Insider NJ’s COVID-19 Information Update Center

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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.  Follow Insider NJ’s County COVID-19 Data Center for daily county updates.


6/3 8:50pm: Cape May County reported no new cases today for the first time since April 5th.

Cumberland County reports 2,171 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Gloucester County reports 2,272 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Hudson County reports 18,852 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Somerset County reports 4,066 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Sussex County reports 1,150 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Passaic County reports 16,277 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednsday.

Union County reports 15,911 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Salem County reports 653 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.


6/3 8:37pm: Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 150, permitting outdoor dining starting on Monday, June 15th, with an accompanying Executive Directive from the New Jersey Department of Health that lays out health and safety standards that food or beverage establishments are required to follow.


6/3 3:41pm:  Business owners urged Governor Murphy to allow them to reopen.


6/3 2:20pm: Ocean County reports 8,808 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Monmouth County reports 8,400 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Camden County reports 6,912 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Morris County reports 6,429 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Middlesex County reports 15,988 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Warren County reports 1,181 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.


6/3 12:56pm: Governor Phil Murphy today announced a series of recommendations and actions from Manatt Health’s rapid review of New Jersey’s long-term care facilities to address systemic challenges in long-term care and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and reduce impacts of future outbreaks.


6/3 12:15pm: The statewide COVID-19 count stands at 162,068 cases and 11,880 fatalities as of Wednesday.

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

Hudson County:

18460 Positive Test Results

1192 Deaths

Bergen County:

18376 Positive Test Results

1595 Deaths

Essex County:

17811 Positive Test Results

1687 Deaths

Passaic County:

16277 Positive Test Results

940 Deaths

Middlesex County:

16066 Positive Test Results

1004 Deaths

Union County:

15911 Positive Test Results

1086 Deaths

Ocean County:

8853 Positive Test Results

755 Deaths

Monmouth County:

8332 Positive Test Results

619 Deaths

Mercer County:

7033 Positive Test Results

485 Deaths

Camden County:

6645 Positive Test Results

346 Deaths

Morris County:

6540 Positive Test Results

619 Deaths

Burlington County:

4700 Positive Test Results

302 Deaths

Somerset County:

4619 Positive Test Results

423 Deaths

Cumberland County:

2431 Positive Test Results

79 Deaths

Atlantic County:

2284 Positive Test Results

163 Deaths

Gloucester County:

2278 Positive Test Results

149 Deaths

Warren County:

1182 Positive Test Results

132 Deaths

Sussex County:

1128 Positive Test Results

149 Deaths

Hunterdon County:

1006 Positive Test Results

61 Deaths

Salem County:

653 Positive Test Results

44 Deaths

Cape May County:

629 Positive Test Results

50 Deaths

COVID_Confirmed_Case_Summary

6/3 11:55am: Watch Governor Murphy’s daily COVID-19 briefing at 12pm.

Essex County reports 17,813 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Mercer County reports 7,033 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Atlantic County reports 2,337 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.


6/3 11:20am: Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick spoke out against Gov. Phil Murphy’s plan to borrow at least $5 billion to offset revenue losses, which is up for a vote Thursday in the state Assembly.

The state’s long-term care industry is in need of a major overhaul, according to a report filed by Mannat, according to Politico NJ.

The Assembly Republican caucus sent a letter to state Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio Wednesday requesting a detailed itemization of the new costs incurred fighting the coronavirus pandemic and how much is expected to be reimbursed by Federal Emergency Management Agency.

A retired Prudential executive from Hillsborough, Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-16) is primarily working on the details of prioritizing public health and putting the state in a functioning economic condition.


6/3 8:22am: Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 6/3/2020


6/2 9:50pm: Warren County reports 1,182 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Cumberland County reports 2,154 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Gloucester County reports 2,260 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Hudson County reports 18,882 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Somerset County reports 4,059 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Sussex County reports 1,127 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.


6/2 4:30pm: With many COVID-19 deaths occurring in nursing homes, it’s logical to ask if state officials could have done more to slow the trend.

Camden County reports 6,853 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Ocean County reports 8,771 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Monmouth County reports 8,357 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Morris County reports 6,411 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Middlesex County reports 15,948 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Burlington County reports 4,695 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.


6/2 1:15pm: The statewide COVID-19 count stands at 161,545 cases and 11,770 fatalities as of Tuesday. June 2nd.

