Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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Posted at 4:47 AM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 14:01:47-04

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.
Health data

  • There are 447 new cases, pushing the statewide total since March 4 to 197,792.
  • Of those sick, 462 are hospitalized, 100 patients are in ICUs and 38 are on ventilators.
  • Nine additional lab-confirmed deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 14,263.
  • The number of probable deaths has been revised to 1,791.
  • The daily percent positivity for tests from Sept. 12 was 2.06%.
  • The statewide rate of transmission is 1.06.
  • The percent positivity for children between 14 and 18 years old has risen from 3% in mid-August to 7%.
  • The percent positivity for adults between 19 and 24 has increased from 2.7% in mid-August to 7.1%.

Dulce Alavez disappearance

  • Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of 5-year-old Dulce Alavez from a park in Bridgeton. Read more.
  • Murphy said he is, "hoping and praying for her safe return home."
  • Anyone with information about Dulce is urged to call New Jersey State Police at 609-882-2000, extension 2554.

ACA open enrollment

  • The governor has directed $3.5 million to community organizations providing free outreach, education, and enrollment assistance for Affordable Care Act health insurance.

Jersey Shore house arrest

  • Murphy said the scene on Monday of hundreds of young people crowded outside a house in Seaside Heights, largly unmasked, was "irresponsible from top to bottom in every respect."
  • The YouTubers involved in drawing that crowd need to be held responsible, the governor said.
  • "These knuckleheads are not welcome in New Jersey," he said.
  • Murphy encouraged anyone who was in the crowd to get tested.


  • The current self-response rate of 68.1% for the 2020 Census is the highest the state has achieved in the past four censuses, Murphy said.
  • Residents can visit to fill out the census.

Election Day reminders

  • Residents do not need to request a vote-by-mail ballot. One will be sent directly to all registered voters.
  • The mail-in ballot will include a return-postage-paid envelope
  • Ballots can be returned through the USPS, at a secure drop box, or by handing it to a poll worker on Election Day.

Recent numbers
As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 197,404 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Jersey with 14,254 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