On Thursday, the Governor announced that there were 406 new positive results and 26 deaths for COVID-19 since the day before. The Governor also announced that they identified an additional 1,854 probable deaths. These are fatalities in which no test was conducted but the cause of death was most likely attributed to the virus.
Meanwhile, the ROT (rate of transmission) is .88, a slight increase in recent days. The Governor and the Health Commissioner stated this week that even though some of the metrics have increased slightly, they remain comfortable with continuing with Stage 2 of reopening. But they also continue to caution to exercise good hygiene, social distancing, wearing face masks, and testing.
Today, the Governor will join the Commissioner of the Department of Education to discuss guidance on the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.
Nationally, approximately 1.5 million filed new unemployment claims and 19.5 million have currently received unemployment. In New Jersey alone, about 33,000 new unemployment claims were filed.
Since last Friday, the Governor has taken the following action:
Executive Order 156 - Increased Indoor and Outdoor Gathering Capacity Limits
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, email@example.com, 609-695-3481 x120.