Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Monday, July 27, 2020

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Posted at 6:36 AM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 07:21:05-04

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.

1 p.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy held a coronavirus briefing to discuss the state's reopening plans. Watch the news conference below.

  • Monday marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Murphy said there are some people who cannot wear a mask because of mental or physical disabilities and urged residents to wear face coverings to protect those who cannot.
  • Beginning Monday, RUCDR Infinite Biologics is providing 30,000 rapid-response saliva-based COVID-19 tests per day.
  • Murphy reiterated his three principles for the next school year: Health and safety of students, families and educators; How to best educate our students; Ensuring equity for families.
  • The governor also criticized several recent reports of large gatherings in New Jersey that have sparked COVID-19 clusters, including in Middletown, Long Beach Island and in Jackson.
  • The Middletown cluster has grown to 65 cases, with 52 of them between the ages of 15 and 19, Murphy said. Parents have been cooperating, the governor added, and health officials have been provided with at least 59 names.
  • The Long Beach Island cluster, which began after lifeguards attended a party, has grown to at least 35 cases.
  • Seventeen additional people have died of the virus, bringing the death toll to 13,884.
  • Of the new deaths, two occurred in the last five days and the rest were confirmed related to COVID-19 through lab results.
  • The number of probable deaths remains 1,920.
  • There are 446 new cases, bringing the total since March 4 to 179,812.
  • The spot positivity rate for tests from July 23 was 1.72%.
  • The rate of transmission rose to 1.09.
  • The new positives, transmission rate and spot positivity percent may have been impacted by the return of backlogged results from some labs, Murphy said.
  • Of those sick, 695 patients are hospitalized, 345 of whom are confirmed positives and another 350 are pending test results.
  • There are 128 people in ICUs and 54 people on ventilators.
  • “All of the metrics in our health care system continue to trend positively,” Murphy said. “We’re seeing our standing in the national rankings decrease. But, we must remain vigilant.”
  • The New Jersey Economic Development Authority provided more than $44.2 million to over 10,600 businesses since the pandemic began.

Latest official numbers:
As of Sunday afternoon, there are 179,363 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Jersey with 13,867 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