UPDATED: 5:30 p.m.
On Twitter, before his coronavirus media briefing, the governor announced that, starting July 6, New Jersey high schools and colleges — any schools — may hold outdoor graduation ceremonies, as long as social distancing measures are in place.
"This guidance may require multiple ceremonies to be held across different times and even different days to ensure proper social distancing."
The governor said specifics — such as how many people would be allowed to attend — would be forthcoming from the state education department.
Underlying all of it, said the governor, is continued adherence to the health and safety of all involved.
State health officials reported 703 new cases of COVID-19, for a statewide total of 155,764. In addition, Murphy said, 54 more deaths from the illness were reported since his last briefing. The total number of New Jersey dead from the virus is at least 11,191.
New cases at nursing homes and long-term care facilities are far down from the peak, said the governor. And key hospital measurements are continuing to trend in a direction that he said is allowing the state to move forward.
New Jersey hospitals have 2,723 COVID-19 patients, which is about 1,500 fewer than two weeks ago, he said. The number of patients in critical and intensive care is down to 786, about 450 fewer than two weeks ago. The number of ventilators in use has dropped by 350 from two weeks ago.
And while 134 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus on Monday, he said, almost as many, 131 patients, were discharged on the same day.
Camden County officials are encouraging every resident over age 18 to get a coronavirus test. The overarching goal is to collect more data.
Officials say that, because about one-third of the people who get COVID-19 are asymptomatic, they're are asking everyone to get tested.RiteAid in Barrington has a large stock of tests available, and other stores such as CVS and Walmart are increasing stock in the coming weeks.“If you do test positive, we will be able to do contact tracing, make sure you get health care, and make sure those you came in contact with are tested as well, Freeholder Lou Cappelli said.
He says people don’t need a doctor’s referral to register for a test at RiteAid.com.“If you are a first responder and want to get tested, you can register to get tested at our Blackwood testing site.”He says essential workers can register for tests at CamdenCounty.com