


3/29 1:02pm: Somerset County reported a total of 287 COVID-19 cases, and 8 fatalities, as of Sunday.


3/29 11:50am: In Hoboken, Mayor Bhalla announced the closure of city parks for two weeks due to COVID-19 concerns.


3/29 10:25am: In Bayonne, Mayor Davis reported the city’s 2nd COVID-19 fatality, and 60 cases as of Saturday.


3/29 9:38am: Read the transcript of the March 27th COVID-19 briefing and the transcript of the March 28th COVID-19 briefing.


3/28 10:40pm: Governor Murphy issued a statement on the CDC’s domestic travel advisory.


3/28 10:39pm: Hoboken Mayor Bhalla reported 24 new COVID-19 cases in Hoboken.


3/28 9:52pm: Bergen County reports 1852 COVID-19 cases impacting 68 towns as of Saturday.


3/28 9:51pm: Most people are not idiots. They understand the need for reasonable, albeit stringent, restrictions in an emergency. But what can upset the equilibrium we have now is pushing too far. We’re not there, but we’re seeing some troubling signs.


3/28 5:32pm: Mercer County will open a drive-through COVID-19 testing site on Tuesday for symptomatic individuals with a prescription.


3/28 5:32pm:  Union County has 742 COVID-19 cases total as of Saturday.


3/28 5:05pm: Somerset County reported a total of 254 COVID-19 cases as of Saturday


3/28 4:55pm: Ocean County reported a total of 680 COVID-19 cases as of Saturday; Lakewood has the highest county of any town, with 272 cases.


3/28 4:44pm: Governor Murphy signed an executive order directing health care facilities to report data, including PPE inventory and hospital bed capacity, on a daily basis.


3/28 4:39pm: Camden County extended its state of emergency declaration indefinitely.


3/28 4:35pm: Burlington County reported 34 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 118 cases.


3/28 3:45pm: Atlantic County reported 4 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 18.


3/28 3:41pm: Mercer County reported that a staff member at the county corrections facility tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday


3/28 3:34pm: Cape May County reported 1 additional COVID-19 case on Saturday, a 12 year-old, bringing the total to 10 cases.


3/28 3:11pm: Camden County reported 21 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 138.


3/28 3:05pm: Bergen County will open a drive-thru testing site tomorrow for first responders and healthcare professionals.


3/28 2:30pm: President Trump is considering a quarantine of New Jersey, according to CNN.


3/28 2:06pm:  County by county breakdown of new confirmed cases:

Atlantic: 4

Bergen: 250 (1,838 total cases; leading all counties)

Burlinton: 27

Camden: 28

Cumberland: 2

Essex: 197 (1,086 total, number two)

Gloucester: 8

Hudson: 155

Hunterdon: 7

Mercer: 36

Middlesex: 126

Monmouth: 122

Morris: 42

Ocean: 86

Passaic: 88

Somerset: 29

Sussex: 13

Union: 132

Warren: 9


3/28 1:41pm: The state received urgently needed equipment from the federal government last night, including masks, gloves, face shields, coveralls, and medical beds.


3/28 1:39pm: The LD13 legislators called for an immediate halt to toll hike increase proposals.


3/28 1:21pm: Governor Phil Murphy today announced that financial institutions will provide mortgage forbearance and financial protections for New Jerseyans facing economic hardship as a result COVID-19.


3/28 1:07pm: The statewide COVID-19 case count as of 1pm Saturday March 28th has topped 10,000, and now stands at 11,124 and a total of 140 fatalities, an increase of 32 deaths in the past 24 hours.

Cases by County
Data is provisional and subsequent to revision.

2,478 Positives Pending Further Information

Bergen County:

1838 Positive Test Result(s)

Essex County:

1086 Positive Test Result(s)

Middlesex County:

808 Positive Test Result(s)

Monmouth County:

781 Positive Test Result(s)

Hudson County:

771 Positive Test Result(s)

Union County:

742 Positive Test Result(s)

Ocean County:

624 Positive Test Result(s)

Passaic County:

608 Positive Test Result(s)

Morris County:

442 Positive Test Result(s)

Somerset County:

258 Positive Test Result(s)

Mercer County:

168 Positive Test Result(s)

Camden County:

123 Positive Test Result(s)

Burlington County:

115 Positive Test Result(s)

Sussex County:

81 Positive Test Result(s)

Hunterdon County:

61 Positive Test Result(s)

Gloucester County:

51 Positive Test Result(s)

Warren County:

51 Positive Test Result(s)

Atlantic County:

17 Positive Test Result(s)

Cumberland County:

11 Positive Test Result(s)

Cape May County:

7 Positive Test Result(s)

Salem County:

3 Positive Test Result(s)


3/28 12:57pm: Watch Governor Murphy’s daily COVID-19 briefing at 1pm.


3/28 12:08pm: The Governor announced new funding sources to assist healthcare providers with COVID-19 costs.


3/28 12:03pm: Gloucester County reported 14 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday morning, bringing the total to 56 cases.


3/28 11:56am: In Glassboro, a gun store is suing Governor Murphy over the shutdown order, alleging its a 2nd Amendment rights violation, according to the Courier Post.


3/28 11:51am: Public hearings are still scheduled next week for toll hikes on the Atlantic City Expressway, according to the Press of Atlantic City.


3/28 11:49am: In Trenton, the city’s first responder COVID-19 screening site has closed, as it ran out of testing kits, according to the Trentonian.


3/28 11:44am: NJTV’s David Cruz exclusively interviewed Governor Murphy on Friday night on the state’s efforts to combat COVID-19.


3/28 11:39am: In Barnegat, Mayor Novak discusses governing during the COVID-19 crisis, according to ShoreNewsNetwork.


3/28 11:34am: The Defense Department approved the use of the National Guard in NJ.


3/28 11:23am: Assemblywoman McKnight raised nearly $20k to help feed low-income seniors.


3/28 8:31am: Jersey City Councilman Lavarro tested positive for COVID-19, while Councilman Yun has been hospitalized with symptoms.


3/28 8:13am: Recent enforcement actions taken where individuals were charged by law enforcement with crimes related to COVID-19.


3/27 11:40pm: Bergen County reported 1505 COVID-19 cases this evening, and released a town case matrix.


3/27 9:42pm: Mayor Fulop reported that there are 222 COVID-19 cases in Jersey City as of today.


3/27 8:07pm: Somerset County reported a total of 218 COVID-19 cases as of Friday; with 47 cases, Franklin Township is the highest town in the county.


3/27 8:06pm: AG Grewal released a list of law enforcement actions taken against individuals who have violated the Governor’s executive order.


3/27 7:52pm: Sussex County reported an additional 25 COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total to 72.


3/27 7:44pm: Hunterdon County reported a total of 52 COVID-19 cases as of today.


3/27 7:38pm: Warren County reported a total of 50 COVID-19 cases as of today.


3/27 7:32pm: Monmouth County reported a total of 647 COVID-19 cases as of today.


3/27 7:21pm: Ocean County released a list of beach and boardwalk restrictions in certain towns.


3/27 7:14pm: NJMVC agencies will remain closed to the public through April 12th.


3/27 7:11pm: Ocean County reiterated the guidelines for screening at its COVID-19 testing center.


3/27 7:07pm: Morris County will open a COVID-19 testing site on Monday.


3/27 7:03pm: Cumberland County reported a total of 9 COVID-19 cases and 1 fatality as of today.


3/27 6:45pm: The NJ Chamber of Commerce applauded the $350B for small business assistance in the $2T COVID-19 stimulus package.


3/27 6:42pm: Senator Booker called on ICE and CPB to cease all immigration enforcement functions during the COVID-19 crisis.


3/27 6:31pm: As the state battles a deadly virus that killed 27 people in 24 hours, Governor Phil Murphy stands poised to make a decision about how New Jersey will handle the June Primary elections, gingerly trying to walk a tightrope between health of the body politic and the always embattled and seldom invigorated health of democracy itself.


3/27 6:29pm: For the second day in a row, Governor Murphy was pressed on the ‘gun store’ question at his daily briefing, and sparred with the 2nd Amendment Society.


3/27 6:27pm: Both Republicans and Democrats in Morris County have postponed county committee elections that usually take place in the June primary because of the ongoing pandemic, following a statewide trend.


3/27 6:26pm: Bergen County Executive Tedesco announced the closure of county parks,to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, going into effect tomorrow morning.


6:25pm: Mercer County Executive Hughes offered an update to residents on the county’s COVID-19 efforts; the county has 131 cases as of Friday.


3/27 6:24pm: Camden County reported 33 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total to 117 cases.


3/27 6:22pm: Ocean County reported a total of 557 COVID-19 cases as of Friday; Lakewood has 236 cases, the highest of any town in the county.


3/27 6:21pm: Burlington County reported 17 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total to 84 cases.


3/27 6:17pm: Red Bank Mayor Menna is in the ICU due to COVID-19, according to TAPinto.


