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.
Gov. Phil Murphy held a coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below.
COVID-19 in nursing homes
- Murphy acknowledged the devastation that coronavirus outbreaks have had in long-term care facilities.
- There have been 5,232 deaths in long-term care facilities since the outbreak began. More than 33,600 residents have tested positive.
- “We are ready to do better,” he said.
- The state has received a new report on how nursing homes can better protect residents and reopen to visitors amid the pandemic.
- The state will use at least $10 million in coronavirus relief funds to enact nursing home reforms.
- COVID-19 exacerbated longstanding, underlying systemic issues affecting nursing home care, the report says.
- A representative of the 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers union said the report was a thorough “jumping off point” and called for short-term moves via executive action to help residents and staff.
- COVID-19 in nursing home report recommendations
- Strengthen emergency response capacity: New nursing home emergency operations center; Forward-looking testing plan; Strengthen resident and family communications.
- Stabilize facilities and bolster workforce: Ensure staff have access to paid sick leave; Institute wage enhancements; Implement minimum staffing ratios for direct care; Create a medical to ensure payments are used for patient care.
- Increase transparency and accountability: Institute new procedures to better regulate and monitor facility ownership with a focus on increasing transparency; Improve oversight of and increase penalties for nursing homes; Centralize long-term care data collection and processing.
- Build a more resilient and higher quality system: Improve safety and quality infrastructure in nursing home – including requiring facilities to maintain Infection Control Preventionists; Strengthen state agency organization and alignment around long-term care operations.
- An additional 112 people have died, bringing the total to 11,880.
- The total number of cases statewide is now 162,068.
- Of those sick, 2,250 are hospitalized, 612 are in ICUs and 459 are on ventilators.
- Two new cases of COVID-19-linked MIS-C have been confirmed in the state, for a total of 34 children. There are no deaths, but six children are still hospitalized.
- Murphy is signing an executive order with guidance to allow restaurants and bars to begin offering in-person outdoor dining on June 15. Tables seating individual groups must be 6 feet apart, and other safety and sanitation protocols must be followed.
- The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control will issue a special ruling to allow liquor license-holders to apply for a one-time permit to expand their premises for service. Local ordinances must be complied with and municipal approval will be a requirement.
- When asked about indoor weddings, Murphy said he understands people need to plan ceremonies in advance but the inside gathering is still an issue and there is no timeline for that yet.
Social distancing and protests
- All demonstrations in New Jersey on Tuesday ended peacefully, State Police Superintendent Patrick Callahan said.
As of Wednesday morning, New Jersey has 161,545 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with the death toll rising to 11,770 in the Garden State.