New Jersey: State health officials on Sunday reported 2,316 new known cases of the coronavirus in New Jersey as the statewide total climbed to at least 13,386 with at least 161 deaths as the potential peak of the outbreak could still be weeks away.
New Jersey, a state with 9 million residents, remains second in the nation for COVID-19 cases after New York. The increase was the second consecutive day with more than 2,000 new cases.
We have 2,316 new positive #COVID19 cases, bringing our total to 13,386.
• Atlantic: 24
• Bergen: 2,169
• Burlington: 142
• Camden: 163
• Cape May: 9
• Cumberland: 11
• Essex: 1,227
• Gloucester: 72
• Hudson: 974
• Hunterdon: 66 pic.twitter.com/NUQlb9HhOB
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) March 29, 2020
Sadly, we have lost 21 more New Jerseyans to #COVID19 related complications. Our thoughts are with the families during this difficult time.
As of 1:30 PM, #COVID19 statewide stats:
• Positive Tests: 13,386
• Deaths: 161
For updates: https://t.co/JW1q8awGh7
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) March 29, 2020
At least 10 towns in New Jersey have more than 100 coronavirus cases each, with Jersey City having the most at 334. Bergen County continues to have the most cases with 2,169.
Sunday marked the first time Murphy hasn’t done a public briefing or phone conference since he held his first first briefing on March 13, nine days after his surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on his kidney, according to his schedule. The latest numbers were released on the state’s COVID-19 page and by Murphy on Twitter.
Health officials also reported 22,216 negative tests for coronavirus to date. That number includes about 90% of the private testing being done in the state. The positive test rate in New Jersey is about 38%.
The partial county-by-county breakdown of cases includes:
- Bergen: 2,169
- Essex: 1,227
- Hudson: 974
- Middlesex: 938
- Union: 896
- Monmouth: 870
- Passaic: 831
- Ocean: 759
- Morris: 566
- Somerset: 295
- Mercer: 202
- Camden: 163
- Burlington: 142
- Sussex: 93
- Gloucester: 72
- Hunterdon: 66
- Warren: 56
- Atlantic: 24
- Cumberland: 11
- Cape May: 9
- Salem: 3
Another 3,020 cases remain under investigation to determine where the person who tested positive resides.
Murphy took to the airwaves Sunday morning to tell New Jerseyans that the travel advisory President Donald Trump issued through the federalCenters for Disease Control for the tri-state area does nothing to change the rules already in place for more than a week in New Jersey to combat spread of the coronavirus.
Murphy’s comments came in response to the CDC’s domestic travel advisory late Saturday that “urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately. Trump effectively backed off an earlier plan he floated to quarantine parts of the Tri-State area.
“We certainly abide by that,” Murphy said of the travel advisory during a radio interview with WBLS. “The fact of the matter is we’re already doing that. We’re telling people ‘don’t go anywhere.’”
Pressed on why an enforceable quarantine wouldn’t be effective, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tells @MarthaRaddatz: “Folks, they’re already getting the message to stay at home, we’re enforcing that.” https://t.co/R6l5Z56nSs pic.twitter.com/j23jZWamZ6
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 29, 2020
The virus has infected more than 704,000 people across the world, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University as of Sunday afternoon. Of those, more than 33,500 have died and nearly 149,000 have recovered. The United States has the most cases in the world.
Here’s a list testing sites you can find in the tri-state area:
Testing centers have opened in several counties, including Bergen, Essex and Passaic. Check here for more New Jersey testing centers and updates
COVID-19 Symptom Checker : https://self.covid19.nj.gov/
Job and Hiring: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/
The FDA approved New York State to authorize the state’s 28 public and private labs to begin manual, semi-automated and automated testing for novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Testing is free to all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider or by calling the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
If an individual has a fever (greater than or equal to 100.0) and a cough, or shortness of breath, please call your primary care provider for information regarding local testing locations. You will need an order from your primary care physician to be tested for COVID-19. If you do not have a primary care provider or another physician who you regularly see, and you have the symptoms of COVID-19 (a fever greater than or equal to 100.0, and a cough or shortness of breath) please go to an urgent care center or to a federally qualified health center to get a doctor’s order to be tested.
If you are displaying symptoms consistent with those of COVID-19, and are unable to get into contact with your primary care physician, please reach out to one of the following hotlines:
Hartford Healthcare Hotline: (860) 972-8100
Yale New Haven Health: (833) 484-1200
Bristol Hospital Coronavirus Info Line: (860) 261-6855
Stamford Health: (203) 276-4111
Drive-thru testing sites are present on hospital grounds at the following locations (a doctor’s order is required).
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (Torrington)
Griffin Hospital (Derby)
Johnson Memorial Hospital (Stafford Springs)
Lawrence Memorial Hospital (New London)
Manchester Memorial Hospital
Mid-State Medical Center (Meriden)
Rockville General Hospital (Vernon)
Saint Francis Hospital (Hartford)
Saint Mary’s Hospital (Waterbury)
Saint Vincent Hospital (Bridgeport)
UConn John Dempsey Hospital (Farmington)
William H. Backus Hospital (Norwich)
Yale-New Haven Hospital
How It Spreads
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.
There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.
While the best way to prevent illness is to avoid virus exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention always recommends taking preventive actions to contain the spread of viruses. This includes:
- 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 wipes.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.