Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Saturday, May 16, 2020

Posted at 9:37 AM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 14:05:06-04

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. Watch the news conference below.

  • The statewide total of coronavirus cases rose to 145,089.
  • The death toll rose to 10,249, with 115 new fatalities reported.
  • Hospitalizations, ICU patients and ventilator use have all dropped dramatically in recent weeks.
  • Of those sick, 3,564 are hospitalized, 1,061 are in ICUs and 846 are on ventilators.
  • In nursing homes, over 27,800 people have tested positive and 5,322 people have died — more than half of the statewide fatality total.
  • New Jersey's health data is beginning to look similar to neighboring states in terms of recovery.
  • Murphy signed an executive order allowing fishing charters and other watercraft rentals to resume operations at 6 a.m. Sunday.
  • The governor praised the House passage of a $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus package.
  • The Department of Human Services has been awarded $2.8 million in federal funding for mental health services.

9:30 a.m.
Belmar Beach, Seaside Heights and Point Pleasant Beach are open this weekend under new safety protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new rules include keeping at least six feet apart and frequent cleaning of beach bathrooms, showers and changing areas. Read more.

Latest official numbers:
As of Saturday morning, New Jersey had 143,905 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with the state's death toll rising to 10,138.

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.