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

Hudson County:

18455 Positive Test Results

1188 Deaths

Bergen County:

18333 Positive Test Results

1584 Deaths

Essex County:

17752 Positive Test Results

1672 Deaths

Passaic County:

16234 Positive Test Results

931 Deaths

Middlesex County:

16021 Positive Test Results

997 Deaths

Union County:

15868 Positive Test Results

1078 Deaths

Ocean County:

8817 Positive Test Results

743 Deaths

Monmouth County:

8289 Positive Test Results

608 Deaths

Mercer County:

7004 Positive Test Results

477 Deaths

Camden County:

6603 Positive Test Results

339 Deaths

Morris County:

6512 Positive Test Results

617 Deaths

Burlington County:

4680 Positive Test Results

297 Deaths

Somerset County:

4605 Positive Test Results

419 Deaths

Cumberland County:

2345 Positive Test Results

78 Deaths

Gloucester County:

2262 Positive Test Results

148 Deaths

Atlantic County:

2251 Positive Test Results

162 Deaths

Warren County:

1173 Positive Test Results

132 Deaths

Sussex County:

1123 Positive Test Results

148 Deaths

Hunterdon County:

999 Positive Test Results

60 Deaths

Salem County:

645 Positive Test Results

42 Deaths

Cape May County:

628 Positive Test Results

50 Deaths


6/2 12:57pm: Watch Governor Murphy’s daily COVID-19 briefing at 1pm.

Middlesex County is introducing a Small Business Grant program utilizing federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) CARES Act funding.

Senate Republicans wrote to Senate President Steve Sweeney today urging for preservation letters to be issued to the Department and appropriate parties who may be in possession of evidence in matters that may be reviewed by the bipartisan Senate Review and Recovery Committee.


6/2 11:45am: Essex County reports 17,761 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Mercer County reports  7,004 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Atlantic County reports 2,307 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Senator Joe Pennacchio wrote to Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, asking the federal government to take control of the state’s long-term care facilities.


6/2 9:22am: The NJFMBA released a statement supporting the COVID-19 Emergency Bonding Act.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Michael Testa will introduce an act to appropriate $100 million of federal grant money to the state’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) to support small business programs.


6/2 7:53am: Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 6/2/2020


6/1 9:15pm: Cape May County reports 637 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Cumberland County reports 2,127 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Sussex County reports 1,123 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Hunterdon County reports 990 COVID-19 cases total as of Sunday.

Bergen County reports 18,387 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Hunterdon County reports 994 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.


6/1 7:06pm: From NJ.com: New Jersey’s response to the pandemic inside nursing homes was “an unmitigated failure” that led to “preventable deaths,” a group of anonymous health department employees charged in a letter to lawmakers Monday. Moreover, the administration “is making things up as they proceed” in order to reopen the economy, the writers also allege.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (both R-Monmouth) expressed their distress and concern over a letter sent to Senate leadership alleging serious and dangerous mismanagement of the pandemic response by the Department of Health and Murphy administration leadership.


6/1 6:05pm: Senator Richard J. Codey expressed his support for the COVID-19 Budget Recovery Bond Act and urged Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney to post the bill for a vote.

Camden County reports 6,801 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Burlington County reports 4,667 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Before the civil unrest sparked by the extrajudicial killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Gov. Murphy vetoed a bill that would have provided a 90-day pause on small business evictions driven by the state’s shutdown of commerce as part of its pandemic response.


6/1 2:50pm: As part of his restart and recovery plan, “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health,” Governor Phil Murphy today announced that New Jersey will enter Stage Two on June 15, 2020.

Ocean County reports 8,716 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Morris County reports 6,385 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Middlesex County reports 15,894 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Warren County reports 1,174 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.


6/1 2:38pm: The statewide COVID-19 count as of Monday is 160,918 cases and 11,721 fatalities.

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

Hudson County:

18419 Positive Test Results

1183 Deaths

Bergen County:

18272 Positive Test Results

1579 Deaths

Essex County:

17629 Positive Test Results

1664 Deaths

Passaic County:

16170 Positive Test Results

928 Deaths

Middlesex County:

15921 Positive Test Results

994 Deaths

Union County:

15821 Positive Test Results

1073 Deaths

Ocean County:

8748 Positive Test Results

739 Deaths

Monmouth County:

8219 Positive Test Results

597 Deaths

Mercer County:

6933 Positive Test Results

472 Deaths

Camden County:

6510 Positive Test Results

338 Deaths

Morris County:

6463 Positive Test Results

615 Deaths

Burlington County:

4627 Positive Test Results

291 Deaths

Somerset County:

4583 Positive Test Results

419 Deaths

Cumberland County:

2298 Positive Test Results

73 Deaths

Gloucester County:

2234 Positive Test Results

147 Deaths

Atlantic County:

2214 Positive Test Results

159 Deaths

Warren County:

1160 Positive Test Results

131 Deaths

Sussex County:

1110 Positive Test Results

149 Deaths

Hunterdon County:

993 Positive Test Results

60 Deaths

Salem County:

634 Positive Test Results

38 Deaths

Cape May County:

617 Positive Test Results

49 Deaths

COVID_Confirmed_Case_Summary

6/1 2:20pm: Watch Governor Murphy’s daily COVID-19 briefing at 2:30pm.