3/27 4:54pm: Burlington County reports seventeen additional cases, bringing total to 84.


3/27 4:04pm: Senators Booker and Menendez highlighted key benefits to the state in the COVID-19 stimulus package passed by Congress.


3/27 3:56pm: Senator Menendez urged the FTC to protect seniors from COVID-19 scams.


3/27 3:02pm: NJDOH Commissioner Persichilli notes that 55 long-term care facilities have at least COVID-19 case.


3/27 2:57pm: Morris County’s Freeholder Board will hold their April 6th meeting by telephone.


3/27 2:54pm: Ocean County established a decontamination site for emergency response vehicles.


3/27 2:51pm: Ocean County closed Mantoloking County Park and Fishing Pier to the public.


3/27 2:48pm: Gloucester County reported its first COVID-19 fatality this morning, and a total case count of 42.


3/27 2:11pm: ‘This isn’t the time for a pickup game of basketball’, said the Governor, urging folks to practice social distancing if they go outside.


3/27 2:03pm: The statewide COVID-19 case count as of 2pm Friday March 27th is 8825, and 108 fatalities, according to the NJDOH, a loss of 27 residents over the past 24 hours, and an increase of 1,982 cases.

COVID-19 Cases by County
Data is provisional and subsequent to revision.

1,984 Positives Pending Further Information

Bergen County:

1,505 Positive Test Result(s)

Essex County:

826 Positive Test Result(s)

Monmouth County:

634 Positive Test Result(s)

Hudson County:

594 Positive Test Result(s)

Middlesex County:

505 Positive Test Result(s)

Union County:

432 Positive Test Result(s)

Passaic County:

399 Positive Test Result(s)

Ocean County:

389 Positive Test Result(s)

Morris County:

315 Positive Test Result(s)

Somerset County:

179 Positive Test Result(s)

Mercer County:

131 Positive Test Result(s)

Camden County:

95 Positive Test Result(s)

Burlington County:

88 Positive Test Result(s)

Hunterdon County:

52 Positive Test Result(s)

Sussex County:

49 Positive Test Result(s)

Gloucester County:

40 Positive Test Result(s)

Warren County:

31 Positive Test Result(s)

Atlantic County:

14 Positive Test Result(s)

Cumberland County:

9 Positive Test Result(s)

Cape May County:

7 Positive Test Result(s)

Salem County:

2 Positive Test Result(s)


3/27 1:54pm:  Watch Governor Murphy’s daily COVID-19 briefing at 2pm.


3/27 1:51pm: In Asbury Park, the city will shut down the boardwalk but allow access to the beach, according to the Asbury Park Press.


3/27 1:50pm: In Atlantic Highlands, the police chief tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Asbury Park Press.


3/27 1:44pm: In Paterson, police broke up a large gathering at Wrigley Field, according to Paterson Times.


3/27 1:41pm: In Ventnor, the town is prohibiting short-term rentals during the COVID-19 crisis, according to Downbeach.


3/27 1:39pm: In Lakewood, as COVID-19 cases soar, police broke up another wedding, according to ShoreNewsNetwork.


3/27 1:37pm: Assemblywoman Munoz is sewing face masks for healthcare workers, according to NJ Hills.


3/27 1:34pm: The Evesham PD is buying 400 pizzas for township families tonight, according to the Burlington County Times.


3/27 1:28pm: Gloucester County is offering mental health services for those overwhelmed with COVID-19 concerns.


3/27 12:51pm: Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblymembers DiMaso and Scharfenberger called on the Murphy Administration to implement certain changes to public health law to prevent healthcare workers from civil liability.


3/27 12:46pm: Senator Testa released a statement saying that COVID-19 lockdown enforcement shouldn’t be made at the expense of state residents’ rights, adding that ‘there is a thin line between good public policy and heavy-handed government control’.


3/27 12:41pm: Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano offered guidelines for visiting Ocean County’s COVID-19 testing site.


3/27 12:37pm: Senators Menendez and Booker and the state’s House delegation called on FEMA to establish a third federally-backed COVID-19 testing site in the state.


3/27 12:34pm: Bergen County Executive Tedesco announced that the screening process for COVID-19 symptomatic county first responders and healthcare professionals will begin tomorrow at 8am at a drive-thru testing site in Paramus.


3/27 12:27pm: Senator Booker renewed his call for a special healthcare enrollment period.


3/27 12:23pm: Atlantic County reported 3 new COVID-19 cases on Friday morning, bringing the total to 14.


3/27 10:23am: Union County encouraged residents to ‘explore their own backyards’ with nature and science themed activities.


3/27 10:20am: Hudson County will hold a press briefing at 11am to discuss the progress of the partnership between the county, Secaucus, and Hudson Regional Health.


3/27 10:11am:  Insider NJ columnist Bob Hennelly: Not since the American Revolution, when England’s King George the III punished us for acting in our own self-interest, has our “national leader” been so out of touch with our circumstance. This has given rise to what I call the Free Republic of Reality, led by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.


3/27 10:11am: The NJDCF launched a ‘Social Distancing Shouldn’t Mean Social Isolation’ campaign.


3/27 8:41am: Read the transcript of yesterday’s COVID-19 briefing.


3/27 8:34am: Gloucester County is seeking donations of PPE.


3/26 12:06am: Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 3/27/2020


3/26 11:49pm: Warren County reported a total of 36 COVID-19 cases yesterday, up from 29 COVID-19 cases the day before.


3/26 10:14pm: Hudson County reported a total of 441 COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths as of this evening, up from 260 COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths on Wednesday.


3/26 10:08pm: The Governor announced a new website for donating and reporting personal protective equipment.


3/26 10:03pm: Two Ocean County government workers tested positive, according to the Asbury Park Press.


3/26 10:00pm: In Edison, COVID-19 cases surged as the town reports 19 more cases, according to MyCentralJersey.


3/26 9:56pm: Sussex County reported 15 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total to 47 cases.


3/26 9:39pm: In Hoboken, Mayor Bhalla reported that the city had its highest one-day increase of COVID-19 cases, with 16 new cases, bringing the total to 56; among the positive individuals is a police officer.


3/26 9:30pm: Bergen County reported a total of 1206 COVID-19 cases and 20 fatalities, as of today.


3/26 8:45pm: Monmouth County reported a total of 506 COVID-19 cases as of today.


3/26: 8:24pm: Somerset County reported a total of 190 COVID-19 cases and 4 fatalities today, up from 139 COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths on Wednesday.


3/26 7:51pm: Prior to COVID-19, New Jersey Democrats got their kicks each morning trying to figure out new ways to humiliate the governor from their own party, plotting any number of audience laugh or outrage-inducing whoopee cushion and electric handshake antics at his expense even before their feet hit the deck. It will be interesting now to see if they will be able to do that to a guy who climbed off a hospital gurney with his sleeves rolled up to confront this deadly crisis.


3/26 7:16pm: Rep. Norcross sent a letter to AG Barr calling for more aggressive action to end price gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic.


3/26 7:09pm: Rep. Smith secured the shipment of 41M medical gloves for distribution to healthcare workers across the nation.


3/26 6:59pm: In Hoboken, Mayor Bhalla, Council President Giattino, and CarePoint officials made an urgent plea to the US Health and Human Services Department for medical resources to sustain Hoboken University Medical Center.


3/26 6:53pm: Ocean County will open a COVID-19 testing site for county residents on Monday.


3/26 6:43pm: Senator Gopal introduced legislation to increase penalties for selling fake medical supplies.


3/26 6:39pm: Salem County announced 2 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, bringing its total to 3.


3/26 6:21pm: Bergen County Executive Tedesco issued an executive order closing Ramapo Valley County Reservation, Campgaw Mountain Reservation and Darlington County Park to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.


3/26 6:16pm: Camden County reported 14 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, bringing its total to 84.


3/26 4:32pm: During his daily coronavirus briefings, Phil Murphy normally has stayed with the facts at hand and avoided over-the-top rhetoric. But today, the governor briefly veered from that playbook when he said, “there’s a special place in hell” for those who use the pandemic to lash out at ethnic and religious groups.


3/26 4:20pm: Ocean County reported a total of 468 COVID-19 cases as of yesterday, with Lakewood the highest municipality with a case count of 198.


3/26 4:12pm: The NJ Department of Human Services announced $70M in food assistance for vulnerable families.


3/26 4:05pm: Burlington County reported 8 new COVID-19 cases this afternoon, bringing the total to 67 cases.


3/26 3:52pm: Senator Pennaccio called on Governor Murphy to add gun stores to the list of essential businesses and to ‘honor the US Constitution and 2nd Amendment rights’.


3/26 3:33pm: In Trenton, Mayor Gusciora launched the Small Business Fiscal Relief Program to help businesses impacted by COVID-19 economic hardship.


3/26 3:09pm: Camden County launched a portal connecting residents with volunteer opportunities.


3/26 3:06pm: In Paterson, Mayor Sayegh reported two COVID-19 fatalities, bringing the city’s total to 4; according to Passaic County, Paterson has 67 cases total.


