Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Thursday, May 21, 2020

Virus Outbreak New Jersey
Posted at 7:04 AM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 14:19:55-04

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.

Gov. Phil Murphy gave a Thursday update. Watch below:
1:05 p.m.

  • There were 1,304 cases reported for a total of 151,472 cases in New Jersey
  • Murphy says 98 new deaths were reported for a total of 10,843
  • State officials say New Jersey's unemployment rate climbed to 15.3% in April, up from 3.8% the previous month. The state labor department said more than 750,000 jobs were lost because of the COVID-19 outbreak, which led Gov. Murphy to order businesses to close and residents to stay home to avoid spreading the virus
  • There have been 28,876 cases at long term care facilities so far. There have been 4,502 lab-confirmed deaths at those facilities.
  • There were 3,208 hospitalizations as as of Wednesday. Nearly 900 of those people are in critical condition.
  • U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs assistance has been extended through the end of June
  • There are now 19 cases of pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome in New Jersey. No deaths have been reported. Of the 19 children, aged 1-18, 14 have tested positive for coronavirus. Six children are still hospitalized.
  • More than $3.4 billion in benefits has been paid out to New Jersey residents.

Latest official numbers:
As of Thursday morning, New Jersey has 150,399 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with the state's coronavirus death toll rising to 10,747.

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.