Mayor Ras J. Baraka introduced the first phase of Newark’s re-opening which continues to put the health and safety of Newark residents first and is driven by hard facts and data about diminishing number of cases and deaths due to COVID-19 in the City.


6/1 1:40pm: Gloucester County reports 2,246 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Hudson County reports 18,801 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Monmouth County reports 8,301 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Somerset County reports 4,043 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Senator Pennacchio introduced a resolution urging federal action to assist small business tenants and landlords.

The governor at one of his daily briefings last week complained about “leaks” and how he has no time for those who disclose “some sense of how the sausage is made.”


6/1 10:10am: From NJ.com this morning: Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to announce Monday that hair salons, outdoor dining and nonessential retail stores in New Jersey will soon be allowed to reopen with restrictions as the state moves into “Stage 2” of coronavirus recovery after more than two months of lockdowns to battle the outbreak (iLine post).

Atlantic County reports 2,273 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Essex County reports 17,773 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Mercer County reports 6,961 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.


6/1 8:06am: Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 6/1/2020


5/31 11:18pm: The statewide COVID-19 count as of Sunday is 160,445 cases and 11,698 fatalities.

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

Hudson County:

18419 Positive Test Results

1183 Deaths

Bergen County:

18272 Positive Test Results

1579 Deaths

Essex County:

17629 Positive Test Results

1664 Deaths

Passaic County:

16170 Positive Test Results

928 Deaths

Middlesex County:

15921 Positive Test Results

994 Deaths

Union County:

15821 Positive Test Results

1073 Deaths

Ocean County:

8748 Positive Test Results

739 Deaths

Monmouth County:

8219 Positive Test Results

597 Deaths

Mercer County:

6933 Positive Test Results

472 Deaths

Camden County:

6510 Positive Test Results

338 Deaths

Morris County:

6463 Positive Test Results

615 Deaths

Burlington County:

4627 Positive Test Results

291 Deaths

Somerset County:

4583 Positive Test Results

419 Deaths

Cumberland County:

2298 Positive Test Results

73 Deaths

Gloucester County:

2234 Positive Test Results

147 Deaths

Atlantic County:

2214 Positive Test Results

159 Deaths

Warren County:

1160 Positive Test Results

131 Deaths

Sussex County:

1110 Positive Test Results

149 Deaths

Hunterdon County:

993 Positive Test Results

60 Deaths

Salem County:

634 Positive Test Results

38 Deaths

Cape May County:

617 Positive Test Results

49 Deaths


5/31 9:51am: Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, on Friday announced enforcement actions from the past week, including coughing and spitting assaults and noteworthy violations of Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders.

The NJ Restaurant and Hospitality Association submitted plans to Governor Murphy outling a safe reopening for resturants and hospitality businesses.


5/30 8:07pm: Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 149, allowing the resumption of child care services, youth day camps, and organized sports in the coming weeks.

Governor Phil Murphy and Superintendent of the State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan today announced an Administrative Order authorizing horse racetracks to reopen on June 1st with no spectators, and with health and safety protocols in place.

New Jersey Department of Children and Families today released specific operating guidance for centers in order to preserve the health and safety of children, staff and the families being served.

Over two dozen churches filed a lawsuit against Governor Murphy over his refusal to classify churches as essential, arguing his actions are an unconstittional infringement on freedom of religion.

Republican Senate primary hopefuls spoke at a rally and blasted Governor Murphy’s lockdown measures.

Hudson County legislators came out in support of Governor Murphy’s emergency borrowing proposal. The Hudson County Central Labor Council supports the proposal, as does IFPTE Local 194.


5/29 6:21pm: Morris County reports 6,333 COVID-19 cases total as of Friday.

Middlesex County reports 15,687 COVID-19 cases total as of Friday.

Bergen County reports 18,273 COVID-19 cases total as of Friday.

Cumberland County reports 2,046 COVID-19 cases total as of Friday.

Union County reports 15,610 COVID-19 cases total as of Friday.

