TRENTON, NJ — For the fifth consecutive month, Gov. Phil Murphy has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures.

For instance, hospitalizations are down 94 percent from New Jersey's peak and 12 percent from June 17, and the number of patients in hospital intensive care units has declined 89 percent from the peak and 38 percent from June 17. Likewise, patients on ventilators have dropped by 90 percent from the peak and 31 percent since June 17.

The extension of the public health emergency means we’ll have the authority to remain vigilant and prepared to act should there be a new outbreak of COVID-19, Murphy said at his July 2 press briefing, where he made the announcement of Executive Order 162. "Even though we have lots of positive data to see, we still have challenges ahead." 

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Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed, which is what the governor did on July 2. He signed the previous extensions on April 7, May 6 and June 4.

Click here for Executive Order 162. This public health emergency order is different from the stay-at-home order, signed by Murphy on March 21, which remains in effect until it is revoked or modified by the governor and does not require monthly extensions. Click here for Executive Order 108.

New Jersey's numbers as of July 2 were: 1,027 hospitalized patients, with 216 patients in either critical or intensive care and 170 ventilators in use. There also were 51 new COVID19 patients admitted and 83 live discharges.

In addition, an executive order raising the limit on crowd size for outdoor gatherings from 250 to 500 people took effect at 6 a.m. on July 3. Limits on all indoor gatherings — 25 percent of capacity, but with a maximum of 100 people — remain unchanged.

“Increasing the outdoor capacity limit has been made possible by continued progress against COVID-19,” Murphy said. “The hard work of the residents of our state is allowing us to make this move, and will make it much easier to hold important events like graduation ceremonies in the coming months.”

Click here for Executive Order 161.

Later on July 2, Gov. Murphy announced that indoor public and private swimming pools could open at 25 percent capacity with proper social distancing in place. Outdoor pools have been opened at 50 percent capacity since June 22. Click here for Executive Directive 20-022.

Moreover, he said that "as a sign of rebirth for our state, our flags will return to full-staff" on the Fourth of July. For the past 90 days, flags have been at half-staff in memory of New Jerseyans lost to COVID19.

Help for Business Owners

During his July 2 briefing, Murphy also announced that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) has created the Entrepreneur Support Program to help support emerging businesses and startups.

"By working alongside investors, we’re strengthening the system through which these businesses receive their capital," Murphy said. "Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Jersey EDA has helped assist our business community and position our economy for long-term health as we continue our restart and recovery."

Help for Renters

Murphy announced emergency rental assistance is available for New Jersey renters who have experienced a substantial loss of income due to the COVID19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs beginning on Monday, July 6. Learn more by clicking here

"We have to keep up with the practices that have gotten us this far in the past three months," Murphy said. "We are a model for the nation on how to responsibly restart. Let’s keep it that way."

Below is Gov. Murphy's July 2 press briefing:


In Monmouth County, as of July 2, there were 61 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 9,366. There were three new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in Monmouth County to 717.

The breakdown of positive COVID-19 cases by municipality is as follows:

  • Aberdeen: 246
  • Allenhurst: 8
  • Allentown: 9
  • Asbury Park: 316
  • Atlantic Highlands: 39
  • Avon-by-the-Sea: 12
  • Belmar: 46 (Belmar officials reported there are 10 current cases after recoveries and individuals who live in other municipalities but share the Belmar 07719 zip code were removed from the borough’s total.)
  • Bradley Beach: 61
  • Brielle: 37
  • Colts Neck: 89
  • Deal: 37
  • Eatontown: 310
  • Englishtown: 49
  • Fair Haven: 29
  • Farmingdale: 15
  • Freehold Borough: 418
  • Freehold Township: 700
  • Hazlet: 335
  • Highlands: 34
  • Holmdel: 319
  • Howell: 686
  • Interlaken: 4
  • Keansburg: 201
  • Keyport: 107
  • Lake Como: 18
  • Little Silver: 40
  • Loch Arbour: 1
  • Long Branch: 632
  • Manalapan: 503
  • Manasquan: 36
  • Marlboro: 507
  • Matawan: 214
  • Middletown: 756
  • Millstone Township: 89
  • Monmouth Beach: 22
  • Neptune City: 67
  • Neptune Township: 633
  • Ocean: 367
  • Oceanport: 66
  • Red Bank: 260
  • Roosevelt: 7
  • Rumson: 48
  • Sea Bright: 12
  • Sea Girt: 15
  • Shrewsbury Borough: 57
  • Shrewsbury Township: 11
  • Spring Lake: 19
  • Spring Lake Heights: 26
  • Tinton Falls: 235
  • Union Beach: 49
  • Upper Freehold: 66
  • Wall: 417
  • West Long Branch: 77
  • Unknown: 9

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