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Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Virus Outbreak New Jersey
Posted at 5:35 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 14:44:35-04

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.

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Gov. Phil Murphy is holding a coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below.

  • The statewide death toll rose to 1,232 on Tuesday.
  • More than 200 people died in the last 24 hours, marking the highest daily fatality count in New Jersey to date, Murphy said.
  • Just under 1,000 of those deaths have happened by in the past week, according to Murphy.
  • Three fatalities previously included in the death toll have been removed pending cause of death.
  • There are now 44,416 positive coronavirus cases in New Jersey.
  • There are more than 7,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations and of those, over 1,000 are on ventilators in the ICU.
  • At least one COVID-19 case has been reported in 188 out of 375 long-term care facilities, according to Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.
  • Department of Health is developing a statewide plan "with a regional approach" to assist nursing homes with staffing and equipment.
  • At least 34 patients in psychiatric facilities have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The state Department of Correction has 67 workers, five inmates who are COVID-19 positive.
  • Northern New Jersey continues to be the biggest hotspot for coronavirus cases.
  • Social distancing is working, Murphy said, but that doesn't mean New Jersey residents can let up now.
  • Face masks do not replace social distancing, Murphy added.
  • The governor will tour the field hospital being set up at the NJ Convention and Exposition Center in Edison on Wednesday. It's the second and largest field hospital that will open.
  • Murphy is signing four executive orders: Extending public health emergency by 30 days; signing an order to close all state and county parks in New Jersey; extending deadlines for boards of education; waiving student assessment requirement for graduation this year, including the portfolio appeal process.
  • PNC Banks Arts Center testing site will be open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Bergen Community College will testing site will be closed.
  • Bergen Community College will be open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. PNC Banks Arts Center testing site will be closed.
  • Hilton and American Express are offering free rooms to health care workers and first responders who don't feel comfortable going home.
  • About 110,000 students cannot connect to the internet at home and about 155,000 students do not have devices needed for distance learning, per the state Department of Education.
  • Murphy said he is going to have a "massive post-mortem" when the crisis is over so that the state can be better prepared for future crises.
  • California is sending 100 ventilators to New Jersey
  • The state attorney general and the division of alcohol and beverage control is seeking to revoke the liquor license of a pub owner in Blairstown who was cited twice for not closing during the stay-at-home order, State Police Superintendent Patrick Callahan said.
  • A domestic violence suspect in Elizabeth coughed and spit on officers and claimed he is COVID-19 positive.
  • Trenton issued two stay-at-home violations on Monday and closed one business.
  • A 46-year-old man in Rumson involved with a porch concert that drew a large crowd was charged with disorderly conduct.
  • Almost 3,000 of about 36,000 law enforcement officers are quarantined, Callahan said. More than 100 will return to work on Wednesday.
  • Murphy said he has not spoken to presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden.
  • On how the state plans to reopen businesses when the crisis has abated, Murphy said he doesn't even want to talk about specifics right now because people should still be staying home. "Just stay home," he said.

For a list of all the 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.