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Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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Posted at 6:32 AM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 14:32:08-04

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.
Indoor parties causing spike in cases

  • The increasing number of cases being traced to indoor house parties is troubling, Murphy said. Read more.
  • "We cannot continue to have crowded house parties. They are not safe, period. They are how coronavirus gets passed around more efficiently," the governor said.
  • The number of new cases over the last four days rose by 2,000, Murphy said. "We’re now back to where we were roughly a month ago in the daily number of new cases," he added.
  • In July, 24-33% of cases were between the ages of 18 and 29, compared to 12% in April and 22% in June.
  • In Middletown, there was a series of house parties that have resulted in at least 55 new cases of coronavirus. Those who became sick are between the ages of 14 and 19.
  • Nearly three dozen lifeguards in Surf City and Harvey Cedars have been sidelined with COVID-19 after attending a party.
  • The governor also mentioned a 700-person party in Jackson. "We don’t even know yet how many new coronavirus cases may ultimately be the outcome of this party," he said.
  • "When there are hundreds of people crammed into a house, where the air-conditioning system is simply blowing the air around and people are not wearing masks, you have also invited coronavirus to your party," the governor said.
  • Murphy said these parties are examples of why indoor activities such as indoor dining are not yet moving forward in the reopening plan.

NJ MVC long lines, delays

  • "MVC is working hard to mitigate these delays," the governor said. "In less than a month, they’ve worked through more than half of the backlog created by the agency’s three-month closure."
  • Murphy urged residents to check online first to see if a transaction can be done at home.
  • He also reminded residents that document expirations and deadlines have been extended.

Health data

  • There are 489 new cases, pushing the total since March 4 to 180,766.
  • Another 18 deaths were confirmed, bringing the death toll to 13,923.
  • Of those sick, 761 are hospitalized, 116 are in ICUs and 49 are on ventilators.
  • The spot positivity rate for tests from July 25 was 2.42%.
  • The rate of transmission remains 1.14.

Latest official numbers:
As of Tuesday afternoon, there are 180,295 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Jersey with 13,905 coronavirus 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