Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Monday, May 4, 2020

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coronavirus Outbreak New Jersey

People wear protective face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus as they walk on the beach in Belmar, N.J., Saturday, May 2, 2020.

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NEW JERSEY — Below you will find the most up-to-date information on coronavirus news impacting New Jersey. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page.

12 p.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy held a coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below.

  • All schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year amid the coronavirus outbreak, Murphy announced ahead of his news conference. Students, parents and school districts will continue with remote learning through the end of school in June. The Department of Education will hold meetings on potential summer programs and the reopening school buildings for the 2020-2021 school year Read more.
  • The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association has advised against the resumption of spring sports due to a lack of testing, viable treatments and vaccine for COVID-19.
  • DOE has applied for $310 million in federal education aid, including $280 million to help districts cover costs of various needs, such as educational technology as well as cleaning and sanitizing buildings and classrooms.
  • Murphy is rescinding Executive Order No. 73, which mandated the state to achieve a surplus of $1.28 billion by the end of 2020. “This is no longer feasible,” as the budget is ravaged by spending to fight COVID-19, Murphy said.
  • The governor plans to veto “a number” of bills approved by the state Legislature that allocated funding to various programs and organizations due to the budget crisis. “Cuts to critical services is inevitable,” in an emergency, Murphy said.
  • “A fiscal disaster is not months away,” it will be here in a matter of weeks, Murphy warned.
  • The number of cases rose by more than 1,000 to 128,269 statewide.
  • The death toll rose to 7,910 after 45 new fatalities were reported in the state.
  • Murphy said he believes a technical error in reporting caused a spike in the new case numbers and fatalities.
  • Of those sick, 5,287 are hospitalized, 1,610 are in the ICU, 1,189 are on ventilators.
  • There were 362 new hospitalizations and 335 patients were discharged.
  • There was an “overwhelming compliance” with residents in parks and beaches over the weekend as warm weather drew many people outside, State Police Superintendent Pat Callahan said.

Latest official numbers:
As of Sunday, there were 7,871 confirmed coronavirus fatalities in New Jersey, with confirmed cases in the state rising to 126,744.

For a list of drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in New Jersey, click here.

Tips to protect yourself and others amid coronavirus outbreaks

Call New Jersey’s coronavirus hotline at 1-800-222-1222. You can also click here for additional information.

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