Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Friday, May 22, 2020

Virus Outbreak- NJ Beach Reopenings
Posted at 6:26 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 14:33:45-04

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.

11 a.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy gave his daily COVID-19 briefing. Watch in full below.

Breaking Updates:

  • Gov. Murphy announces he's rising limit on outdoor gatherings from 10 people to 25 people, while indoor gatherings remain limited to 10 people. Read more.
  • Recreational campgrounds reopening immediately.
  • New outdoor gathering limit does not apply to dining, Murphy says.
  • New Jersey reports 146 new confirmed COVID-19 deaths, bringing state’s death toll to 10,985.
  • Total COVID-19 cases sit at 152,719 after an increase of 1,394 new cases.
  • Murphy says two FEMA COVID-19 testing sites, at Bergen Community College in Paramus and at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, will be extended until the end of June. Testing capacity is also being raised.
  • New Jersey public colleges and universities will receive a total of $68.8 million in federal CARES Act funds.

Trends since peak, over last two weeks

  • New hospitalizations down 80% since peak, 53% since May 7
  • Patients in hospital down 61% since peak, 36% since May 7
  • Patients in ICU down 55% since peak, 39% since May 7
  • Patients on ventilators down 57% since peak, 36% since May 7

6 a.m.
Jersey Shore beaches can open today for Memorial Day weekend, but with some strict restrictions. Read more here.

Latest official numbers:
As of Friday morning, New Jersey has 151,472 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with the state's coronavirus death toll rising to 10,843.

For a list of drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in New Jersey, click here.

Tips to protect yourself and others amid coronavirus outbreaks

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