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Emergency Management & Public Health

Posted on: July 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Week of July 6: COVID-19 Update

Today the Governor announced that there were 367 new positive results and an additional 31 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19 since yesterday. To date, there have been 174,628 confirmed cases, and 13,532 confirmed deaths. There are also 1,854 probable deaths associated with the virus.

Of particular concern in recent days has been an increasing trend in the rate of transmission (RT). This dropped from 1.10 on Wednesday to 1.04 on Thursday. Today, the Governor announced the RT again dropped to .98. The Murphy Administration has expressed its objective to push and keep that number below 1.0.  

The Governor announced today that the Motor Vehicle Commission is extending the renewal deadlines for licenses/IDs, registrations, inspections, and temporary tags as follows: if expiring between March 1 and May 31, have been extended to September 30. If expiring between June 1 and August 31, they have been extended to December 31.

Since last Friday, the Governor has taken the following actions:

Executive Order 160: Directs U.S. and New Jersey Flags to Fly at Full Staff Starting July 3.

Executive Order 161: Increased Outdoor Gathering Capacity Limit

Executive Order 162: Extending Public Health Emergency in New Jersey.

Executive Order 163: Requiring Individuals to Wear Masks in Outdoor Public Spaces When They Cannot Social Distance. For more information on this order, please see our Town Crier blog post.  

The Federal Labor reported that new unemployment claims fell to 1.3 million in the last week, and almost 18 million American workers are currently receiving jobless benefits.

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, the State Department of Labor (DOL) and Workforce Development reported that more than 47,000 New Jersey workers filed initial unemployment claims during the week ending July 4. This is a 70% increase from the prior week, attributable to two groups, State workers who are being furloughed and those who were laid off upon the end of the school year in June.

See the League’s COVID-19 page for all our resources and communications.

Contact: Michael F. Cerra, Executive Director,, 609-695-3481 x120.

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