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Posted on: December 28, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Week of December 21 COVID-19 Update

Today, Governor Murphy announced that there were 4,871 new positive cases and an additional 80 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 449,842 confirmed cases, and 16,599 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at 0.97. Since August, there have been 459 cases linked to 105 school outbreaks.

The State continues to ask residents to download and use the new Covid Alert NJ, the State’s exposure notification smart phone app.

 Since our last update, Governor Murphy issued the following COVID-19 related Executive Orders:

Executive Order 210: extends the Public Health Emergency for additional 30 days.

Executive Order 211: postpones the February Fire District elections, March special school elections and all other special elections scheduled from January 12 to April 19 for filing vacancies to April 20, 2021. The manner in which the election will be conducted will be determined in the new year.

On Monday, the Department of Human Services announced the launch of two new helplines in partnership with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care to provide emotional support and crisis counseling to health care workers and first responders impacted by COVID-19. Live support is available 8 am to 8 pm daily, with emergency support available 24/7. RISE: NJ First Responders COVID Hope & Healing Helpline for law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS professionals and others can be reached at 1-833-237-4325. HEAL NJ Healthcare Workers COVID Hope & Healing Helpline can be reached at 1-833-416-8773.

On Wednesday, the Department of Labor announced 17,611 new applications for unemployment.

Contact: Lori Buckelew, Assistant Executive Director,, 609-695-3481 x112.

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