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Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Monday, July 13, 2020

New Jersey park reopening
Posted at 6:17 AM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 18:47:22-04

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.

6:45 p.m.

People in Irvington Township can now find out if they've had coronavirus. Free anti-body testing is available at the Transcend Worship Center on Clinton Avenue Tuesday from noon until 7 p.m. No insurance is required, but pre-registration is encouraged.

1 p.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy held a coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below.
NJ reopening plans

  • Murphy said New Jersey is paused in Stage 2 of the restart plan. "I want us to be able to reopen more businesses, and to get to Stage 3 and beyond. We cannot do that unless we keep up with wearing face coverings, keeping a social distance, and getting tested," Murphy said.
  • The state is lifting its 50% capacity limit on NJ Transit and private-carrier buses, trains, light rail vehicles, and Access Link vehicles, effective 8 p.m. Wednesday.
  • An executive order mandating face coverings by customers and employees on public and private transportation is still in effect, Murphy said. Face coverings are also required at all indoor stations as well as outdoor stations when social distancing is not possible.
  • "Make sure your mask covers both your mouth and nose – no chin guards," Murphy added.
  • The state is suspending the requirement for municipal and county political parties hold reorganizational meetings by either Monday or Tuesday. All upcoming scheduled elections are moved to the Nov. 3 general election.

Health data

  • The state is conducting over 20,000 tests per day, on average.
  • There were 231 new positive tests on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases since March 4 to 175,522.
  • Of those sick, 892 patients are hospitalized, 166 are in ICUs and 81 are on ventilators – the fourth-consecutive day ventilator use has been under 100.
  • Another 22 people have died of COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 13,613.
  • The spot positivity rate for tests from July 9 was 1.51%.
  • The rate of transmission on Sunday was 0.91. A rate below 1.0 is critical to slowing the spread of the virus, experts say.
  • New Jersey remains in the top 20 states nationally in terms of the number of hospitalized residents per capita.
  • Parties are leading to an uptick in cases, the health commissioner said.
  • The state continues to see an increase in cases of people between the ages of 18 and 29. In April, this age group represented 12% of cases. Now, that group represents 22% of cases, according to the health commissioner.
  • Over 700 people in that age group have been hospitalized.
  • There have been 53 deaths among this age group.

Latest official numbers:
As of Sunday afternoon, there are 175,298 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Jersey with 13,594 coronavirus fatalities.

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.