Salem County report 602 COVID-19 cases total as of Friday.

Warren County reports 1,158 COVID-19 cases total as of Friday.

Gloucester County reports 2,209 COVID-19 cases total as of Friday.

Hudson County reports 18,919 COVID-19 cases total as of Friday.

Sussex County reports 1,111 COVID-19 cases total as of Friday.

Burlington County reports 4,524 COVID-19 cases total as of Friday.

Ocean County reports 8,575 COVID-19 cases total as of Friday.

Camden County reports 6,588 COVID-19 cases total as of Friday.

Governor Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Oliver today announced the COVID-19 Short-Term Rental Assistance Program.


5/29 1:58pm: Atlantic County reports 2,205 COVID-19 cases total as of Friday.

Mercer County reports 6,775 COVID-19 cases total as of Friday.

Somerset County surpassed 4,000 COVID-19 cases total as of Friday.

Monmouth County reports 8,151 COVID-19 cases total as of Friday.

Essex County reports 17,561 COVID-19 cases total as of Friday.


5/29 1:49pm: Watch Governor Murphy’s daily COVID-19 briefing at 1pm.

The statewide COVID-19 count stands at 158,844 cases and 11,531 fatalities as of Friday.

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

Hudson County:

18287 Positive Test Results

1168 Deaths

Bergen County:

18223 Positive Test Results

1567 Deaths

Essex County:

17546 Positive Test Results

1647 Deaths

Passaic County:

16045 Positive Test Results

917 Deaths

Middlesex County:

15734 Positive Test Results

972 Deaths

Union County:

15610 Positive Test Results

1060 Deaths

Ocean County:

8627 Positive Test Results

721 Deaths

Monmouth County:

8100 Positive Test Results

587 Deaths

Mercer County:

6775 Positive Test Results

466 Deaths

Morris County:

6367 Positive Test Results

610 Deaths

Camden County:

6350 Positive Test Results

327 Deaths

Somerset County:

4552 Positive Test Results

411 Deaths

Burlington County:

4519 Positive Test Results

286 Deaths

Cumberland County:

2209 Positive Test Results

69 Deaths

Gloucester County:

2198 Positive Test Results

147 Deaths

Atlantic County:

2154 Positive Test Results

158 Deaths

Warren County:

1153 Positive Test Results

131 Deaths

Sussex County:

1106 Positive Test Results

147 Deaths

Hunterdon County:

981 Positive Test Results

58 Deaths

Cape May County:

611 Positive Test Results

48 Deaths

Salem County:

602 Positive Test Results

34 Deaths

COVID_Confirmed_Case_Summary (1)

5/29 10:40am: NJ State PBA President Colligan today released a statement in support of the COVID-19 Budget Recovery Bond Act.

Senate Majority Conference Leader Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth) today joined the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association in calling on Governor Murphy to immediately lift the statewide prohibition on outdoor commercial dining and issue a concrete roadmap toward permitting indoor dining within the coming weeks.


5/29: 7:45am: Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 5/29/20


5/28 8:02pm: Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation (A4157), which temporarily extends the deadline to file a property tax appeal to July 1, 2020, and the deadline for county boards of taxation to render decisions in tax appeal cases to September 30, 2020.

The Mayors for “Main Street” sent a letter to state and county officials to outline a list of actions needed to help reopen and lift restrictions on businesses in their communities and help to alleviate the struggles that many residents are facing.


5/28 3:45pm: Ocean County reports 8,527 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Bergen County reports 18,252 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Union County reports 15,745 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Cape May County reports 616 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Monmouth County reports 8,103 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Camden County reports 6,529 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Morris County reports 6,304 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Hunterdon County reports 975 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Middlesex County reports 15,623 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Passaic County reports 17,646 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Somerset County reports 3,977 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Hudson County reports 18,660 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Gloucester County reports 2,183 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Cumberland County repptrs 1,938 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Atlantic County reports 2,181 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Warren County reports 1,149 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Sussex County reports 1,107 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.


5/28 3:28pm: State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio testified during a virtual hearing before the Assembly Budget Committee today, providing a detailed revenue report and fielding questions on the difficult choices the Murphy Administration has been forced to make in order to close the massive gap that looms for the remainder of the extended fiscal year due to the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on New Jersey’s finances.

Playing tennis in the parking lot really isn’t good enough. So, Jennifer Rogers, the owner of the Randolph Tennis Center in this affluent Morris County town, is ready to take action.