3/26 2:57pm:  As of 2pm Thursday March 26th, the state’s COVID-19 case count is 6,876 and 81 fatalities.

COVID-19 Cases by County
Data is provisional and subsequent to revision.

1478 Positives Pending Further Information

Bergen County:

1206 Positive Test Result(s)

Essex County:

609 Positive Test Result(s)

Middlesex County:

505 Positive Test Result(s)

Monmouth County:

501 Positive Test Result(s)

Hudson County:

441 Positive Test Result(s)

Union County:

432 Positive Test Result(s)

Passaic County:

399 Positive Test Result(s)

Ocean County:

389 Positive Test Result(s)

Morris County:

315 Positive Test Result(s)

Somerset County:

179 Positive Test Result(s)

Mercer County:

111 Positive Test Result(s)

Camden County:

73 Positive Test Result(s)

Burlington County:

64 Positive Test Result(s)

Sussex County:

49 Positive Test Result(s)

Hunterdon County:

39 Positive Test Result(s)

Gloucester County:

33 Positive Test Result(s)

Warren County:

31 Positive Test Result(s)

Atlantic County:

10 Positive Test Result(s)

Cape May County:

6 Positive Test Result(s)

Cumberland County:

4 Positive Test Result(s)

Salem County:

2 Positive Test Result(s)


3/26 2:28pm: Passaic County reports a total of 265 COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths as of Wednesday.  As of today, the NJDOH cites 399 cases.


3/26 2:21pm: In Newark, Mayor Baraka launched a grant program to help the city’s small businesses. Yesterday, Baraka dedicated $6M for targeted COVID-19 intervention. Earlier in the week, the mayor announced an all-city quarantine, advising residents to stay at home and only come out if its an emergency. The move comes after Baraka stepped up restrictions in the city with stronger measures, and implored residents to stay in place with the 8pm mandatory curfew.


3/26 2:10pm: The Governor aid he doesn’t intend to revisit schools re-openings before April 17th.


3/26 2:03pm: In the deadliest day so far in New Jersey, the state’s COVID-19 case count climbed to 6,876 (an increase of over 2400 in 24 hours) with 81 fatalities in total (climbing by 19 in 24 hours). “Everyone please, please, please continue to follow our stay at home directive,” Murphy said. “Don’t think because you feel fine after a few days that it’s ok to resume your previous normal life style. It is not.”


3/26 2:00pm: In Woodbridge, the LD19 legislators applauded the heroic efforts and coordination of the transport of all 94 residents of St. Joseph’s Senior Home to a facility in Whippany; all of the residents are presumed positive for COVID-19.


3/26 1:56pm: In Jersey City, the city is launching two COVID-19 testing sites for city residents; officials will announce the openings tomorrow morning.


3/26 1:52pm: Watch Governor Murphy’s daily COVID-19 briefing at 2pm.


3/26 1:43pm: InsiderNJ Editorial: The Political Aftermath of the Crisis (Whenever that Comes)


3/26 1:43pm: Senator Pennacchio appealed to the medical community to assist local hospitals.


3/26 12:26pm: Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblymembers DiMaso and Scharfenberger said releasing criminals from jail due to COVID-19 should be the ‘absolute last resort‘ and ‘simple lunacy’.


3/26 12:02pm: National unemployment claims rose to almost 3.3M over the past week.


3/26 11:53am: The NJEDA announced several new initiatives to support businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


3/26 11:35am: Atlantic County reported 2 new COVID-19 cases this morning, bringing the total to 11.


3/26 11:29am: Read the transcript of yesterday’s COVID-19 briefing.


3/26 11:22am: Senator Doherty called on Governor Murphy to add gun stores to the list of essential businesses.


3/26 11:16am: The Governor formally announced that the state has received a major disaster declaration from the federal government.


3/26 11:15am: Gloucester County reported 7 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday morning, bringing the total to 33.


3/26 9:45am: FEMA declared NJ a major disaster area on Wednesday.


3/26 9:38am: Governor Murphy signed legislation to expand the state’s paid family leave and disability benefits programs.


3/26 9:10am: As expected, the number of unemployment applications in New Jersey has surged to a record number amid the COVID-19 pandemic at 155,815 new applications.


3/26 9:04am: Hudson County reports 260 COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths as of Wednesday evening.


3/26 8:55am: Camden County freeholders will hold their second virtual town hall this afternoon.


3/26 8:51am: Senator Booker led the state’s congressional delegation in sending a letter urging the Postmaster General to do more to protect the safety of letter carriers, as 40 USPS workers have tested positive for COVID-19.


3/26 12:01am: Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing for March 26th, 2020.


3/25 10:07pm: In Woodbridge, all 94 patients of St. Joseph’s nursing home are presumed positive for COVID-19, and are being relocated to Whippany, according to MyCentralJersey.


3/25 10:04pm: Cape May County reported three COVID-19 cases today, for a total of nine in the county.


3/25 9:56pm: Warren County reported a total of 29 COVID-19 cases and 2 recovered cases as of today.


3/25 9:45pm: In River Edge, a police officer tested negative for COVID-19 after a suspect coughed on him, according to the Bergen Record.


3/25 9:43pm: Police chiefs in some towns are asking quarantined residents to display signs on their doors, according to the Bergen Record.


3/25 9:38pm: Senate President Sweeney says the state ‘got a bad deal‘ from the COVID-19 stimulus package, according to NJ.com.


3/25 9:33pm: Atlantic Health’s CEO expects the COVID-19 inpatient intake to double every three days, according to Politico NJ.


3/25 8:58pm: Somerset County reported a total of 139 COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths as of today.


3/25 8:53pm: The Cape May County Bridge Commission has instituted cashless tolling as of tomorrow morning.


3/25 8:48pm: Bergen County reported 857 COVID-19 cases, including 15 deaths, as of this evening.


3/25 8:34pm: In Hoboken, Mayor Bhalla reported 11 new COVID-19 cases in the city, bringing the total to 40.


3/25: 8:06pm: Newark Mayor Baraka announced an all-city quarantine, advising residents to stay at home and only come out if its an emergency. The move comes after Baraka stepped up restrictions in the city with stronger measures, and implored residents to stay in place with the 8pm mandatory curfew.


3/25 7:42pm: Sussex County reported 10 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total reported to 32.


3/25 7:27pm: Cumberland County announced the county’s first COVID-19 fatality; the county has 3 confirmed cases as of today.


3/25 7:07pm: Make The Road NJ spearheaded a letter to county officials signed by over 1,000 individuals urging the release of ICE detainees amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


3/25 6:55pm: In Trenton, the city will open a COVID-19 testing site for first responders.


3/25 6:54pm: Senator Booker introduced legislation to allow supervised release of prisoners at-risk for COVID-19.


3/25 6:30pm: Here’s what happened under the Gold Dome today.


3/25 6:19pm: Insider NJ columnist Jay Lassiter writes ‘Murphy’s Presser: the Courage to Face COVID-19, while Tiptoeing around Trump’s Ego


3/25 6:07pm: As the Assembly held its first-ever electronic voting session, Assembly Minority Leader blasted ‘those of you out there who continue to snipe on social media’, saying ‘just stop it, and do something positive for mankind’. He commended both sides of aisle in the Assembly for passing COVID-19 related bills.


3/25 6:03pm: AG Grewal renewed his warning that those who violate the Governor’s executive order  will face criminal charges.


3/25 5:59pm: Ocean County reported a total of 321 COVID-19 cases as of yesterday evening; Lakewood has the highest count, with 141 cases.


3/25 5:53pm: Bergen County donated PPE equipment to six hospitals; earlier today, the county announced it will begin to accept donations of PPE at the county annex building in Paramus.


3/25 5:46pm: Camden County reported 11 new COVID-19 cases, and a total of 70 cases as of today, late afternoon. The county will hold a virtual town hall tomorrow afternoon with Rep. Norcross.


3/25 5:41pm: Governor Murphy signed an executive order requiring child care centers to close on April 1st, unless they certify that they will exclusively care for children of essential employees.


3/25 5:40pm: According to CNN, world-celebrated chef Floyd Cardoz died of COVID-19 in NJ.


3/25 5:39pm: For the second time in the last three days, Murphy was asked why gun shops are considered non-essential business, meaning they must close.


3/25 4:07pm: Burlington County reported 10 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, and three deaths (all in Mount Laurel), bringing the total to 59 cases.


3/25 3:57pm: CD2 Rep. Van Drew announced his support for the $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package.


3/25 3:56pm: The U.S. Department of Education affirmed state and district obligations to provide special education during school closures


3/25 3:31pm: Senate President Sweeney’s paid family leave expansion initiative for those impacted by COVID-19 passed the Assembly and is headed to the Governor.


