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NEW JERSEY – Developments in the new coronavirus outbreak continue to unfold rapidly in New Jersey now that the number of cases has risen to 126,744, and 7,871 people have died. Patch will be running regular updates as more information is released, and lists of towns and counties with patients – as well as the areas hit hardest by the disease's tragic impact – are below.
Gov. Phil Murphy said he's nearly ready to say whether schools will reopen or not amid the coronavirus outbreak, and that decision could be announced during a 12 noon news conference on Monday. Patch will cover it live. Read more: Gov. Murphy To Make Decision On NJ Schools In Coronavirus Crisis
Murphy also announced on Sunday that New Jersey had 3,144 new cases of the coronavirus and 137 more deaths.
Also on Sunday, Murphy made an announcement with NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the coronavirus outbreak in New Jersey during a 12 p.m. news conference, saying northeastern states will form a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment. Read more: Gov. Murphy: NJ, PA, NY Working Together On Coronavirus PPE
Murphy, speaking during a Fox News interview on Sunday, reiterated his claim that New Jersey could be heading toward "armageddon" if President Trump and the Republican Senate do not supply his and other states with direct cash assistance. He said police, firefighers and EMTs need the money to stay employed "in our hour of need."
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Murphy offered a broad reopening plan on Monday, April 27, providing a six-point outline to "restart New Jersey and put the state on the road to recovery." Read more: Gov. Murphy Issues 6-Point NJ Reopen Plan In Coronavirus Crisis
Murphy issued a stay-at-home order on Saturday, March 21, closing all non-essential business. Read more: Gov. Murphy Announces NJ 'Stay-At-Home' Order Due To Coronavirus
Murphy, speaking during a Thursday, April 16 press conference, said schools will remain closed through May 15. Read more: Gov. Murphy: NJ Schools Shut Through May 15 In Coronavirus Crisis
Murphy said on Wednesday, April 29 that he's reopening state and county parks and golf courses. Read more: Gov. Murphy To Reopen State, County Parks, Golf In NJ Coronavirus Crisis
Murphy ordered stores across New Jersey on Wednesday, April 8 to require shoppers to wear face coverings or masks. Here's how you can get yours, and how the new rule will be enforced. Read more: NJ Shoppers Must Wear Masks: Where To Get Them, How It's Enforced
Here are 10 resources for you and your family to utilize as you navigate through the outbreak: Unemployment, Tests, Food: 10 NJ Resources In Coronavirus Crisis
New Jersey's courts suspended all new jury trials until further notice, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner said on Thursday, March 12. Read more: Coronavirus Throws Monkey Wrench Into New Jersey Court System
Murphy said during a live press conference on Wednesday, March 25 that he's ordering many day care centers to shut amid the coronavirus outbreak. Read more: Gov. Murphy To Shut Many Day Care Centers Amid Coronavirus Crisis
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory for New Jersey. Read more: CDC Travel Advisory For NJ: No Coronavirus Travel Ban From Trump
Here is where the cases were reported in New Jersey as of Sunday, May 3:
Here is where deaths were reported in New Jersey as of Sunday, May 3:
Cape May: 24
Here is a list of the New Jersey towns where cases have been identified as of Sunday, May 3:
Bass River Township
Buena Vista Township
East Amwell Township
Egg Harbor City
Egg Harbor Township
Fairfield Township (Cumberland)
Fairfield Township (Essex)
Fort Lee (1st case)
Franklin Township (Gloucester)
Franklin Township (Hunterdon)
Franklin Township (Warren)
Greenwich Township (Cumberland)
Greenwich Township (Warren)
Hamilton Township (Atlantic)
Hamilton Township (Mercer)
Harrison Township (Gloucester)
Hopewell Township (Cumberland)
Hopewell Township (Mercer)
Lawrence Township (Cumberland)
Lawrence Township (Mercer)
Little Ferry (1st death)
Lower Alloways Creek
Maurice River Township
Monroe Township (Gloucester)
Monroe Township (Middlesex)
Ocean Township (Waretown)
Old Bridge Township
Sea Isle City
South Bound Brook
South Harrison Township
South Toms River
Spring Lake Heights
Springfield (Burlington County)
Springfield (Union County)
Stow Creek Township
Union Township (Hunterdon)
Union Township (Union)
Upper Deerfield Township
Upper Pittsgrove Township
Upper Saddle River
Washington Township (Bergen)
Washington Township (Gloucester)
Washington Township (Morris)
Washington Township (Warren)
West Amwell Township
West Cape May
West Long Branch
How It Spreads
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.
There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.
While the best way to prevent illness is to avoid virus exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention always recommends taking preventive actions to contain the spread of viruses. This includes:
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.