Here’s the latest news on the spread of coronavirus in New Jersey. We will continue to update throughout the day as we learn more.
How many coronavirus cases are there in NJ?
As of Wednesday, March 25 there were 4,402 cases in the state with 736 additional cases announced Wednesday.
How many people have died of coronavirus complications in NJ?
There have been 62 deaths related to coronavirus in New Jersey. Five of the new deaths were linked to long-term care facilities. Officials reported 18 new deaths Wednesday in the following counties:
- Ocean (4)
- Essex (3)
- Monmouth (2)
- Bergen (1)
- Burlington (1)
- Cumberland (1)
- Hudson (1)
- Middlesex (1)
- Morris (1)
- Passaic (1)
- Somerset (1)
- Union (1)
Of the total deaths in New Jersey, 65% were male and 35% were female, said state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. They ranged in age from 30 to 78; 76% were over 60 years of age. Of the 62 people who died, 48% had some form of underlying conditions, Persichilli said.
How many people are hospitalized in NJ for coronavirus?
As of Friday evening, 100 patients in New Jersey hospitals were positive for coronavirus and another 600 patients were awaiting test results to determine whether they have the virus, said Persichilli.
Murphy was unable to give an update Wednesday when asked about the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients in New Jersey.
Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday that hospitals are under a lot of stress but are “currently meeting the needs of the patients who will require hospitalization.” However, he said that the state needs to increase its number of hospital beds. The goal is to increase the state’s capacity by 2,360 beds.
Where are the coronavirus cases in NJ?
Below is a map of coronavirus cases in New Jersey. Get a county-by-county breakdown here.
Here’s what’s happening in North Jersey today
The Bergen Community College testing site in Paramus reached capacity by 7 a.m., an hour before it was scheduled to open. It was the seventh day in a row it reached capacity early.
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Coronavirus in NJ
What restrictions has NJ put in place for social distancing?
Nearly all businesses are closed in the state except those offering essential services, including:
These essential businesses include:
- Hospitals, health care facilities and stores within the facilities
- Grocery stores and liquor stores
- Farmer’s markets and farms that sell directly to customers
- Food banks
- Medical supply stores
- Gas stations and convenience stores
- Banks and other financial institutions
- Pet supply stores
- Hardware and home improvement stores
- Laundromats and dry-cleaning services
- Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair and auto mechanics
- Mail and delivery stores
- Stores that principally sell supplies for children under 5 years old
- Physical therapy offices
- Restaurants and bars can offer takeout and delivery services only.
The following businesses were added to the list on March 24:
- Mobile phone retail and repair shops
- Bicycle shops, but only to provide service and repair
- Livestock feed stores
- Nurseries and garden centers
- Farming equipment stores
All NJ residents have been asked to stay home except to do things like head to the grocery store, seek medical care, visit close family or someone you have a “close personal relationship” with like a romantic partner, report to work or go outside for exercise. And even then, residents should not leave their homes between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Employees still required to go to work include law enforcement officers, firefighters, first responders, cashiers or store clerks, construction workers, utility workers, repair workers, warehouse workers, lab researchers, IT maintenance workers and janitorial and custodial staff.
How can you get a coronavirus test in NJ?
Due to limited supplies, current state policy is to test “our most vulnerable individuals,” state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli has said.
- Hospitalized patients suspected of having COVID-19.
- Symptomatic health care workers who have been exposed.
- Individuals who may be part of a cluster or outbreak, based on close-contact exposure.
- Medically fragile individuals in communal settings.
If you do not have symptoms, you do not need to be tested. If you have mild symptoms, most facilities will not test you.
New Jersey has begun to open drive-thru testing centers, including one at Bergen Community College and one at PNC Bank Arts Center. However, in order to be tested at one of these sites, you must exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 and show New Jersey identification.
What you need to know about coronavirus
How can I keep from getting sick?
The CDC recommends simple preventive steps, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
What should you do if you think you have coronavirus?
Don’t run to the doctor’s office – call first!
You should be prepared to answer questions about your symptoms, your travel history and your risk of exposure to the virus. This is called telephone triage, as the questioner assesses the urgency of your situation. Large health systems and hospitals have scripts for their staff to follow, listing the questions they should ask.
“Anyone who calls in with symptoms of upper respiratory infection, we ask: ‘Do you have fever, chills, and have you traveled?’ ” said Dr. Kennedy Ganti, a primary care physician in Willingboro and a board member of the Medical Society of New Jersey.
How should I treat my illness?
- Stay at home and rest.
- Avoid close contact with people in your house so you won’t make them sick.
- Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent dehydration.
- Treat fever and cough with medicines you can buy at the store.
- Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
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