Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Monday, April 6, 2020

Virus Outbreak New Jersey
Posted at 5:47 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 16:23:05-04

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.

2 p.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy is holding a briefing on the coronavirus outbreak. Watch the news conference below.

  • The number of positive cases rose to 41,090.
  • The death toll hit 1,003 on Monday.
  • Among the new fatalities is Jersey City Councilman Michael Yun, former New Jersey Health Department Deputy Commissioner Colette Lamothe-Galette, Hudson County Correctional Center nurse Daisy Doronila, and registered nurse Susan Cicala.
  • Social distancing appears to be flattening the curve, Murphy said.
  • State officials are seeing a decline in the growth rate of new cases, from 24% on March 30 to 12% on Monday.
  • "The curve is flattening but this is no time to spike footballs," Murphy said, warning this week will be critical.
  • The projected peak hospitalizations could be between 9,000 and 36,000 people, depending on whether people follow social distancing restrictions in the next two weeks.
  • The number of positive cases, hospitalizations and fatalities is expected to peak in the next two weeks, Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said.
  • The state has secured 20 freezer trucks for a capacity of over 1,200 to help manage COVID-19 victims.
  • The state is collecting background data on coronavirus patients and fatalities, including race, in an effort to ensure communities of color are not being "left behind," Murphy said.
  • State officials have identified, and are in the process of making operational, an additional 26,000 hospital beds, not including those in hospitals, hotels and on the USNS Comfort.
  • The state is tracking potential future hotspots using a symptoms self-assessment portal on
  • Murphy signed an executive order allowing retired public employees to return to work in some administrative capacities.
  • The Bergen Community College testing site will be open on Tuesday.
  • The PNC Arts Center testing site will be closed on Tuesday.
  • Murphy said President Donald Trump agreed to give New Jersey some of the beds available on the USNS Comfort hospital ship. When asked if New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was aware of the offer, Murphy said he was told Cuomo was aware and details would be worked out between the two governors and federal officials.
  • Sen. Cory Booker attended Murphy's briefing and praised the governor's hard work during the crisis.
  • "This is going to be a very challenging time and these next few weeks will be a test for who we are," Booker said. "In times of social distancing let's still reach out to one another."
  • Many more people will qualify for unemployment under the new federal guidelines passed by Congress, Booker said, urging people to file if they need to.
  • Unemployment benefits will be retroactive to January, Booker said.
  • About 80% of New Jersey residents qualify for direct-cash payments under the federal law passed by Congress. The first payments are expected to go out by April 13.
  • State representatives have already discussed that more will need to be done for residents, including additional direct-cash payments, Booker said.
  • In Rumson, a band played a concert from the porch of a home. The crowd did not disperse easily and several summonses were issued, New jersey State Police Superintendent Patrick Callahan said.
  • Murphy said it was reportedly a Pink Floyd cover band. “The language they used against the cops, reportedly, was so vile and so unacceptable," the governor said.
  • Three people in separate arrests coughed and or spit on officers and claimed to have coronavirus, according to Callahan.
  • Booker warned that phone scammers are calling people and asking for personal information in order to deliver their federal direct-cash payment. "Do not give them any information."

8 a.m.
New Jersey's public television channel NJTV launches new remote-learning programming and on-air classes Monday. More info here.

5:30 a.m.
A coronavirus field hospital at the Meadowland Expo Center in Secaucus begins accepting patients Monday. Read more.

New Jersey's total COVID-19 cases jumped to 37,505 Sunday, with the state's death toll rising to 917, Gov. Phil Murphy announced.

For a list of all the 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.