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Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Tuesday, June 16, 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.

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Gov. Phil Murphy is holding a coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below.
Reopening plans

  • Murphy thanked the “overwhelming majority” of residents who made the first day of Stage 2 on Monday “a successful one.”
  • The governor said people sharing a table during outdoor dining who do not live together should consider wearing a mask while not eating or drinking.

New Jersey Wind Port

  • New Jersey will build the first purpose-built marshaling and manufacturing port dedicated to the offshore wind industry.
  • When complete, the port will house multiple factories where the parts for offshore wind turbines will be built, as well as serve as the staging area to move them to the offshore wind farms along the New Jersey coast.
  • The port is “critical to our goals of 7,500 MW of offshore wind by 2035 and a 100% clean energy NJ by 2050,” Murphy said.
  • The project will be inclusive, with a focus on a diverse union workforce in its construction, and bringing women-and minority-owned businesses to the project.
  • As the state restarts its economy in the wake of COVID-19, the wind port will create thousands of green-economy jobs.
  • Construction is expected to begin in 2021 with a 25-acre manufacturing site and a 30-acre marshaling and staging site.
  • “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity,” Murphy said. “The emerging offshore wind industry gives us tremendous growth potential, and offers the opportunity to position ourselves as a leader in an emerging global industry.”
  • Tim Sullivan, the CEO of the Economic Development Authority, said the port will take a $3 to $4 million investment in construction and will generate about $500 million in economic activity a year when it’s complete.
  • “Is a central part of how we bounce back stronger and more resilient not just in the face of COVID-19 but also global warming,” he said.
  • The site that was chosen in Salem County, adjacent to PSEG, was chosen because it is not near any major bridges and offers easy access to the water, which is how the equipment will be shipped up and down the coast.

Health data

  • There are now 167,426 confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide.
  • Of those sick, 1,291 are hospitalized, 362 are in ICUs and 245 are on ventilators.
  • The state reported another 51 new deaths, for a total of 12,727 lives lost.
  • Deaths reported in nursing homes rose to 6,020.
  • The daily spot positivity rate is 2.46% from June 11.
  • The rate of virus transmission remains less than one-to-one, at .69%.
  • More than 16% of those who died of COVID-19 in New Jersey had lung-related preexisting conditions.

Inflammatory syndrome in children

  • There are two new cases of MIS-C, for a total of 42.
  • All of the children, who range in age from 1 to 18, tested positive for COVID-19 or the antibodies.
  • No deaths have been reported and four children remain hospitalized.
  • Black and Hispanic children make up more than 60% of the cases.
Latest official numbers:

As of Monday morning, a total of 167,103 people have tested postivie for COVID-19 in New Jersey, with the state’s death toll sitting at 12,676.

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