TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Murphy updated the latest statewide COVID-19 numbers at his Friday afternoon press briefing in Trenton.

The governor annouced 585 new positive COVID-19 test results, pushing our statewide total since March 4 to 187,164. There are currently 514 patients in New Jersey hospitals (278 COVID-positive patients and 236 "persons under investigation" pending the return of test results). Of those, those, 91 patients are in ICUs, while 40 ventilators are in use in New Jersey.

The percent positivity rate for tests from August 10th was 1.63%, while the rate of transmission remains below the target rate of 1.0 at 0.92.

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"We need to keep these numbers down: social distance, wear a mask, wash your hands, work with contact tracers," the governor said.

185 new contact tracers 1,529 tracers on-the-ground All but five counties have 15 contact tracers for every 100,000 residents More than 17 contact tracers per 100,000 residents statewide.