ELIZABETH, NJ - The number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Union County is now 432, with three confirmed deaths.

New Jersey added 2,492 new cases, with the total statewide up to 6,876 cases, with the death toll increasing by 19 to 81 total deaths, according to the state Department of Health.

Berkeley Heights has had 16 reported cases, of which two are newly reported and  two cases have fully recovered. Only the initial case was hospitalized, and since has been discharged and is home. 

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There are 60.115 cases in the United States, with 827 deaths; worldwide, there are 451,355 cases and 20,499 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Gov. Murphy announced at Thursday's press conference the earliest schools will re-open is April 17, 2020.

The U.S. Senate late last night passed a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package designed to soften the economic blow for American workers and businesses. The bill now goes to the House, where it is expected to pass on Friday. Trump said he would sign it. Gov. Murphy also announced at Thursday's press conference, President Trump approved The New Jersey Disaster relief application.

The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development received 155,815 new claims for unemployment insurance for the week ending March 21 – a 1,546 percent increase over the prior week – and stark evidence of how dramatically COVID-19 is impacting the state’s workforce and businesses. This is by far the Labor Department’s highest total of single-week claims in memory, the department said. Initial claims spiked past 46,000 in a single week after Superstorm Sandy in November 2012, and shot up to 25,385 for a week in July 2010, the low point of the last recession.