Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Virus Outbreak New Jersey
Posted at 6:22 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 14:37:42-04

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.
Reopening plan

  • Murphy spoke with the owners of the Jets and Giants about what the next football season might look like, though he added it's "too early to tell."
  • Walmart and Quest Diagnostics will offer self-administered, self-swab tests in Garfield, North Bergen, Kearny, Flemington, Burlington, Howell and Mount Laurel.
  • Walmart is establishing appointment-only, drive-up testing that will operate three days per week between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • The state Health Department has shipped 90,000 test kits to the Office of Emergency Management for use by nursing homes in need.
  • Plans are underway to bring more mobile testing to cities, with a particular
  • "A strong testing program is one of the foundational principles for our Road Back," Murphy said.

Contact tracing scheme. Read more.

  • Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli issued a warning about contact tracing schemes via text message.
  • There have been thousands of reported incidents involving people receiving text messages from purported contact tracers claiming someone they know has been infected with COVID-19 and they need personal information as part of the tracking process.
  • In some newer cases, the suspects ask people to click on a link in the text message to speak with a contact tracer.
  • Contact tracers will not ask for personal information such as a social security number in a text message or on the phone, Persichilli said.
  • “There’s a special place in h--l for people doing that,” Murphy said.

Coronavirus data

  • There are 1,670 new positives, bringing the statewide total to 150,399.
  • The death roll rose to 10,747 after the state reported another 168 deaths.
  • There are 4,349 lab-confirmed deaths in nursing homes.
  • Daily hospitalizations stand at 3,405 people.
  • There are 969 patients in ICUs and 750 vent are on ventilators.
  • There are 15 confirmed cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children in New Jersey — up from 12 on Tuesday.

Social distancing enforcement

  • About half a dozen businesses were cited Tuesday for operating illegally under the stay-at-home order.

Latest official numbers:
As of Wednesday morning, New Jersey has 149,013 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with the state's coronavirus death toll rising to 10,586.

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.