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Emergency Management & Public Health

Posted on: June 19, 2020

Week of June 15, 2020 COVID-19 Update

On Thursday, the Governor announced that there were 442 additional positive results since yesterday and 38 deaths. That brings the statewide totals to 168,107 positive results and 12,800 COVID-19 related deaths. Yesterday, 73 people were admitted to the hospital while 134 people were released bringing total hospitalization to 1,268. Only 4 patients remain at the field hospitals, 319 patients are in critical care units and 257 are on ventilators.  

Meanwhile, the ROT (rate of transmission) is .75. Since the State’s peak in April, the number of new hospitalizations is down 91%, total hospitalizations are down 84% and ventilator use is also down 85%. 

Today the Governor issued an Administrative Order announcing that indoor malls can open on June 29 with the following parameters: 

  • Common areas in the mall, food courts, movie theater, and amusement areas must remain closed;
  • Each retail store will be limited to 50% capacity;
  • Restaurants to offer take-out and/or outside dining;
  • Shoppers and employees will be required to wear face coverings; and
  • Mall owners must develop plans regarding pedestrian flow. 
  • In addition, the AO also clarifies that libraries can deliver to patrons in addition to curbside pickup. 

The Governor noted NJ Census 2020 response rate is 63.4%.

In New Jersey 26,392 new unemployment claims were filed bringing the total claims to 1,061,522. To date $7.2 billion in benefits have been paid.

Nationally, for the second consecutive week, approximately 1.5 million filed new unemployment claims; and since March over 45 million have sought benefits across the country.     

Since last Friday, the Governor has taken the following actions:

Executive Order 154  Executive Order Allowing Personal Care Service Facilities to Open Effective June 22.

Executive Order 155  Executive Order Allowing for Limited In-Person Instruction at Institutions of Higher Education and Trade and Training Schools Beginning July 1.

Considering the current pandemic, we remind you of NJ Mental Health Cares; the state’s behavioral health information and referral service offer assistance to people dealing with anxiety and stress-related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Residents can call 1-866-202-HELP (4357) for free, confidential support. NJ Mental Health Cares will be answered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week by live trained specialists.

See the League COVID-19 page for all our resources and communications.

Contact: Michael F. Cerra, Assistant Executive Director,, 609-695-3481 x120.

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