NJ Realtors: as expected, housing market numbers in April were down in almost every category, except price.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, and Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (R-Monmouth) today called for Governor Murphy to permit graduation ceremonies as of June 15th and remove the restrictive guidance issued.

The Boards of Chosen Freeholders in Hunterdon, Warren, and Sussex Counties have called on Governor Phil Murphy to allow for a regional re-opening of businesses in New Jersey’s northwest corner and announced the creation of a ‘Gateway to Resources for Business Re-opening’ website that provides the latest information on the best practices for commercial re-openings.

Senator Anthony M. Bucco said the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) has failed to respond to his repeated requests to produce an overview of their reopening plan to demonstrate they will have sufficient capacity to handle a surge in customers that should be expected after agency offices have been closed for months.

Senator Pennacchio said a report by Forbes that one in 10 New Jersey nursing home residents have died from COVID-19 supports the need for an immediate investigation into the state’s pandemic response.


5/28 1:10pm: The statewide COVID-19 count stands at 157,185 cases and 11,401 fatalities as of Thursday.  The key metrics continue in the right direction, said the Governor.

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

Hudson County:

18226 Positive Test Results

1161 Deaths

Bergen County:

18158 Positive Test Results

1553 Deaths

Essex County:

17450 Positive Test Results

1628 Deaths

Passaic County:

15959 Positive Test Results

903 Deaths

Middlesex County:

15633 Positive Test Results

968 Deaths

Union County:

15475 Positive Test Results

1047 Deaths

Ocean County:

8577 Positive Test Results

711 Deaths

Monmouth County:

8012 Positive Test Results

578 Deaths

Mercer County:

6670 Positive Test Results

462 Deaths

Morris County:

6354 Positive Test Results

605 Deaths

Camden County:

6292 Positive Test Results

318 Deaths

Somerset County:

4522 Positive Test Results

410 Deaths

Burlington County:

4476 Positive Test Results

277 Deaths

Gloucester County:

2165 Positive Test Results

143 Deaths

Cumberland County:

2146 Positive Test Results

65 Deaths

Atlantic County:

2120 Positive Test Results

156 Deaths

Warren County:

1146 Positive Test Results

129 Deaths

Sussex County:

1104 Positive Test Results

147 Deaths

Hunterdon County:

974 Positive Test Results

58 Deaths

Cape May County:

602 Positive Test Results

48 Deaths

Salem County:

592 Positive Test Results

34 Deaths

COVID_Confirmed_Case_Summary


5/28 12:43pm: Watch Governor Murphy’s daily COVID-19 briefing at 1pm.

Senator Michael Testa is calling on Senate President Steve Sweeney to join forces and take the necessary steps to fully open the Garden State economy.


5/28 11:55am: Mercer County reports 6,670 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Essex County reports 17,516 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development processed a record 1.1 million benefits certifications for the week ending Saturday, as the total amount of benefit payments surpassed $4.3 billion and nearly 90,000 claims were made newly eligible for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).


5/28 9:38am: CVS Health today expanded its COVID-19 testing program by announcing 45 additional test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across New Jersey.


5/28 12am: Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 5/28/20


5/27 11:11pm: The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) today published graduation guidance for institutions of higher education that outline considerations for drive-in/drive-through and modified in-person graduation ceremonies beginning on July 6, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) today released guidance regarding commencement ceremonies to honor 2020 graduates during the COVID-19 public health emergency.


5/27 6:35pm: Monmouth County surpassed 8,000 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Bergen County reports 18,103 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Salem County reports 578 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Sussex County reports 1,103 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Burlington County reports 4,419 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Passaic County reports 17,544 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Hunterdon County reports 970 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Cumberland County reports 1,938 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Cape May County reports 612 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Middlesex County reports 15,543 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Union County reports 15,324 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.


5/27 4:15pm: The fifteen members of the New Jersey Senate Republicans caucus sent a letter to Governor Phil Murphy calling for clarity and action to reopen more of New Jersey.

A lot of things are nice to do, but timing counts. Phil Murphy clearly disagreed with that notion today when he was asked – more than once – about a state Turnpike Authority vote to sharply increase tolls on the Parkway and Turnpike when the pandemic has many residents struggling financially.


5/27 3:06pm: Gloucester County reports 2,150 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Camden County reports 6,429 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Warren County reports 1,147 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Hudson County reports 18,606 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Somerset County reports 3,960 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Morris County reports 6,297 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

On Thursday, May 28, Mayor Andre Sayegh, joined by the members of the COVID Task Force, will announce his plans to beat COVID in the city of Paterson.

