Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Monday, May 18, 2020

Virus Outbreak- NJ Beach Reopenings
Posted at 6:22 AM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 14:21:22-04

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.

1 p.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy holds a coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below.
Reopening plan

  • Additional outdoor recreation will be allowed to reopen at 6 a.m. Friday, including batting cages, golf ranges, shooting and archery ranges, horseback riding, private tennis clubs and community gardens.
  • "We’re now comfortable allowing golfers to tee-off in foursomes, as opposed to in pairs," the governor added.
  • Murphy eluded to the likelihood of more reopening announcements will be made this week.
  • Murphy compared the practices and protocols put in place after the 9/11 terror attacks to measures and restrictions being established in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Considerations for reopening businesses include: work environment, level of person-to-person contact and what those factors may mean for the spread of coronavirus. Read more.
  • "Until a proven vaccine is widely available, we cannot firmly enter the 'new normal,' when life will once again return to all our workplaces, downtowns, and main streets," Murphy said.
  • Murphy said the state is now firmly in Stage 1 of reopening, which includes relaxed restrictions on low-risk activities if appropriately safeguarded.
  • Stage 2 will likely include expanding the availability of retail, restarting outdoor dining and potentially reopening indoor dining with strict capacity limits. Limited personal care facilities, libraries and museums could also reopen.
  • To get to Stage 2, the state needs to show sustained improvements in public health indicators and other outbreak measures such as testing and contact tracing.
  • Stage 3 of reopening could include expanded dining services, reopening bars with limited capacity, limited entertainment, expanded personal care options and critical in-office work.
  • "Assuming we make meaningful progress," New Jersey could reach phases two and three "in a matter of weeks," Murphy said.

COVID-19 fatalities, cases and more data

  • There are 1,735 new positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 148,039.
  • New Jersey reports 83 new deaths. The statewide fatality total now stands at 10,435.
  • There are 3,509 people hospitalized statewide.
  • The number of patients reported in either critical or intensive care fell to 1,053.
  • Ventilator use dropped to 819 and 190 people were discharged from the hospital on Sunday. An additional 334 people were hospitalized Sunday.
  • The state has received a donation of over 500 cases, 40 doses in each, of Remdesivir. The FDA has approved the antiviral drug for treating COVID-19 coronavirus.

Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

  • There are 11 cases that meet the CDC definition.
  • Of those diagnosed, nine are positive for COVID-19 and six are positive for serology.
  • The children are between the ages of 3 and 18 years old.
  • All of the children were hospitalized and at least seven have been discharged.
  • There have been no deaths.

Social distancing enforcement

  • Weekend activities in New Jersey's parks and beaches were relatively uneventful, State Police Superintendent Pat Callahan said.
  • However, more people need to wear masks, Murphy added. "Masking is not where we want it to be."
  • Memorial Day weekend will be a big test for New jersey residents, especially with the new recreational facilities reopening on Friday.
  • State police issued an executive order violation to the owners of a Bellmawr gym who opened on Monday in defiance of the state's rules. Read more.

No deaths

6 a.m.
Starting Monday, non-essential businesses in New Jersey can offer curbside pickup in a small step toward reopening. Watch more above.

Latest official numbers:
As of Monday morning, New Jersey had 146,334 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with the state's death toll rising to 10,356.

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.