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Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Phil Murphy
Posted at 5:39 AM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 15:27:15-04

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.

2 p.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy gives his daily briefing. Watch in the video below.

  • 19 more deaths, 81 total in state (of 19 new fatalities, three are associated with long-term care facilities)
  • A part-time health care worker has died. It is believed to be the first NJ health care worker to succumb to the virus, Judith Persichili of the Dept. of Health said.
  • State total of confirmed cases 6,876 (2492 new cases)
    • Including: 1,206 cases in Bergen County, 609 in Essex, 509 in Middlesex, 501 in Monmouth, 441 in Hudson and 432 in Union.
  • Will not revisit opening schools until April 17
  • On Saturday, testing sites at Bergen Community College and PNC Bank Arts Center sites will accept symptomatic health care workers and first responders.
  • General public will not be able to visit the testing sites that day.
  • Beginning April 4, on every Saturday, PNC Bank Arts Center testing site is dedicated to symptomatic healthcare workers and first responders.
  • 3.3 million people filed for unemployment. In New Jersey, 155,000 workers filed (16x filed compared to the week before)
  • 750 people and organizations have reached out with donations
  • As of Thursday, more than 35,000 job openings have been posted across 300 employers. Click here to view current openings.
  • Level 1 trauma hospitals to include surge monitoring, critical care, bed utilization
  • Over 19,364 tests performed among seven labs in the state (90% of tested conducted in NJ)
    • 6137 tested positive
    • Overall positive 31.7%
  • By close of business Friday, expect a lot of call to action on the amount of volunteers in need.
  • 460 nurses within 24 hours have responded to assist
  • Looking at mortgage and renters' relief. Gov. Murphy says they are in touch with banks
  • No decision has been made regarding the June primary

11 a.m.
11 a.m.
President Donald Trump has declared that a major disaster exists in New Jersey, ordering federal assistance to the state to supplement local recovery efforts amid the coronavirus outbreak, the White House said Thursday. Read more here.

6:45 a.m.
A drive-thru protective medical equipment donation site begins Thursday at 220 East Ridgewood Ave. in Paramus, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be open Monday through Friday.

6 a.m.
After Newark Mayor Ras Baraka mandated a "shelter in place" order for his city Wednesday night, a new drive-thru COVID-19 testing site opens Thursday morning in the city for Essex County residents. Read more here.

Reminder: New Jersey's stay-at-home order is now enforced. Gov. Phil Murphy's order forced the closure of all non-essential businesses across the state. For a full list of businesses that will remain open during the order, 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.