3/25 3:21pm: Governor Murphy said ‘we just don’t see it’, in terms of opening the state back up in the very near future, said Murphy.  We break the back of the virus first, then we begin to open up society and the economy.  ‘We only throw gasoline on the fire’ if we do the inverse, he said.  ‘There’s no price too high to save one precious life in this state’.


3/25 3:13pm: In Newark, Mayor Baraka dedicated $6M for targeted COVID-19 intervention.


3/25 3:12pm: Atlantic County reported its ninth COVID-19 case yesterday afternoon.


3/25 3:01pm: Monmouth County officials announced a major donation drop off site for desperately needed supplies.


3/25 2:57pm: Senator Menendez highlighted key components of the COVID-19 combat package.


3/25 2:54pm: 

As of 2pm on Wednesday March 25th, the NJDOH cites 4402 statewide COVID-19 cases, and 62 fatalities in total.

COVID-19 Cases by County
Data is provisional and subsequent to revision.

933 Positives Pending Further Information

Bergen County:

819 Positive Test Result(s)

Essex County:

381 Positive Test Result(s)

Middlesex County:

316 Positive Test Result(s)

Monmouth County:

313 Positive Test Result(s)

Union County:

262 Positive Test Result(s)

Hudson County:

260 Positive Test Result(s)

Passaic County:

255 Positive Test Result(s)

Morris County:

223 Positive Test Result(s)

Ocean County:

222 Positive Test Result(s)

Somerset County:

117 Positive Test Result(s)

Mercer County:

82 Positive Test Result(s)

Camden County:

61 Positive Test Result(s)

Burlington County:

48 Positive Test Result(s)

Sussex County:

27 Positive Test Result(s)

Hunterdon County:

25 Positive Test Result(s)

Gloucester County:

23 Positive Test Result(s)

Warren County:

18 Positive Test Result(s)

Atlantic County:

9 Positive Test Result(s)

Cape May County:

4 Positive Test Result(s)

Cumberland County:

3 Positive Test Result(s)

Salem County:

1 Positive Test Result(s)


3/25 2:37pm: Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblymembers DiMaso and Scharfenberger called on the Governor to add gun stores to the essential businesses list.


3/25 2:18pm: The Governor said he signed an executive order closing childcare centers up through grade 8 for all but essential workers only, effective April 1 – an issue worked on the legislative end by state Senator Joe Vitale (D-19) and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-19), who lost her brother, the governor said, for reasons unrelated to COVID-19.


3/25 2:15pm: Bergen County will begin to accept donations of PPE at the county annex building in Paramus.


3/25 2:09pm: Beginning his daily briefing, Governor Murphy announced 18 deaths in the past 24-hours, the highest one-day increase so far.  62 fatalities in total.  As of this afternoon, the NJDOH cites 4402 cases statewide and 10,452 negative test results from the state lab.


3/25 1:51pm: Watch Governor Murphy’s daily COVID-19 briefing at 2pm.


3/25 1:51pm: As her staff works remotele, Senate Majority Leader Weinberg praised Governor Murphy’s COVID-19 response so far, saying he’s done a ‘terrific job’.


3/25 1:35pm: Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle penned an op-ed on protecting seniors during the COVID-19 crisis.


3/25 1:29pm: CD5 GOP primary candidate Mike Ghassali sidelined his campaign, saying his job as Montvale Mayor takes precedent.


3/25 1:14pm: At the center of New Jersey’s COVID-19 disaster, Teaneck suffers the slow response time by government to respond with critical masks and gowns for besieged front line healthcare workers, according to Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin.


3/25 12:49pm: Senator Testa called on Governor Murphy to add gun stores to the list of essential businesses allowed to remain open during the shutdown.


3/25 12:49pm: IUPAT says construction workers are being left behind in Congress’ relief bills.


3/25 12:40pm: Medical marijuana alternative treatment centers formed a working group to achieve mutual policy goals amid the COVID-19 crisis.


3/25 12:40pm: Camden County released information on how to report the operation on non-essential businesses in violation of the Governor’s executive order.


3/25 12:35pm: Governor Murphy says he’d like to see President Trump’s wish for a the country to be ‘open’ by Easter, but says the ‘data does not show that‘. And if regulations are loosened, the virus ‘will worsen‘, according to the Governor.


3/25 11:44am: ELEC’s Jeffrey Brindle writes that the election law enforcement agency continues to operate, albeit remotely.


3/25 11:34am: Read the transcript from yesterday’s COVID-19 daily briefing.


3/25 11:29am: Senator Pennacchio doubled-down on his call to explore hydroxychloroquine as a potential COVID-19 treatment, citing the UK’s export ban, and India’s recent ban of its exportation and recommendation that healthcare workers take the drug as a preventative measure.


3/25 11:21am: The NJDOL released a resource list for financial assistance for businesses and employees impacted by COVID-19.


3/25 11:16am: The Assembly will hold a voting session today on COVID-19 related bills.


3/25 11:07am: Hudson County is seeking volunteers for its COVID-19 drive-through testing site at Hudson Regional Health.


3/25 10:56am: Gloucester County reported an additional seven COVID-19 cases this morning, bringing the total to 26.


3/25 10:56am: Atlantic County reported its seventh COVID-19 case this morning.


3/25 10:47am: The NJ Turnpike Authority has suspended cash toll collections on the Turnpike and Parkway – don’t worry, though, you’ll be billed by mail.


3/25 10:41am: Monmouth County Sheriff Golden slammed the state’s inmate-release order, calling it ‘absurd’ and pointing out that Monmouth Jail has no positive COVID-19 cases, according to MoreMonmouthMusings.


3/25 10:33am: Hunterdon County released a municipal breakdown of 26 COVID-19 cases as of Monday night.


3/25 10:18am: The White House and the Senate have reached a historic $2 trillion agreement for an economic stimulus package to stem the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, according to the Hill.  ‘At last, we have a deal’, said Senate Majority Leader McConnell.


3/25 10:03am: Rep. Pascrell penned an op-ed in the Star-Ledger, writing ‘we need a wartime president, not an incompetent TV personality’.


3/25 10:04am: Jersey City Mayor Fulop says the city will take a $70M budget slam due to COVID-19.


3/25 10:04am: Essex County is opening a drive-through testing site in  Weequahic Park tomorrow.


3/25 9:27am: Union County has opened the first county-run drive-through testing site at Kean University (a prescription is needed).


3/25 12:12am: Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing for March 25th, 2020.


3/24 11:56pm: Bergen County reported 685 COVID-19 cases impacting 66 municipalities and offered a municipal breakdown of cases earlier this evening.


3/24 10:37pm: Layoff notices were sent to Camden firefighters, due to the loss of federal grant money, causing worry and tension during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Courier Post.


3/24 10:30pm: Trenton Mayor Gusciora has tested negative for COVID-19, according to the Trentonian.


3/24 10:29pm: In Hamilton (Mercer), Mayor Martin proposed pay cuts for township employees and property tax increases amid the COVID-19 outbreak, saying ‘it sucks’, according to the Trentonian.


3/24 10:26pm: In Bayonne, Mayor Davis reported a total of 8 COVID-19 cases in total as of today.


3/24 10:10pm: Morris County announced the release of 28 inmates from the county jail. The county reports a total of 204 COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths, according to the Daily Record.


3/24 9:52pm: Governor Murphy added additions to the essential business list: cell phone shops, bike shops (for repair and service), livestock feed stores, nurseries and gardens, and farming equipment stores.


3/24 9:03pm: In Hoboken, Mayor reported four new COVID-19 cases in the city, bringing the total to 29.


3/24 8:53pm: Passaic County reported a total of 173 COVID-19 cases, and 3 fatalities, as of today.


3/24 8:48pm: Monmouth County released a municipal breakdown of 307 COVID-19 cases as of yesterday; Marlboro has the highest count, with 29 cases.


3/24 8:40pm: Sussex County reported 7 additional COVID-19 cases as of this morning.


3/24 8:32pm: Matt Hale: Relatively soon, we will have to face some very real and very major economic pain. Many of us are already there.  But It is coming and coming fast for everyone.  It is coming not instead of the public health concerns, but on top of them.


3/24 8:29pm: Cape May County reported an additional COVID-19 case yesterday


3/24 6:40pm: Rep. Gottheimer is under self-quarantine after appearing at a press conference with Holy Name CEP Maron, who tested positive for COVID-19; the press conference is the same one attended by Bergen Exec Tedesco, also under self-quarantine.


3/24 6:40pm: In Paterson, the city is closing parks amid social distancing concerns.


3/24 6:36pm: The AG’s office charged a man with allegedly coughing on a Wegman’s employee and saying he had coronvirus; among the charges are terroristic threats and harassment.


3/24 4:44pm: Senate President Sweeney says the state should allow auto dealers who maintain social distancing to conduct sales and other operations through remote practices.


3/24 4:39pm: Rep. Andy Kim has tested negative for COVID-19 following self-quarantine after contact with Rep. Diaz-Balart, the first lawmaker to test positive for the virus.


3/24 4:13pm: Burlington County reported an additional ten COVID-19 cases yesterday, bringing its total to 49.


