BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- The number of Bloomfield residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 has climbed to eight as of today while more are awaiting results.  There is no specific information on those who have recently tested positive. With the total number of positive cases in the state hitting 890, up 155 in one day, Governor Murphy has announced that all non-essential businesses will be shut down throughout the state by tomorrow evening. These closures are indefinite. 

Murphy did not give specifics as he said the next 24 hours will bring even more changes.  His Executive Order was not issued at the time of writing.  This new order will piggyback on Executive Order No. 104, implementing aggressive social distancing measures to mitigate further spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey. Among the directives, Governor Murphy’s Executive Order indefinitely closes all public and private preschool, elementary and secondary schools, and institutions of higher education, as well as closes all casinos, racetracks, gyms, movie theaters, and performing arts centers. The order also mandates that all non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses must cease daily operations from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. All restaurant establishments, with or without a liquor license, are limited to offering only delivery and/or take out-services only, both during daytime hours and after 8 pm.

The list of what businesses are considered essential will be available as soon as it's released by the Governor's office. This is an evolving story and will be updated as we receive further information.