Covid-19 State News

Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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.

11 a.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy held a coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below.
Reopening plans

  • New Jersey schools can hold socially distanced outdoor graduation ceremonies beginning July 6. The eased restrictions on graduation ceremonies applies to more than just high schools and colleges. Ceremonies could be for graduations “of any sort,” Murphy said. The Department of Education will release guidance on how schools can go about planning ceremonies on Wednesday.
  • Professional sports teams can return to training and competition, if the leagues choose to do so. State officials have had discussions with local teams about new protocols for players, coaches and personnel.
  • The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded $91.5 million to help replace the Portal Bridge.

Health data

  • The statewide total of positive cases stands at 155,764, with 703 new results confirmed.
  • There are 30,714 cases of coronavirus in nursing homes and lab-confirmed deaths rose to 4,768.
  • Of those sick statewide, 2,723 are hospitalized, 786 are in ICUs and 578 are on ventilators.
  • An additional 54 fatalities were reported Monday, bringing the death toll to 11,191.
  • Murphy noted that the holiday weekend is likely causing a delay in reporting cases and deaths, which may account for the unusually low numbers announced Tuesday.
  • New Jersey still leads the nation in the number of patients in hospitals per 100,000 people.
  • There has been a 40% decline in childhood vaccinations and 60% decline in vaccinations in children under two years old, Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said.


  • There are 23 reported cases in children, who range in age from 1 to 18 years old.
  • No children have died.
  • All of the children were hospitalized and 15 have been discharged.
  • Some of the children required intensive care in the hospital.
  • “Many” of the children have also tested positive for COVID-19, Persichilli said.

Social distancing enforcement over Memorial Day weekend

  • About a dozen compliance issues were reported between Friday and Monday night, NJ State Police Superintendent Patrick Callahan.
  • A person in Monmouth was cited for holding a house party and serving alcohol to under age individuals.
  • In Wildwood, a motel owner was cited for renting rooms to unauthorized people at two locations.
  • In Elizabeth, a restaurant owner was cited for serving customers inside and outside the establishment.
  • In Long Beach Township, over 50 under-age people were caught having a party with alcohol.
9:45 a.m.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced that starting July 6, New Jersey schools can hold socially distanced outdoor graduation ceremonies.

Latest official numbers:
As of Tuesday morning, New Jersey has 155,092 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with the coronavirus death toll rising to 11,144.

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