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla today signed an executive order permitting fitness clubs to utilize certain City fields and parks in order to facilitate safe, socially distanced outdoor workouts.


5/27 2:53pm: Senator Kip Bateman slammed the approval of multiple toll hikes on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway while New Jerseyans remain stuck at home under the Governor’s lockdown orders.

Senator Joe Pennacchio once again commended news that the Senate will establish a special committee to investigate the state’s COVID-19 response and asserted that the panel must be empowered to subpoena witnesses.

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that beginning on Tuesday, June 2, the County Clerk’s offices will begin in-person appointments to swear in notaries and assist persons seeking to register trade names, tax waivers and clerk’s certificates.


5/27 2:13pm: On his way out of today’s press briefing, and just before he masked up, Governor Phil Murphy offered his views on masks in the middle of an ongoing Marvel Comics-like collision between President Donald J. Trump and challenger Joe Biden.


5/27 1:12pm: The statewide COVID-19 count is 156,628 cases and 11,339 fatalities, an increase of 970 cases and 148 deaths since Tuesday.  ‘Cases continue to be down from the peak’, said the Governor.  New hospitalizations are down – ‘an enormous amount of progress’, he said, adding that ‘our overal trajectory remains positive’.

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

Hudson County:

18,132 Positive Test Results

1,158 Deaths

Bergen County:

18,023 Positive Test Results

1,547 Deaths

Essex County:

17,338 Positive Test Results

1,624 Deaths

Passaic County:

15,873 Positive Test Results

899 Deaths

Middlesex County:

15,547 Positive Test Results

964 Deaths

Union County:

15,324 Positive Test Results

1,042 Deaths

Ocean County:

8,514 Positive Test Results

704 Deaths

Monmouth County:

7,961 Positive Test Results

575 Deaths

Mercer County:

6,592 Positive Test Results

458 Deaths

Morris County:

6,289 Positive Test Results

600 Deaths

Camden County:

6,227 Positive Test Results

313 Deaths

Somerset County:

4,505 Positive Test Results

408 Deaths

Burlington County:

4,432 Positive Test Results

275 Deaths

Gloucester County:

2,130 Positive Test Results

140 Deaths

Cumberland County:

2,098 Positive Test Results

65 Deaths

Atlantic County:

2,087 Positive Test Results

155 Deaths

Warren County:

1,145 Positive Test Results

129 Deaths

Sussex County:

1,095 Positive Test Results

146 Deaths

Hunterdon County:

973 Positive Test Results

57 Deaths

Cape May County:

592 Positive Test Results

48 Deaths

Salem County:

579 Positive Test Results

32 Deaths

COVID_Confirmed_Case_Summary


5/27 1pm: Watch Governor Murphy’s daily COVID-19 briefing at 1pm.

Ocean County reports 8,466 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Atlantic County reports 2,147 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Essex County reports 17,307 COVID-19 cases total as of Wednesday.

Cape May County Democratic Committee Chairman Brendan Sciarra called on Governor Phil Murphy to allow outdoor seating and reopen small retail businesses.


5/27 12:41pm: The Assembly Budget Committee will meet tomorrow to review the Treasury’s report on the FY2020 and 2021 budget conditions.


5/27 11:24am: Mayor Ras J. Baraka today issued comprehensive requirements that must be met by Newark non-essential retail businesses seeking to reopen after closure due to COVID-19.

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced that the New Jersey Department of Health has been awarded $2,685,806 in federal funding through the National Hospital Preparedness Program to support hospitals throughout the state combatting COVID-19 outbreak.


5/27 10:12am: The owners of the Bellmawr gym that defied Governor Murphy’s closure orders are filing a federal lawsuit challenging the Governor’s orders.


5/27 12:19am: Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 5/27


5/26 10:06pm: Passaic County reports 17,451 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Sussex County reports 1,094 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Bergen County surpassed 18,000 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Hunterdon County reports 965 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.


5/26 4:40pm: Camden County reports 6,375 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Ocean County reports 8,401 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Morris County reports 6,232 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Warren County reports 1,140 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Monmouth County reports 7,931 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Middlesex County reports 15,494 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Hunterdon County reports 962 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Burlington County reports 4,323 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Senator Singer will introduce legislation to establish the “Local Health Department Infectious Disease Preparedness Study Commission” to study the roles, responsibilities and response of local and county health departments to the outbreak and provide guidance for future incidents.

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) will issue updated guidance allowing school districts and colleges/universities to hold modified in-person graduation ceremonies beginning on July 6.


