Covid-19 State News

Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Friday, September 18, 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 a coronavirus briefing. Watch in video below.

Tackling pollution in minority communities

  • Ensuring environmental justice is important.

Economic equality

  • Millionaire’s tax and tax relief for lower and middle-class families.

2020 Census

  • There are only 12 days left.
  • Pushing to see every county push to surpass where they were 10 years ago.
  • Visit for a 2020 Census event near you

Daily health indicators

  • New cases: 519 (Statewide total: 198,848 )
  • 413 people are hospitalized, 73 are in ICUs and 36 are on ventilators.
  • New deaths: 5 (Death toll: 14,270)
  • The daily percent positive for tests: 2.19%
  • The statewide rate of transmission: 1.08

Increase in cases

  • Many linked to gatherings (not just parties, also funerals)
  • Ocean and Monmouth counties see spike in cases. 


  • Ocean County reports triple-digit day — what is the reason?
    • Dr. Christina Tan: We’re seeing common patterns, a lot associated with gatherings. You can gather socially, but just do it safely.
  • Less hospitalizations, ICU admissions, etc. is that a good sign?
    • The system is working. Whether you look at this through schools, state level, local authorities. The system feels like it is working, but it doesn’t mean there are no concerns.
    • Concerns of more indoor gatherings.
  • Budget
    • Anyone who gets that check should not view it as a gimmick.
    • We’re still making final adjustments on budget.
Latest news
  • NJ Assembly committee has approved bill that would fine people up to $500 for not wearing masks in stores.

Recent numbers
As of Thursday afternoon, there were 198,361 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Jersey with 14,266 coronavirus fatalities

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