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Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Monday, March 23, 2020

Posted: 5:04 AM, Mar 23, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-23 17:54:47-04
Phil Murphy

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.

12 p.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy discussed the coronavirus outbreak as the state continues to expand its testing capabilities with a newly opened drive-thru facility.

  • The statewide total of coronavirus cases in New Jersey rose to 2,844 on Monday.
  • There have been seven additional deaths, bringing the death toll to 27, according to Murphy.
  • Of the new fatalities, five are men and two are women. They range in age from 57 to 91 years old. Two of the fatalities had pre-existing conditions.
  • Two of the deaths were in Bergen County, and one each was in Warren, Somerset, Union, Passaic and Essex counties. One of the fatalities lived in a long-term care facility, though it was not specified which county that person lived in.
  • The five counties with the highest number of cases are: Bergen at 609; Essex at 273; Monmouth at 238; Middlesex at 210; and Hudson 190.
  • Murphy said he expects the cases to rise into the "many thousands" as more testing is conducted.
  • Schools will likely remain closed for a "long and extended" period of time, Murphy said.
  • The three violations the state attorney general will be enforcing aggressively are the stay-at-home order, price gouging, and hate crimes related to coronavirus.
  • Violations of the stay-at-home order, including a ban on gatherings, could result in criminal charges, the state attorney general said.
  • In an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus in jail systems, people serving less than a one-year sentence in county jails will be considered for release with approval from the state attorney general's office.
  • The Department of Labor is launching a portal on covid19.nj.gov for unemployed residents to apply for positions that need to be filled to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
  • All elective surgeries will be suspended until further notice beginning Friday at 5 p.m.
  • Murphy spoke with President Donald Trump and thanked him for federal help, including temporary FEMA hospitals.
  • "We are clearly going to need these field hospitals," Murphy added.
  • The governor will speak with other federal officials about their response later Monday.

Watch the news conference below:

8 a.m.
Before even officially opening, the Bergen County Community College drive-thru testing site reached capacity for the day, according to Paramus police.

6:25 a.m.
New Jersey's second drive-thru COVID-19 testing site opens Monday at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. Read more here.
5 a.m.
Reminder: Sunday marked the first full day of enforcement for New Jersey's stay-at-home order, which forced the closure of all non-essential businesses across the state.
Reminder: Sunday marked the first full day of enforcement for New Jersey's stay-at-home order, which forced the closure of all non-essential businesses across the state.
The executive order was signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Saturday in an effort to combat the growing coronavirus outbreak.
The executive order was signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Saturday in an effort to combat the growing coronavirus outbreak.

For a full list of businesses that will remain open during the order, click here.

Tips to protect yourself and others amid coronavirus outbreaks

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.