TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy announced on Sunday, May 24, via his Twitter account that New Jersey had 1,065 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 154,154. Of those cases, 2,857 are in hospitals, 760 are in critical or intensive care, and 639 are on ventilators.The governor also announced 52 more new deaths, pushing New Jersey's total to 11,133 lives lost.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases (by County):
Atlantic: 1,961 • Bergen: 17,804 • Burlington: 4,308 • Camden: 6,024 • Cape May: 561 • Cumberland: 1,947 • Essex: 17,142 • Gloucester: 2,066 • Hudson: 17,977 • Hunterdon: 960 • Mercer: 6,413 • Middlesex: 15,351 • Monmouth: 7,800 • Morris: 6,207 • Ocean: 8,372 • Passaic: 15,686 • Salem: 552 • Somerset: 4,450 • Sussex: 1,079 • Union: 15,169 • Warren: 1,125 • Under Investigation: 1,200

Confirmed COVID-19 Deaths (by County):
Atlantic: 144 • Bergen: 1,525 • Burlington: 270 • Camden: 307 • Cape May: 48 • Cumberland: 63 • Essex: 1,595 • Gloucester: 134 • Hudson: 1,139 • Hunterdon: 57 • Mercer: 449 • Middlesex: 955 • Monmouth: 556 • Morris: 592 • Ocean: 686 • Passaic: 890 • Salem: 28 • Somerset: 399 • Sussex: 145 • Union: 1,025 • Warren: 126

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According to COVID19.nj.gov, the demographics of positive cases is:

  • White: 53.5%
  • Hispanic (all races): 19.1%
  • Black: 18.6%
  • Asian: 5.5%
  • Other: 3.4%

Meanwhile, statistically, the highest number of positive cases is among people age 30-49: 32% of the state total.

Age range (years) 

  •     0 to 4: 690 (< 1%)
  •     5 to 17: 2,837 (1.8%)
  •     18 to 29: 19,317 (12.6%)
  •     30 to 49: 49,216 (32.0%)
  •     50 to 64: 44,199 (28.7%)
  •     65 to 79: 22,394 (14.6%)
  •     80+: 15,200 (9.9%)

However, people age 65+ account for more than half of the total number of deaths, according to COVID19.nj.gov. There have been over 20,000 cases at 536 New Jersey nursing homes, resulting in 5,619 deaths among senior citizens.

On Sunday morning, Murphy appeared on CNN, again lobbying for federal funding to help pay for first responders and front line workers.

"It's about keeping those frontline workers in their jobs, doing the heroic work they're doing, at our hour of need, in the biggest health care crisis in the history of our country," he told interviewer Dana Dash.

On Friday, the governor announced a budget for the next four months that included cuts and deferments totaling more than $5 billion.

"This includes potentially laying off educators, firefighters, police, EMS, health care workers," Murphy said. "This is real. It's not a blue state issue. It's an American issue," Murphy said.