BY THE NUMBERS: Positive Cases Reach Nearly 6,900, Statewide Deaths at 81, 32% of All Tests Positive

NEW JERSEY — Schools will remain closed for at least another three weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Phil Murphy said at his daily press briefing on March 26.

“We will not be prepared to revisit the closure until at least April 17, at the very earliest,” he said. “The decision to reopen will be based on careful discussion with our public health and safety experts, and with our educators and districts. We will be guided by the facts on the ground.”

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Ordered closed on March 18, the schools were originally set to reopen around April 1. Students are currently completing their studies through remote instruction.

Other briefing highlights included:

  • New Jersey added 2,492 positive tests for the coronavirus for a total of 6,876.
  • Of 19,364 total tests given, 6,137 reported positive results for COV-19 — or nearly 32 percent.
  • COVID-19 was associated with 19 additional deaths for a total of 81 lives lost throughout the state.
  • In Monmouth County, state officials said there were 179 new positive cases — for a total of 501 —  and two more deaths related to the coronavirus. Monmouth County officials later reported 506 new positive cases in the county. 
  • The remaining 17 deaths were reported in the following counties: four in Essex, three in Bergen, three in Middlesex, two in Morris, two in Burlington and one each in Ocean, Passaic and Somerset. Three deaths were related to long-term care facilities. 
  • 436 positive results were from tests performed at the PNC Bank Arts Center and Bergen Community College community testing sites.
  • 43 of 375 long-term care facilities in New Jersey have at least one resident testing positive for the coronavirus.
  • At St Joseph's Senior Home in Woodbridge, there were 24 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases among 94 residents, and another five staff members of its 78-member work force also tested positive. There have been three deaths among residents related to the virus. All residents have since been moved to CareOne in the Whippany section of Hanover.
  • A total of four Department of Corrections officers have tested positive. None had contact with inmates.
  • President Donald J. Trump has issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of New Jersey, paving the way for the state to receive federal assistance to supplement statewide recovery efforts affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning on January 20, 2020.
  • New Jersey Economic Development Authority approved a suite of new programs designed to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the coronavirus. For more information, click here
  • This Saturday, March 28, PNC Bank Arts Center and Bergen Community College community testing sites will accept only symptomatic health care workers and first-responders. Beginning Sunday, the sites will move to a new schedule, which will be posted on Every Saturday beginning on April 4, the PNC Bank Arts Center site will be dedicated to symptomatic health care workers and first-responders with valid credentials only.



A new, online COVID-19 Information Hub has been created by the N.J. Office of Innovation, providing live updates, resources and other vital information on the coronavirus.

For more information on novel coronavirus, click here to access the N.J. Department of Health website and click here for the latest details from CDC. 

Anyone with questions can call the N.J. Poison Control Center hot line at 1-800-222-1222  or email

NJ 211 has been activated to help handle COVID-19 related calls from residents. Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.

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