3/24 4:10pm: Ocean County reported 200 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday afternoon


3/24 4:05pm: Camden County announced 18 additional COVID-19 cases and 1 fatality on Tuesday, reporting a total of 59 cases.


3/24 3:59pm: Essex County Democrats postponed their county committee elections until next year.


3/24 3:58pm: Sheriff Cureton confirmed a positive COVID-19 case among the county jail population, a 31-year old Mexican national in ICE custody.


3/24 3:54: Bergen County Executive Tedesco announced that the county is working on setting up a county-controlled test site in the coming days.


3/24 3:43pm: As of 2pm on Tuesday March 24th, the NJDOH cites 3675 COVID-19 cases statewide, with 44 deaths, 428 negative test results from the state lab, and 45 persons under investigation at the state lab.

COVID-19 Cases by County
Data is provisional and subsequent to revision.

645 Positives Pending Further Information

Bergen County:

701 Positive Test Result(s)

Essex County:

342 Positive Test Result(s)

Monmouth County:

288 Positive Test Result(s)

Middlesex County:

277 Positive Test Result(s)

Union County:

246 Positive Test Result(s)

Hudson County:

234 Positive Test Result(s)

Passaic County:

216 Positive Test Result(s)

Morris County:

204 Positive Test Result(s)

Ocean County:

180 Positive Test Result(s)

Somerset County:

102 Positive Test Result(s)

Mercer County:

58 Positive Test Result(s)

Camden County:

51 Positive Test Result(s)

Burlington County:

42 Positive Test Result(s)

Hunterdon County:

25 Positive Test Result(s)

Gloucester County:

19 Positive Test Result(s)

Sussex County:

18 Positive Test Result(s)

Warren County:

15 Positive Test Result(s)

Atlantic County:

6 Positive Test Result(s)

Cape May County:

3 Positive Test Result(s)

Cumberland County:

2 Positive Test Result(s)

Salem County:

1 Positive Test Result(s)


3/24 3:35pm: Responding to Newark’s stepped-up restrictions, Murphy said that the state’s executive order supersedes all others; most of Newark’s restrictions are consistent with that: ‘we think folks should be staying home, and he agrees that’.  It’s largely the same thing, the Governor said, while praising Baraka as among the great mayors in the state, if not the nation.


3/24 3:33pm: ‘Folks should expect that schools will be closed’ for a significant amount of time, but that graduation requirements won’t be impacted for any student. ‘We’re not going to prevent’ any student from graduating because of the restrictions and shutdowns the state has been putting into effect, Murphy said.


3/24 3:18pm: Bergen County Executive Tedesco is under self-quarantine after contact with an infected individual; he is said to be doing well and maintaining his work schedule at an undisclosed location.


3/24 3:07pm: Senator Pennacchio was interviewed by Dom Giordano on his support for exploring hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for COVID-19.


3/24 2:54pm: Stockton University will hold a virtual commencement ceremony, and a traditional one in the fall.


3/24 2:31pm: In Manalapan, a skirmish ensued at a local Wegman’s when a man coughed on the woman and said he had the coronavirus, then refused to cooperate with police, Murphy said at the briefing.  The man faces charges.


3/24 2:44pm: The state launched a jobs portal to connect out-of-work residents with opportunities.


3/24 2:28pm: As the state absorbed 17 COVID-19 fatalities in 24 hours, Governor Murphy says ‘we will see numbers go into the many thousands’.  He also announced standardized testing in April has been canceled.


3/24 2:14pm: The NJDOH reports 3675 cases statewide and 44 deaths as of 1:30pm this afternoon.


3/24 2:12pm: The Governor’s daily briefing has started.


3/24 2:03pm: Senator Bucco called on Governor Murphy to sign legislation extending the state’s tax filing deadline to June 30th.


3/24 2:00pm: The Good Government Coalition of NJ blasted Democratic county committee election cancellations, calling it ‘a precedent and a slippery slope no one wants to go down’.


3/24 1:51pm: Watch Governor Murphy’s daily COVID-19 briefing at 2pm.


3/24 1:31pm: Immigrant advocates called on Governor Murphy to release ICE detainees and reduce jail populations.


3/24 1:25pm: Senators Menendez and Booker urged the federal government to protect domestic violence victims and survivors during the COVID-19 crisis.


3/24 1:17pm: Running in two battlegrounds, GOP candidates Tom Kean and Rosemary Becchi fired off statements blasting Senate Democrats for holding up COVID-19 stimulus funding.


3/24 12:54pm: The NJ Securities Bureau is taking steps to facilitate social distancing among financial professionals.


3/24 12:53pm: Several mayors warned commercial building owners not to lay off or cut benefits to workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis.


3/24 12:52pm: Senator Booker urged USDOE Secretary DeVos to give underresourced colleges and universities flexibility to use designated federal funding as a part of their COVID-19 response.


3/24 12:25pm: In Atlantic City, Senator Rice says he’s concerned about ‘opportunists swooping in’ on the city’s upcoming change of government referendum and requested the AG’s Office investigate casino owners and order the AC Board of Elections to impound and seal early VBMs in light of date change from March 31st to May 12th.


3/24 12:09pm: The NJDOH announced waivers for medical marijuana alternative treatment centers and caregivers.


3/24 12:04pm: According to the Daily Beast, New York Gov. Cuomo sounded a dire alarm today, saying COVID-19 cases in the state are increasing exponentially and options for flattening the curve have been exhausted.


3/24 12pm: Cooper University Health Care’s Foundation established a COVID-19 assistance fund to help health care workers.


3/24 11:56am: An Essex County Corrections superior officer tested positive for COVID-19.


3/24 11:56am: Rep. Sherrill urged President Trump to make aggressive use of the Defense Production Act.


3/24 11:26am: The Assembly will hold an electronic voting session tomorrow (here’s the board list).


3/24 11:04am: Camden County Freeholder Director Cappelli warned retail stores against operating self-serve beverages and food in defiance of the county’s emergency order. He urged residents to continue supporting local restaurants through take-out and delivery.


3/24 11:03am: Hunterdon County Freeholder Director Van Doren directed the OEM to give the highest status to the county’s request for 5k COVID-19 testing kits.


3/24 10:42am: Rep. Smith requested the State Department expand their efforts to bring home Americans abroad in Peru.


3/24 10:56am: Gloucester County announced six COVID-19 cases this morning, bringing the total to 19.


3/24 10:40am: Senator Menendez and the state’s congressional delegation urged the federal government for a major disaster declaration for the state due to COVID-19.


3/24 10:39am: Assemblyman Peters called on Governor Murphy and Treasurer Muoio to extend the state tax filing deadline.


3/24 9:35am: Piscataway Mayor Wahler called on the state’s congressional delegation to lower the 500k population threshold in the House’s COVID-19 assistance package.


3/24 9:10am: Read the transcript of yesterday’s COVID_19 briefing.


3/24 8:43am: New Jersey is the nations 5th most aggressive state in fighting COVID-19, according to a WalletHub study.


3/24 8:39am: Jersey City has 85 COVID-19 cases, according to a morning email sent by Mayor Fulop.


3/24 8:32am: First Lady Tammy Murphy has launched the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.


3/24 8:29am: Bergen County reports 600 COVID-19 cases impacting 65 municipalities as of Monday evening.


3/24 8:29am: Mikie Sherrill was coming through loud and clear over the phone. Welcome to the reality of politics during a pandemic.


3/24 12:16am: Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing 3/24/2020.


3/23 10:18pm: Morris County’s Freeholder Board will hold a call-in meeting on Wednesday.


3/23 10:03pm: Cape May County reported an two additional COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total in the county to 5 cases.


3/23 9:37pm: Monmouth County reported 207 cases total as of today (NJDOH cites 238); Freehold Township has the highest count among the municipalities, with 28.


3/23 9:37pm: Sussex County announced no new cases; the county has 15 cases total.


3/23 7:29pm: In Hoboken, Mayor Bhalla reported that the city has 25 positive COVID-19 cases as of today.


3/23 7:21pm: Where Goes Italy, So Goes The West? Forewarned is forearmed. It can’t be said enough, from either side of the Atlantic: stay at home. Flatten the curve. Wash your hands. Keep away from people.


3/23 6:59pm: The NJ Treasury is freezing nearly a billion dollars in spending amid mounting fiscal uncertainty due to COVID-19 crisis.


3/23 6:59pm: Rep. Gottheimer called for speedy FDA action on an experimental COVID-19 treatment by Gilead Sciences.


3/23 5:28pm: Passaic County will open a drive-through screening site for COVID-19 on Wednesday.


3/23 5:09pm: AG Grewal and NJDOH Commissioner Persichilli announced guidance for healthcare providers on safely evaluating patients for coronavirus.


3/23 4:58pm: Ocean County reported a total of 146 COVID-19 cases as of Monday afternoon.


