Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Saturday, March 21, 2020

Posted: 9:26 AM, Mar 21, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-21 17:25:06-04
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NEW JERSEY — Below you will find the most up-to-date information on coronavirus news impacting New Jersey. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page.

4:30 p.m.
The state has launched its own specific coronavirus website.

1:15 p.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order directing all New Jersey residents to stay at home and all non-essential businesses to close amid the coronavirus outbreak.

  • There are 442 new cases in New Jersey. The total case count is at least 1,327.
  • There are five new coronavirus deaths, bringing the state's death toll to 16.
  • Of the five new deaths, three were from long-term care facilities. The state health commissioner said those deaths are particularly concerning because of the vulnerable populations in those facilities.
  • A stay-at-home order has been issued for all New Jersey residents.
  • All non-essential businesses must close by 9 p.m. Saturday.
  • For a list of essential business that will stay open, click here.
  • All gatherings, including weddings and parties, are canceled until further notice.
  • Residents can go outside for exercise, grocery shopping and other essential services but must practice social distancing.
  • The state has identified 1,900 new hospital beds that can be converted to ICU beds to treat COVID-19 patients.

Watch the news conference below:

10:30 a.m.
The drive-thru coronavirus testing site in Paramus closed Saturday after administering 350 tests in about 2 1/2 hours.

10 a.m.
Murphy mandated the indefinite closure of all municipal, county and state public libraries as well as private and higher education libraries and computer labs.

“I know libraries are a critical part of the fabric of our communities, but we must slow the spread of #COVID19,” Murphy tweeted.

9 a.m.
New Jersey's first drive-thru coronavirus testing site at Bergen County Community College in Paramus reopened Saturday morning. Officials expect to administer 350 tests.

The site launched on Friday and closed in a matter of hours after hitting its testing capacity, officials said. Murphy said 600 people were tested, which the governor expressed satisfaction with.

The drive-thru facility has the capacity to collect 2,500 specimens per week. Murphy reiterated that only those in need of tests should get tests.

The facility is located on Lots B & C of the Paramus campus on 400 Paramus Rd.

A second FEMA testing site will open Monday at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.

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Call New Jersey's coronavirus hotline at 1-800-222-1222. You can also click here for additional information.