5/26 2:08pm: Phil Murphy, who was in Seaside Heights over the holiday weekend, says he’s happy most people he saw were behaving responsibly. It’s probably good he wasn’t in Point Pleasant.


5/26 11:46am: Governor Murphy today noted that professional sports teams which train or play in New Jersey are allowed to practice and engage in games or matches, if their leagues resume competition.

Union County announced the county-wide distribution of 100k surgical masks to residents.

Rep. Sherrill introduced legislation to ensure benefits for National Guard members deployed during COVID-19.

Atlantic County reports 2,097 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.


5/26 11:10am: The statewide COVID-19 count is 155,764 cases and 11,191 fatalities.  The Governor said the numbers on Tuesday are distorted by the holiday weekend, but the trends continue ‘very meaningfully in the right direction’; the spread as slowed considerably.  New hospitalization cases continue to go down (down 1,500 in the past two weeks; ICU patients are down over 400 cases from two weeks ago), as do cases in long-term care facilities.  ‘We are way down from our peak’, said the Governor. It’s been ‘constant and undeniable’, with ‘many more good days than bad’.

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

Hudson County:

18096 Positive Test Results

1143 Deaths

Bergen County:

17963 Positive Test Results

1528 Deaths

Essex County:

17255 Positive Test Results

1605 Deaths

Passaic County:

15826 Positive Test Results

892 Deaths

Middlesex County:

15499 Positive Test Results

959 Deaths

Union County:

15293 Positive Test Results

1030 Deaths

Ocean County:

8462 Positive Test Results

692 Deaths

Monmouth County:

7911 Positive Test Results

559 Deaths

Mercer County:

6544 Positive Test Results

452 Deaths

Morris County:

6279 Positive Test Results

595 Deaths

Camden County:

6171 Positive Test Results

307 Deaths

Somerset County:

4489 Positive Test Results

399 Deaths

Burlington County:

4381 Positive Test Results

273 Deaths

Gloucester County:

2103 Positive Test Results

138 Deaths

Atlantic County:

2049 Positive Test Results

149 Deaths

Cumberland County:

2024 Positive Test Results

63 Deaths

Warren County:

1136 Positive Test Results

128 Deaths

Sussex County:

1089 Positive Test Results

145 Deaths

Hunterdon County:

967 Positive Test Results

57 Deaths

Salem County:

573 Positive Test Results

29 Deaths

Cape May County:

571 Positive Test Results

48 Deaths

COVID_Confirmed_Case_Summary

5/26 10:29am: Essex County reports 17,279 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Somerset County reports 3,936 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Watch Governor Murphy’s daily COVID-19 briefing at 11am.

Mercer County reports 6,544 COVIDD-19 cases total as of Tuesday.

Gloucester County reports 2,104 COVID-19 cases total as of Tuesday.


5/26 10:14am: Governor Murphy tweeted that outdoor graduations will be allowed beginning July 7th (iLine post).


5/26 7:55am: Burlington County reports 4,034 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Ocean County reports 8,367 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Atlantic County surpassed 2,000 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Hunterdon County reports 961 COVID-19 cases total as of Sunday.

Middlesex County reports 15,434 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Monmouth County reports 7,884 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Bergen County reports 17,913 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.

Essex County reports 17,248 COVID-19 cases total as of Monday.


5/26 7:42am: Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 5/26/2020


5/25 2:05pm: The statewide COVID-19 count as of Monday May 25th is 155,092 cases and 11,144 fatalities.

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

Hudson County:

18,051 Positive Test Results

1,137 Deaths

Bergen County:

17,901 Positive Test Results

1,525 Deaths

Essex County:

17,202 Positive Test Results

1,595 Deaths

Passaic County:

15,774 Positive Test Results

891 Deaths

Middlesex County:

15,437 Positive Test Results

955 Deaths

Union County:

15,218 Positive Test Results

1,024 Deaths

Ocean County:

8,430 Positive Test Results

690 Deaths

Monmouth County:

7,865 Positive Test Results

556 Deaths

Mercer County:

6,491 Positive Test Results

450 Deaths

Morris County:

6,259 Positive Test Results

593 Deaths

Camden County:

6,103 Positive Test Results

308 Deaths

Somerset County:

4,480 Positive Test Results

399 Deaths

Burlington County:

4,355 Positive Test Results

271 Deaths

Gloucester County:

2,089 Positive Test Results

138 Deaths

Atlantic County:

2,028 Positive Test Results

144 Deaths

Cumberland County:

1,991 Positive Test Results

63 Deaths

Warren County:

1,132 Positive Test Results

126 Deaths

Sussex County:

1,084 Positive Test Results

145 Deaths

Hunterdon County:

966 Positive Test Results

57 Deaths

Cape May County:

570 Positive Test Results

48 Deaths

Salem County:

566 Positive Test Results

29 Deaths


5/24 10:46pm: Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, on Friday announced enforcement actions from the past week, including coughing and spitting assaults, bias incidents and noteworthy violations of Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders.