3/23 4:17pm: Mercer County Executive Hughes offered an update on the county’s COVID-19 response efforts, the county has 50 cases as of this afternoon according to the NJDOH.


3/23 4:05pm: Burlington County announced thirteen new COVID-19 cases on Monday afternoon, bringing the total to 39.


3/23 3:47pm: In Jersey City, the council will hold its first virtual meeting on Wednesday.


3/23 3:15pm:  Citizens have the right to own a firearm in the United States, so why are gun shops closed? Or in other words, why aren’t they considered an essential service? That would make them exempt from the governor’s coronavirus-related edict shutting all but essential businesses in New Jersey. Phil Murphy was asked about that at Monday’s briefing.


3/23 2:21pm: A Monmouth University poll finds 50% of Americans approve of President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis and 45% disapprove, while state governors collectively garner 72% approve to 18% disapprove.


3/23 2:01pm: The statewide COVID-19 case count is 2844, with 27 fatalities, 359 negative test results, and 94 persons under investigation by the state lab, according to the NJDOH as of 2pm on Monday, March 23rd.

COVID-19 Cases by County
Data is provisional and subsequent to revision.

419 Positives Pending Further Information

Bergen County:

609 Positive Test Result(s)

Essex County:

273 Positive Test Result(s)

Monmouth County:

238 Positive Test Result(s)

Middlesex County:

210 Positive Test Result(s)

Hudson County:

190 Positive Test Result(s)

Union County:

189 Positive Test Result(s)

Morris County:

177 Positive Test Result(s)

Ocean County:

144 Positive Test Result(s)

Passaic County:

141 Positive Test Result(s)

Somerset County:

67 Positive Test Result(s)

Mercer County:

50 Positive Test Result(s)

Burlington County:

36 Positive Test Result(s)

Camden County:

33 Positive Test Result(s)

Hunterdon County:

18 Positive Test Result(s)

Sussex County:

15 Positive Test Result(s)

Gloucester County:

13 Positive Test Result(s)

Warren County:

12 Positive Test Result(s)

Atlantic County:

6 Positive Test Result(s)

Cape May County:

2 Positive Test Result(s)

Cumberland County:

1 Positive Test Result(s)

Salem County:

1 Positive Test Result(s)


3/23 1:44pm: Camden County announced its first COVID-19 fatality and 16 new cases on Monday afternoon.


3/23 1:33pm: Assemblyman Bergen called for swift state action to help businesses stay afloat and families maintain their incomes.


3/23 1:29pm: The Governor suspended all elective surgeries and invasive procedures to preserve hospital supplies and capacity and has directed all commercial laboratories to report COVID-19 test results directly to the NJDOH.


3/23 1:10pm: The Governor says schools are likely to be closed longer than not.


3/23 1:08pm: Warren County will hold a telephone meeting instead of a physical one on Wednesday.


3/23 1:08pm: Senator Pennacchio released a list of doctors who support exploring chloroquine as a potential treatment for COVID-19.


3/23 12:59pm: The Governor is taking a hard line on his stay-at-home order, saying there’s been ‘too much business as usual’; AG Grewal says clear-cut cases will be subject to enforcement.  Murphy says ‘for the most part, they get it’ but stores have to ‘aggressively manage’ how many people are in buildings and how close they are at any given time. ‘Let this be a warning. …Shut down your non-essential businesses’, Grewal said.


3/23 12:51pm: The Governor says there’s a ‘special place in hell’ for those who take advantage of the COVID-19 crisis, mentioning price gouging or an excuse to pursue racist or bullying behavior.


3/23 12:51pm: Gloucester County announced an additional five COVID-19 cases on Monday afternoon, bringing the total to 13.


3/23 12:38pm: With 935 additional cases as of yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 2844, Governor Murphy says this ‘this increase is not a surprise‘ with increased testing and said he’s spoken to President Trump, who offered his support for four pop-up hospitals. Like Bergen, Monmouth, and Union, Hudson County will offer a drive-thru test site in Secaucus. “You win wars like WWII not because you panic, but because you shoot straight and you have courage,” said the governor. “If we do all our parts, we will come through this and be stronger than ever before.”


3/23 12:17pm: The statewide COVD case count is 2844, with 27 fatalities, 359 negative test results, and 94 persons under investigation by the state lab, according to the NJDOH as of 11:30am this morning. Of the fatalities, five were males. Two females. Their age ranges were between 57 and 91. Two of the individuals had pre-exisisting conditions, said state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.


3/23 12pm: Watch Governor Murphy and state officials hold their daily COVID-19 briefing at 12pm (Monday, March 23rd).


3/23 12pm: Camden County Freeholder Director Cappelli will give a virtual update to the public on COVID-19 at 1:30pm.


3/23 11:40am: Read the transcript of Sunday’s daily briefing on COVID-19.


3/23 11:40am: Essex County announced an update on government building visitation procedures.


3/23 11:31am: Rep. Kim led the state’s congressional delegation in calling on congressional leadership to prioritize community disaster relief funds.


3/23 11:30am: NFIB released data on the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses.


3/23 11:30am: The Association of Social Workers-NJ are providing free resources and support to communities during the COVID-19 crisis.


3/23 11:29am: Ocean County announced that its animal shelter facilities are in good shape despite the COVID-19 outbreak.


3/23 10:18am: In Hamilton Township (Mercer), the township reported its sixth COVID-19 case on Monday morning, and its first COVID-19 related fatality on Saturday. Last Thursday, the township offered an update of its first two confirmed positive cases of coronavirus, noting that both individuals are self-isolating and recovering well.


3/23 10:13am: The DCA, BPU, and DEP called on water providers to suspend water shutoffs during the COVID-19 crisis.


3/23 10:13am: Reps. Gottheimer and Sherrill led the state’s congressional delegation in calling for cost-of-living adjustments to COVID-19 stimulus funds.


3/23 9:52am: Rep. Gottheimer led the state’s congressional delegation in requesting federal support for NJ’s first responders combating COVID-19.


3/23 9:45am: The ACLU hailed a NJ Supreme Court order allowing the temporary release of county jail inmates during the COVID-19 crisis, affecting up to 1,000 inmates.


3/23 9:43am:  From Insider NJ’s MIB: Governor Murphy and state officials held the daily COVID-19 briefing on Saturday, at which the Governor signed an executive order directing the state’s 9M residents to stay home and closing all non-essential businesses. With the statewide COVID-19 count at 1327 with 16 fatalities at the time of the announcement – 1914 cases and 20 fatalities as of yesterday – Murphy said ‘we’ll come through this stronger than ever before’. Those who violate the executive order are liable to receive a disorderly persons offense. All retail businesses were ordered to close as of 9pm Saturday, with certain essential businesses remaining open, such as grocery stores, pet stores, gas stations, convenience stores, and health centers. ‘We will save many lives‘, reasoned the Governor, who told reported he himself hasn’t been tested for the virus: ‘I have no symptoms‘. On conference call with reporters yesterday, Murphy said the state desperately needs federal assistance, and that the increased testing will help ‘crack the back of this virus’. Reacting to reports of anti-Asian American bigotry, Murphy said ‘let’s stay compassionate‘ to one another. Doubling-down on his Saturday executive order, Murphy urged residents to stay home, adding ‘we will take action‘ to enforce the order. Friday’s daily COVID-19 briefing was held at the new testing site in Bergen County, where the Governor announced a partnership with the private sector to increase the COVID-19 testing capacity in the state.

The Governor’s Saturday order is a continued strengthening of the measures he’s taken to combat COVID-19 over the past week. Calling it the ‘new normal‘, Murphy had ordered the closure of personal care businesses and the mandatory closure of all indoor retail shopping centers, earlier this week, while repeatedly urging residents to practice social distancing and remain home.

The state launched a COVID-19 website following the Governor’s new executive order.

The regional coalition of NY, NJ, CT, and PA urged the federal government to provide immediate direct cash assistance of at least $100B to help cover COVID-19 response costs.

Several state departments will expand access to tele-health and tele-mental health services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Governor Murphy announced that a COVID-19 testing site will open today at PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, and will be open daily at 8am.

The NJDOH announced that fees will be waived for COVID-19 testing for the uninsured.

Salem County announced its first coronavirus case on Saturday; every county in the state now has confirmed COVID cases.

Bergen County Executive Tedesco released a municipal breakdown of the 363 COVID-19 cases in the county as of Saturday; as of Sunday, the county has 547 cases. The county’s testing site reached capacity early on Sunday, and will reopen this morning at 8am.

Burlington County announced five coronavirus cases on Friday and another five cases on Saturday, bringing the total to nineteen cases.

Camden County announced an additional five coronavirus cases on Sunday, an additional five coronavirus cases on Saturday, an additional COVID-19 case Friday afternoon and an additional four cases in the evening, bringing its total as of yesterday to 24. Freeholder Director Cappelli told residents to ‘just stay home‘. He also urged residents to consider donating blood to the Red Cross. Camden County The county is taking steps to connect those in need of mental health and addiction services during the crisis. On Friday, Freeholder Director Cappelli said the county is working towards a testing site at CCC, but the PPE and testing kit shortage is inhibiting the abilities to get the site operational. The Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center will operate on limited hours and services starting today. Earlier this week, the freeholder board amended their state of emergency declaration.

