TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today at his daily COVID-19 press conference that beginning Fri, May 22, New Jerseyans will be able to take a self-administered, self-swab COVID-19 test at seven Walmart locations across the state in Burlington, Flemington, Garfield, Howell, Kearney, Mount Laurel and North Bergen.

These drive-up locations will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. three days a week (weather permitting) by appointment only.

“More testing equals more people will know their health status. More people knowing their health status equals more peace of mind,” the governor said. “More testing equals more data. More data equals more steps forward.”

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Some additional news:

  • New Jersey hospitals currently have 3,405 patients being treated for COVID-19, and field medical stations reported just 47 patients.
  • Number of patients reported in either critical or intensive care fell to 969.
  • Ventilator use dropped to 750.
  • There were 261 new COVID-19 hospitalizations versus 282 live patients discharged yesterday.

“The total number of hospitalizations is now well less than half of what it was just four weeks ago,” Murphy said. “The rate of new cases at our long-term care facilities continues downward from the peak. The numbers of lab-confirmed deaths associated with our long-term care facilities are also decreasing from the peak.”

“We’ve lost an additional 168 New Jerseyans to COVID-19, bringing our total of loss of life to 10,747,” Murphy said. “We have 1,670 new positive COVID-19, bringing our overall total to 150,399,” the governor reported.

Total Positive COVID-19 cases: 150,399 (by County):
Atlantic: 1,875 • Bergen: 17,518 • Burlington: 4,058 • Camden: 5,738 • Cape May: 531 • Cumberland: 1,830 • Essex: 16,852 • Gloucester: 1,966 • Hudson: 17,748 • Hunterdon: 920 • Mercer: 6,162 • Middlesex: 14,954 • Monmouth: 7,541 • Morris: 6,139 • Ocean: 8,165 • Passaic: 15,426 • Salem: 481 • Somerset: 4,349 • Sussex: 1,069 • Union: 15,122 • Warren: 1,100 • Under Investigation: 855

Total COVID-19 Deaths: 10,747 (by County):
Atlantic: 126 • Bergen: 1,500 • Burlington: 249 • Camden: 286 • Cape May: 42 • Cumberland: 57 • Essex: 1,569 • Gloucester: 127 • Hudson: 1,106 • Hunterdon: 55 • Mercer: 431 • Middlesex: 913 • Monmouth: 531 • Morris: 581 • Ocean: 656 • Passaic: 855 • Salem: 23 • Somerset: 384 • Sussex: 140 • Union: 994 • Warren: 122.

During the press conference, Murphy also said that he has been in touch with the owners of sports teams of the state about their possible return.