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Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Virus Outbreak New Jersey
Posted at 5:26 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 15:19:56-04

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 is discussing the latest on the coronavirus outbreak as the number of cases continues to climb. Watch the news conference below.

  • The statewide total of cases rose to 4,402.
  • There were another 18 deaths, which brings the total to 62 people.
  • Of the new fatalities, 11 were men and 7 were women. They ranged in age between 52 and 93. Half of the fatalities had underlying conditions and five were associated with long-term care facilities.
  • The youngest person to die in New Jersey so far was 30 years old.
  • One administrative staff member of the state Department of Correction has tested positive, but they have had no contact with inmate population.
  • Essex County will open a drive-thru testing site on Thursday.
  • Murphy praised health care workers and criticized anyone who suggests economic recovery is more important than saving lives. "We will fight to save every single life. There is no cost to saving any one precious life," Muprhy said.
  • There will eventually be a fork in the road when it comes to allocating resources to care over testing, the governor said.
  • Expanding hospital capacity is critical to the coronavirus response.
  • The state has 18,433 acute care beds, including 2,000 for those who need critical care.
  • Over 71 hospitals have been assessed in an effort to bring more acute care beds online.
  • Three FEMA temporary field hospitals will open up about 3,000 additional beds.
  • The Meadowlands Expo Center field hospital will open first, then the Edison Convention Center, and then the Atlantic City Convention Center.
  • The state has been separated into north, central and south, and patients will be sent to one of the three FEMA hospitals based on their level of critical care needs.
  • Murphy signed an executive order mandating child care centers to certify they are only serving children of essential workers. Anyone who does not certify with the state will be ordered to close.
  • The order outlines six categories of workers who will be able to retain child care services: health care workers, law enforcement, first responders, people employed by day care centers, staff who provide essential government services, and essential retail workers.
  • ppedonations@njsp.org has received over 550 emails offering personal protective equipment that health care providers are running out of such as N95 masks.
  • The state hotline for anonymous complaints of non-essential businesses not allowing employees to work from home crashed under the volume of complaints filed since Monday. Residents can now report violations to covid19.nj.gov/violation.
  • Complaints are reviewed by the Office of Emergency Management staff members, who then disperse individual claims to the appropriate
  • "Our social distancing directives are not polite suggestions," Murphy said.
  • Two summons were issued in Lakewood on Tuesday: One for a large gathering and another for a wedding in smoeone's home, Murphy said.
  • In Union, a suspect being arrested for domestic violence allegations coughed on police officers and said he had coronavirus while being taken into custody, according to Murphy. He is facing charges of disorderly person, obstruction and harassment.

8:09 a.m.
COVID-19 testing site at Bergen Community College has reached capacity, according to Paramus police.

5:40 a.m.
New Jersey's fifth drive-thru COVID-19 testing site opens Wednesday for Passaic County residents, located at William Paterson University in Wayne. Read more here.

4:30 a.m.
The White House and Senate leaders of both parties have agreed on a $2 trillion relief bill to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. 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.