Atlantic County announced the county government is continuing to operate to meet the needs of residents; there are 5 COVID-19 cases in the county as of Sunday.

Cape May County announced its third presumptive positive case of COVID-19 on Sunday, and its second presumptive positive case on Friday; earlier this week, the county reported the first positive case from an out-of-town visitor. The county has reduced staffing and closures across various departments.

Goucester County announced an additional COVID-19 case on Saturday, bringing the total case count to 6.

Union County will open a testing site at Kean University today, by appointment only.

Ocean County announced an additional 44 coronavirus cases on Saturday, and on Sunday reported a total of 108 coronavirus cases, along with a municipal breakdown of the cases.

Monmouth County reported a total of 156 coroanvirus cases on Sunday, along with a municipal breakdown, up from 98 coronavirus cases on Saturday, and up from 55 presumptive positive cases, as of Friday. The county signed an emergency declaration on Thursday. County Clerk Hanlon advised of election changes per Governor Murphy’s executive order.

Mercer Executive Hughes offered an update on the county’s COVID-19 response efforts, and warned against scams related to COVID-19.

Somerset County is exploring its options for a COVID-19 testing site, according to NJ Hills.

Warren County urged residents to take social distancing measures and has asked for donations of protective supplies; the county has three COVID-19 cases of yesterday afternoon.

Sussex County reported an additional three COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 12. The Freeholder Board held a ‘socially distant‘ special meeting, according to NJ Herald.

The NJ Department of Banking and Insurance is encouraging regulated entities to assist businesses and residents affected by disruptions.

The Civil Service Commission updated COVID-19 FAQs for state employees.

Senators Booker and Menendez pressed Amazon on workplace safety conditions following reports of hazardous conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senator Booker introduced legislation to temporarily ban overdraft fees, called for urgent action to address the dire PPE shortage, and urged Senate leaders to include child care subsidies in a stimulus package.

Senator Menendez demanded the Senate pass a stimulus package that puts families and healthcare workers ahead of corporations.

Senator Menendez and Rep. Pascrell led the state’s congressional delegation in calling on the Trump Administration to approve the state’s Medicaid flexibility request.

Rep. Pascrell asked credit card companies to suspend interest and late fees in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pascrell called on SEC Chairman Clayton to open immediate investigations into possible insider trading by Senators amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Pascrell urged House leaders to ensure adequate support for first responders.

Rep. Gottheimer held a tele-town hall on coronavirus. Gottheimer applauded the extension of the tax filing deadline by the IRS to July 15th.

Rep. Sherrill will hold a tele-town hall on Monday on coronavirus.

Rep. Kim introduced legislation to expand support for small businesses impacted by coronavirus.

Rep. Sires provided a daily update on his COVID-19 efforts.

Rep. Smith asked the White House to speed up COVID-19 treatments, according to MoreMonmouthMusings.

Stockton University is postponing its residence hall groundbreaking.

Superior Court Judge Brady won’t be removed from the bench, according to NJ.com.

More than 500 groups urged nationwide support for safe use of parks during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Governor Murphy took action on COVID-19 emergency bills, and signed legislation allowing the Legislature to conduct business remotely during emergency periods.

Assemblyman Calabrese tested positive for coronavirus. Last week, Assemblywoman Schepisi tested negative for coronavirus, following several days of self-quarantine after exposure to the virus.

Senate President Sweeney called for a two-month moratorium on mortgage, loan, insurance, and utility payments during the COVID-19 crisis and economic turndown. He sent a letter to NJHESE calling for a grace period on student loans and sent a letter to DOBI Commissioner Caride calling for protections for furloughed and laid-off workers.

Senate President Sweeney says the state’s budget process is in ‘uncharted waters‘ amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to Politico NJ.

Senator Pennacchio says President Trump is correct in his approach to COVID-19 drug treatments, saying he has shown true leadership.

Senator Testa called on the state to help borrowers with student loans during the COVID-19 crisis.

Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso say the PNC testing center won’t be open until a formal announcement is made.

Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen McGuckin and Catalano urged residents to stop congregating for the sake of their communities.

In Newark, Mayor Baraka stepped up restrictions in three areas of the city after mapping the COVID-19 cases on Saturday. A day before, Baraka implored residents to stay in place, saying stronger COVID-19 combat measures are coming. Earlier this week, Baraka announced a 8pm mandatory curfew following sweeping measures after the first presumptive positive case was announced last weekend.

In Hamilton Township, the township reported its first COVID-19 related fatality yesterday. The township announced its third presumptive positive case of coronavirus on Friday, and additional cases on Saturday; on Thursday, the township offered an update of its first two confirmed positive cases of coronavirus, noting that both individuals are self-isolating and recovering well.

In Hoboken, Mayor Bhalla reported 21 total COVID-19 cases on Sunday, up from 19 total COVID-19 cases as of Saturday, and urged residents to reduce waterfront activities; last week, Bhalla urged residents to continue to self-isolate and practice social distancing.

In Jersey City, Mayor Fulop and city officials announced measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 among first responders; 44 police officers have symptoms as of yesterday.

In Paterson, Mayor Sayegh issued an executive order requiring residents to stay home, and said those who don’t comply will face fines and penalties. The city had its first COVID-19 fatality, according to Paterson Times.

In Metuchen, a former council passed away due to COVID-19 complications, according to MyCentralJersey.

In Atlantic City, Mayor Small has requested the state bring a COVID-19 testing site to Bader Field, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

In Elizabeth, Mayor Bollwage and Jersey Gardens scuffled over shutting down due to COVID-19 and tax breaks, according to NJ.com.

In Westfield, a resident who tested positive for coronavirus while in NY says the NJ case count is deceiving, according to TAPinto.

In New Milford, Mayor Putrino addressed the COVID-19 cases in the town.

In Lakewood, police are keeping an eye on a school that is still open, according to the Asbury Park Press.

In Princeton, five Princeton University students and 10 staffers have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Planet Princeton.

In Bayonne, the city reported its seventh coronavirus case, a 26-year old, on Sunday, according to Hudson County View.

In Edison, the town reports 12 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday, according to MyCentralJersey.

In Union City, six people have tested positive for coronavirus, according to Hudson County View.

In North Bergen, 14 have tested positive for coronavirus, according to Hudson County View.


3/20: 7:53pm: Governor Murphy took action on COVID-19 crisis legislation.


3/20 7:40pm: Senator Menendez and Rep. Pascrell led the state’s congressional delegation in calling on the Trump Administration to approve the state’s Medicaid flexibility request.


3/20 7:22pm: The NJ Department of Banking and Insurance is encouraging regulated entities to assist businesses and residents affected by disruptions.


3/20 7:12pm: Warren County urged residents to take social distancing measures; the county has three COVID-19 cases of Friday afternoon.


3/20 7:12pm: Camden County this afternoon announced an additional four cases in the evening, bringing the total to 15 as of yesterday.


3/20 5:25pm: Senate President Sweeney sent a letter to NJHESE calling for a grace period on student loans. He sent a letter to DOBI Commissioner Caride calling for protections for furloughed and laid-off workers.


3/20 5:15pm: In Newark, Mayor Baraka implored residents to stay in place, saying stronger COVID-19 combat measures are coming. Earlier this week, Baraka announced a 8pm mandatory curfew following sweeping measures after the first presumptive positive case was announced last weekend.


3/20 5:10pm: Mercer Executive Hughes offered an update on the county’s COVID-19 response; the county as 22 cases as of Friday afternoon.


3/20 5:07pm: Phil Murphy often comes across as a kindly uncle who logically suggests why people during this time of crisis should do the right thing. He really isn’t a brash, “Get the hell off the beach” type of guy.


3/20 4:56pm: Rep. Gottheimer applauded the extension of the tax filing deadline by the IRS to July 15th.


3/20 4:54pm: Senators Booker and Menendez pressed Amazon on workplace safety conditions following reports of hazardous conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


3/20 4:51pm: Pascrell called on SEC Chairman Clayton to open immediate investigations into possible insider trading by Senators amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


3/20 4:30pm: Burlington County announced five coronavirus cases Friday afternoon, bringing the total to nineteen cases.


3/20 4:24pm: Monmouth County announced a total of 55 presumptive positive cases of coronavirus, as of Friday afternoon; the county signed an emergency declaration yesterday. County Clerk Hanlon advised of election changes per Governor Murphy’s executive order.


3/20 4:11pm: Camden County Freeholder Director Cappelli said the county is working towards a testing site at CCC, but the PPE and testing kit shortage is inhibiting the abilities to get the site operational.


3/20 4:01pm: In just a matter of a week the state of New Jersey has had to put itself on a wartime footing in hopes of defeating the invisible, yet deadly coronavirus that’s claimed thousands of lives around the world including dozens here.


