Covid-19 State News

Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Friday, August 21, 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.

1 p.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy held his COVID-19 briefing. Watch in video below.


  • N95 masks (Goal 5 million): 4.7 million
  • Surgical masks (Goal 13 million): 1 million +12 million on order
  • Face shields (Goal 2 million): 1.7 million
  • Ventilators: Stockpile of 1,447 with 500 on order, additional 600 in hospitals.

Contact tracers in NJ

  • More than half the people contact tracers are trying to get in contact with are not cooperating
  • Take the call and work with them.
  • Contact tracers can also link people to child-care resources
  • They will never ask for social security, finances and personal info.
  • About 1,612 contact tracers (By the end of the year,goal is to have 30 tracers per 100 people)
  • 52% of people not providing contacts to contact tracers
  • 19% not picking up contact tracers’ calls.

Testing in NJ

  • DOH and Optum are setting up mobile testing sites at senior housing facilities in Atlantic City, Camden and Trenton.Other sites coming to Elizabeth, Newark and Paterson.
  • 2.6 million tests have been conducted in NJ

COVID-19 in NJ

  • Public water, gas and electric utility shutoff moratorium extended until Oct. 15
  • Deferred payment agreements from 12-24 months will be offered from gas and electric utilities.

Overnight numbers

  • Total cases: 188,817 (313 new)
  • 1.42% positivity rate
  • 1.04 rate of transmission
  • 13 confirmed deaths (total: 14,112)


  • “We’re getting very close” to moving forward with gyms and other situations.
Recent numbers

As of Friday afternoon, there were 188,817 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Jersey with 14,112 coronavirus fatalities.

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