Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Monday, May 11, 2020

People wearing protective face coverings hike at Shark River Park in Wall Township, N.J., Saturday, May 2, 2020.

 

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 daily COVID-19 briefing. Watch live below.

 

State funding assistance

  • Murphy implored Congress to provide funding to state and local governments in the next coronavirus stimulus package, warning that New Jersey is weeks away from financial devastation. "A fiscal disaster is not months away – hard decisions will be on our doorstep in just a few weeks," he said.

  • Sen. Bob Menendez joined the governor's briefing to discuss his push in Congress for more federal aid for New Jersey.

  • The senator is sponsoring legislation with Sen. Bill Cassidy that would provide $500 billion to state and local governments to ensure essential services like law enforcement, education and health care can continue.

  • Menendez said he is optimistic about securing funding for "front-line states" as more Republicans are seeing outbreaks in their states and Democrats have continued to support the aid.

  • Several Republicans who previously were not supporting state funding are expected this week to cross the aisle and join Democrats' push.

 

COVID-19 outbreak indicators

  • New Jersey reported 59 new fatalities, bringing the death toll to 9,310.

  • There are 1,453 new positive cases, for a statewide total of 139,945.

  • The statewide positivity rate was 26% on May 7: “We’re seeing real progress in declining positivity rates,” Murphy said.

  • Of those sick, 4,195 are hospitalized, 1,255 are in ICUs, and 970 are on ventilators. While 179 people were hospitalized on Sunday, an additional 227 were discharged.

  • In nursing homes statewide, 26,397residents are positive for coronavirus and 4,890 have died since the outbreak began.

  • Murphy said he is "hopeful" to be able to give "hard dates" on the state's reopening plan later this week.

  • On Tuesday, more details will be revealed regarding testing and contact tracing, which is key to reopening.

 

COVID-related syndrome affecting kids

  • Since the state issued an alert last week about pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome, officials have received eight reports of possible cases.

  • The investigations are still in the very early stages and it’s not yet confirmed all eight are pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome or if they are all connected to COVID-19.

 

Additional announcements

  • Federal government will cover 100% of the costs of National Guard orders through June 24.

 

State parks

  • Parks police reported an "inordinate amount of urine and feces being left behind in parks" over the weekend, State Police Superintendent Pat Callahan said.

  • There is a "zero tolerance" policy for anyone who is caught in such a situation, Callahan said.

  • "We understand restrooms are closed but people should be planning accordingly instead of urinating in bottles and leaving them behind," Callahan said.

  • Callahan warned access to state parks could change if this behavior continues.

  • Murphy added he’d like to see more face coverings in parks.

 

Clarity on "Wave Parades"

  • Callahan offered some clarity on a letter he sent out over the weekend that warned school officials to cancel or dissuade people from organizing so-called "wave parades" for senior students graduating this spring.

  • Police cannot or would not prevent people in vehicles from driving by the home of a graduate and waving from inside their vehicle while the student stands in the yard with his or her family, Callahan said.

  • What cannot be permitted is gatherings of students on school grounds, in school stadiums or outside of town group "wave parade," which would violate state executive orders, Callahan said.

 

Latest official numbers:
As of Sunday night, New Jersey had 138,532 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with the state's death toll rising to 9,255.

For a list of drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in New Jersey, click here.

Tips to protect yourself and others amid coronavirus outbreaks

Call New Jersey's coronavirus hotline at 1-800-222-1222. 

 

You can also click here for additional information.

 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-2019)

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