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Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Virus Outbreak- NJ Beach Reopenings
Posted at 6:20 AM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 13:56:10-04

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 and reopening briefing. Watch the news conference below.
Reopening updates

  • Outdoor amusement parks and water parks can reopen at 50% capacity beginning July 2. This includes rides on our boardwalks. Face coverings, consistent cleaning, hygiene and social distancing are mandatory. Read more.
  • "I know the last thing anyone wants is a face-covering tan. I know many people think that just because the weather is hot, they can’t catch the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. I know many young people think this virus isn’t after them. In every case, you are wrong," Murphy warned.
  • Playgrounds will also be able to reopen on July 2.
  • "Social distancing is the only thing that has allowed us to crush the curve over the past three months and what has allowed us to catch up to a virus that has no vaccine and no proven therapeutic," Murphy said.
  • The state has secured continued assistance from FEMA and Health and Human Services to continue operating community-based testing sites.
  • A new COVID-19 testing site will open in Elizabeth from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at the Mickey Walker Center. Testing is free and open to all.

Health data

  • The statewide total of coronavirus cases rose to 169,734.
  • Of those sick, 1,092 are hospitalized, 307 are in ICUs and 216 are on ventilators.
  • The death toll rose to 12,949.
  • The rate of virus transmission is 0.81.
  • While this is a low rate compared to other places in the country, Murphy said, there are some counties showing an increase in the rate of transmission.
  • Murphy said the rate of transmission could be creeping back up because people have become complacent in social distancing, or are crowding around bars and restaurants unmasked.
  • "We cannot have a one-day increase in our health metrics turn into a trend because people gave up on social distancing," the governor said. "I get that there is pent up emotion to get back outside. We all want to get out. There is no reason to be a knucklehead."

Increased cases among young people

  • New Jersey is seeing an increase of cases in people between the ages of 18 and 29, Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said. Read more.
  • In April, this age group was 12% of the total cases. That number rose to 22% in June, Persichilli said.
  • Some of the cases could be attributed to increased testing access, but health experts remain concerned about the trend, especially following photos and reports of gatherings along the Jersey Shore and at a northern New Jersey bar over the weekend, Persichilli said.
  • More than 640 residents between 18 and 29 years old have been hospitalized with COVID-19, Persichilli said, and over 50 people in that age group have died.

Latest official numbers:
As of Tuesday morning, there are 169,415 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Jersey with 12,895 coronavirus-related fatalities.

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.