Between now and the end of the next fiscal year, June 30, 2021, the state projects to reap $10 billion less than it normally would from its three major taxes.


5/22 2:19pm: The Senate will establish a special committee to investigate a range of issues related to the coronavirus crisis, working to identify immediate and long-term remedies to the social, governmental and financial problems caused by the pandemic, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. announced today.


5/21 5:51pm: Ocean County reports 8,147 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Camden County reports 6,007 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Sussex County reports 1,074 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Essex County reports 16,980 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Morris County reports 6,132 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Middlesex County reports 15,074 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Monmouth County reports 7,659 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Cape May County reports 558 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Cumberland County reports 1,770 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Gloucester County reports 2,003 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Mayor Ras J. Baraka presented the first phase of the plan to re-open New Jersey’s largest city beginning June 1 during a press conference at NJPAC today at noon. The Mayor called the phase “preparation” to look at how the City might eventually re-open.


5/21 5:22pm: The Assembly Republican caucus sent a letter  to Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin Thursday supporting a select committee with subpoena power to investigate the loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities.

The picture in New Jersey nursing homes is not good; many of the state’s coronavirus deaths have occurred there and some of the details have been ghastly.

In an effort to help protect the thousands of seasonal farm workers in New Jersey, the state Departments of Health, Agriculture, and Labor and Workforce Development have issued guidance on working conditions as well as testing/treatment procedures to assist agricultural businesses and farm workers in minimizing the risk and potential exposure to COVID-19.


5/21 1:58pm: Governor Murphy brushed off the NJGOP’s lawsuit against him.


5/21 1:05pm: The statewide COVID-19 count is 151,472 cases and 10,843 fatalities as of Thursday, May 21st, an increase of 1,304 cases and 98 deaths since Wednesday.

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

Hudson County:

17814 Positive Test Results

1121 Deaths

Bergen County:

17583 Positive Test Results

1508 Deaths

Essex County:

16906 Positive Test Results

1576 Deaths

Passaic County:

15497 Positive Test Results

864 Deaths

Union County:

15176 Positive Test Results

1005 Deaths

Middlesex County:

15057 Positive Test Results

921 Deaths

Ocean County:

8214 Positive Test Results

661 Deaths

Monmouth County:

7637 Positive Test Results

537 Deaths

Mercer County:

6205 Positive Test Results

438 Deaths

Morris County:

6155 Positive Test Results

583 Deaths

Camden County:

5818 Positive Test Results

290 Deaths

Somerset County:

4390 Positive Test Results

387 Deaths

Burlington County:

4097 Positive Test Results

249 Deaths

Gloucester County:

2002 Positive Test Results

129 Deaths

Atlantic County:

1895 Positive Test Results

128 Deaths

Cumberland County:

1869 Positive Test Results

60 Deaths

Warren County:

1111 Positive Test Results

123 Deaths

Sussex County:

1077 Positive Test Results

140 Deaths

Hunterdon County:

925 Positive Test Results

55 Deaths

Cape May County:

534 Positive Test Results

44 Deaths

Salem County:

484 Positive Test Results

24 Deaths


5/21 12:47pm: Senate President Steve Sweeney sent a letter to Governor Phil Murphy today urging him to consider Gloucester County superintendents’ request to permit voluntary, in-person graduations for high school seniors.

Watch Governor Murphy’s daily COVID-19 briefing at 1p.m.

Phil Murphy likes sport analogies, so he had to understand when Republican Mike Testa said today that the governor was not only “moving the goal posts,” he’s playing a different game.


5/21 11:59am: Mercer County reports 6,205 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Atlantic County reports 1,931 COVID-19 cases total as of Thursday.

Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-10) have sponsored legislation that would cause certain executive orders by the governor to expire in 15 days unless extended by the Legislature.


5/21 9:31am: The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has paid out $3.4 billion unemployment benefits as the global pandemic COVID-19 closed out its ninth week of wreaking havoc on the state’s workforce and economy.

State unemployment rate tops 15%: The negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on New Jersey’s economy resulted in a record number of monthly job losses and widespread unemployment in April.


5/21 7:59am: Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 5/21


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