3/20 2:54pm: Governor Murphy announced a partnership with the private sector to increase the COVID-19 testing capacity in the state.


3/20 2:31pm:  Insider NJ Editorial ‘Time Must Have A Stop’


3/20 2:15pm: The regional coalition of NY, NJ, CT, and PA urged the federal government to provide immediate direct cash assistance of at least $100B to help cover COVID-19 response costs.


3/20 2:11pm: The NJDOH reports 890 cases statewide, with 11 deaths, 210 negative results, and 74 persons under investigation as of 1:30pm Friday. 98 positives pending further investigation.

Bergen County: 249 Positive Test Result(s)

Middlesex County: 76 Positive Test Result(s)

Essex County: 73 Positive Test Result(s)

Hudson County: 66 Positive Test Result(s)

Monmouth County: 53 Positive Test Result(s)

Ocean County: 49 Positive Test Result(s)

Passaic County: 49 Positive Test Result(s)

Union County: 43 Positive Test Result(s)

Morris County: 35 Positive Test Result(s)

Somerset County: 28 Positive Test Result(s)

Mercer County: 22 Positive Test Result(s)

Burlington County: 17 Positive Test Result(s)

Camden County: 11 Positive Test Result(s)

Hunterdon County: 11 Positive Test Result(s)

Atlantic County: 3 Positive Test Result(s)

Gloucester County: 3 Positive Test Result(s)

Sussex County: 3 Positive Test Result(s)

Warren County: 3 Positive Test Result(s)

Cape May County: 1 Positive Test Result(s)

Cumberland County: 1 Positive Test Result(s)

Salem County: Positive Test Result(s) (waiting on confirmation)


3/20 2pm: Watch Governor Murphy’s daily COVID-19 briefing.


3/20 1:55pm: Camden County announced an additional COVID-19 case, a man in his 50s. On Thursday, the county reported five presumptive positive cases of coronavirus yesterday afternoon. Earlier this week, the freeholder board amended their state of emergency declaration.


3/20 1:54pm: In Metuchen, a former council passed away due to COVID-19 complications, according to MyCentralJersey.


3/20 1:36pm: Hudson County officials are bracing for the ‘new normal’ of VBM elections, according to the Jersey Journal.


3/20 1:35pm: Senate President Sweeney says the state’s budget process is in ‘uncharted waters‘ amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to Politico NJ.


3/20 12:47pm: Cape May County announced its second presumptive positive case of coronavirus on Friday; earlier this week, the county reported one positive case from an out-of-town visitor. The county has reduced staffing and closures across various departments.


12:47pm: The NJDOH announced that fees will be waived for COVID-19 testing for the uninsured.


3/20 12:28pm: Monmouth County signed an emergency declaration today; the county has 43 presumptive positive COVID-19 cases as of 11:30am on Thursday.


3/20 12pm: The Civil Service Commission updated COVID-19 FAQs for state employees.

3/20 12pm: In Hamilton Township, the township reported a third presumptive positive case of coronavirus; on Thursday, the township offered an update of its two confirmed positive cases of coronavirus, noting that both individuals are self-isolating and recovering well.


3/20 12pm: Rep. Pascrell asked credit card companies to suspend interest and late fees in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.


3/20 12pm: Rep. Kim introduced legislation to expand support for small businesses impacted by coronavirus.


3/20 12pm: LD13 Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso say the PNC testing center won’t be open until a formal announcement.


3/20 9am: Governor Murphy signed legislation allowing the Legislature to conduct business remotely during emergency periods. He signed legislation on Thursday  signed legislation to expand access to telehealth services and expedite licensure of out-of-state professionals.


3/20 9am: Read Governor Murphy’s executive order mandating the closure of all personal care businesses, signed on Thursday.


3/20 7:35am: COVID-19 Cases by County (There are 742 positive cases and 9 deaths statewide as of Thursday at 11:30am).

Data is provisional and subsequent to revision.

118 Positives Pending Further Information

Bergen County:

195 Positive Test Result(s)

Middlesex County:

64 Positive Test Result(s)

Essex County:

63 Positive Test Result(s)

Hudson County:

55 Positive Test Result(s)

Monmouth County:

43 Positive Test Result(s)

Passaic County:

38 Positive Test Result(s)

Ocean County:

33 Positive Test Result(s)

Union County:

29 Positive Test Result(s)

Morris County:

26 Positive Test Result(s)

Somerset County:

21 Positive Test Result(s)

Mercer County:

20 Positive Test Result(s)

Burlington County:

14 Positive Test Result(s)

Camden County:

13 Positive Test Result(s)

Hunterdon County:

8 Positive Test Result(s)

Atlantic County:

3 Positive Test Result(s)

Gloucester County:

3 Positive Test Result(s)

Warren County:

3 Positive Test Result(s)

Sussex County:

2 Positive Test Result(s)

Cape May County:

1 Positive Test Result(s)

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3/20 7:35am:

The US Senate released a massive economic stimulus package to provide relief from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; among the elements is direct cash payments to American families up to $2,400.

Announcing a statewide count of 742 presumptive positive cases of coronavirus (up from 427 the day before) and nine fatalities, Governor Murphy and state officials held their daily briefing yesterday afternoon. The Governor ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses as of last night (including barber shops, nail salons, spas, social clubs) in an effort to expand social distancing. ‘These numbers will go into the many thousands‘, he said of the COVID-19 case count. Noting the state’s aggressive measures, Murphy doubled down on his request for residents to stay at home. Earlier this week, Murphy had strengthened the measures, including the mandatory closure of all indoor retail shopping centers, following the initial social distancing measures; Murphy called it the ‘new normal‘.Murphy announced that upcoming special and school board elections will be VBM-only, and that candidates petitions may be filed electronically by the March 30th deadline. The April 21st school elections and March special elections (Old Bridge, Atlantic City, West Amwell) are moved to May 12th. At this time, there’s no change to the June primary. NJDOH Commissioner Persichilli noted that COVID-19 cases were in all counties but Salem and Cumberland; that changed as of last night when Cumberland reported its first case). She said that the median age of the cases is 52, and that over 50% have been hospitalized. The Governor signed legislation enacting a foreclosure and eviction moratorium during the state of emergency. The Governor also expanded the NJFHMA’s housing counseling initiative to help renters and homeowners threatened with housing loss during the crisis.

CD3 Rep. Kim announced that he will self-quarantine for two weeks following contact with Florida Rep. Diaz-Balart, the first member of Congress to test positive for coronavirus. Last week, Kim announced that he was closing his DC office following a positive case on his floor.

AG Grewal announced guidance on the state’s Family Leave Act and anti-discrimination law related to coronvirus, saying the virus is ‘no excuse for racism, xenophobia, or hate’. Grewal issued a directive to law enforcement on the appropriate use of COVID-10 patient information for public health officers.

Bergen County Executive Tedesco rescinded his revised executive order after he had submitted to the Murphy Administration for review. Tedesco’s order, which was announced as a supplemental on Monday to his state of emergency and would have implemented stricter rules in the county, was initially postponed until tomorrow. Tedesco said yesterday that he sent a revised order to the Governor for review, and that ‘I hope he’ll look at some of those things and implement them on a state wide basis, or let us in Bergen county’. The Sheriff’s Office announced that a corrections officer tested positive for coronavirus, and was asked to self-quarantine for 14 days; seven other officers in contact with the officer were also asked to self-quarantines. Governor Murphy announced that a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site will be opened at Bergen County Community College, starting today, in partnership with FEMA. The county now has 195 presumptive positive cases, the highest in the state, as of Thursday morning.

Camden County announced an additional five presumptive positive cases of coronavirus yesterday afternoon. Earlier this week, the freeholder board amended their state of emergency declaration. The county announced that meals are available for seniors in need. The county blames the federal government for the lack of testing kits, according to the Courier Post.

Cumberland County confirmed its first presumptive positive case of coronavirus and announced steps to prevent community spread.

Burlington County announced an additional four presumptive positive cases of coronavirus, bringing the county total to 14.

Ocean County announced an additional thirty-two presumptive positive cases of coronavirus last evening, reporting a total of 48 cases. The county signed an emergency proclamation earlier this week.

Morris County declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus; the county has 26 presumptive positive cases. The county’s first COVID-19 drive-through testing site opened, according to the Daily Record.

Cape May County announced reduced staffing and closures across various departments; as of yesterday the county has one positive case of COVD-19.

Gloucester County announced a third presumptive positive case of coronavirus yesterday morning. The Emergency Response Department announced precautions it is taking during the outbreak. The Division of Human and Disability Services provided COVID-19 information for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

Warren County identified two presumptive positive cases of coronavirus, bringing the total case count to three.

Somerset County announced paratransit services are limited only to dialysis appointments.

Hudson County confirmed fifty five presumptive positive cases and one death in the county as of yesterday; county parks remain open with social distancing, while Hoboken’s Columbus Park is completely shut down.

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