Drone footage of empty downtowns throughout New Jersey as a result of coronavirus.


Editor’s observe: This file might be up to date ceaselessly.

New Jersey has been on the entrance traces of the coronavirus outbreak since January, when Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport grew to become a serious screening and quarantine station for overseas vacationers, to March, when the primary New Jerseyans had been recognized with the illness.

Here’s a timeline of occasions based mostly on information stories and data from the state Division of Well being. 


March four

James Cai, a 32-year-old New York doctor assistant with an residence in Fort Lee, is the first person in New Jersey to be diagnosed with coronavirus


Cai developed signs of COVID-19 on March 1, went to an pressing care facility and was ultimately admitted to Hackensack College Medical Heart. 

Cai had not traveled to nations the place the virus is spreading, and has no school-aged youngsters. He mentioned he had lately attended a medical convention in Instances Sq..

After 19 days within the hospital, Cai is ultimately launched and is recovering at dwelling however nonetheless on oxygen due to the lung injury inflicted by the virus. He says that after he’s totally recovered, he needs to get again to work and assist deal with sufferers. 


March 5 

An Englewood girl turns into the second New Jerseyan to check optimistic for coronavirus. The girl, who officers would solely say is in her 30s, is handled at Englewood Well being and despatched dwelling to self-quarantine.

March 6

A Camden County man in his 60s turns into the third New Jersey resident with coronavirus. The person, who had been hospitalized since March Three, is listed in steady situation. Officers mentioned the resident of Cherry Hill had visited Cooper College Pressing Care on Route 70 in Cherry Hill earlier than he was recognized. 

Later within the day, officers announce man, 55, is New Jersey’s fourth coronavirus case. He was hospitalized at Englewood Well being since March 5.  The person had attended the Conservative Political Motion Convention in Maryland. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence additionally attended the convention, however convention officers mentioned the Englewood man didn’t work together with Trump or Pence.

A number of lawmakers, together with Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, later mentioned they’d self-quarantine out of precaution as a result of they attended the CPAC convention.


March eight

State officers announce New Jersey’s fifth and sixth residents to check optimistic for coronavirus.


One is a 70-year-old Teaneck man whose signs started on Feb. 28. The person, a well being care employee, was admitted to St. Joseph’s Medical Heart in Paterson on March 6 and was in steady situation within the intensive care unit. He’s the fourth case from Bergen County.

The opposite resident lives just some miles south in West New York. The 32-year-old man started exhibiting signs on Feb. 28 and entered Hackensack College Medical Heart on March 5.

Officers additionally mentioned two New Jersey sufferers had obtained care at CityMD Pressing Care on Route four in Paramus after they confirmed signs however had not but been recognized.


March 9

Gov. Phil Murphy declares a state of emergency after 5 further residents are recognized with the illness, bringing the statewide complete to 11. 


The declaration permits state authorities to deploy assets extra rapidly by waiving quite a few bureaucratic necessities just like the bidding course of for medical provides.

Murphy says the motion is important “to make sure that native well being companies on the entrance traces of the state’s response are geared up with the assets wanted to additional put together our well being care system for a broader unfold of COVID-19.”

The illness has now been detected in 5 counties with Bergen having probably the most: 5.


The brand new circumstances included:

  • An 18-year-old girl from Clifton, who’s hospitalized. She might have been in touch with a affected person from New York who has the sickness.
  • A 30-year-old Teaneck man, who’s hospitalized at Holy Identify Medical Heart. 
  • A 48-year-old man from Berkeley Heights in Union County, who’s at Overlook Medical Heart in Summit. 
  • A 27-year-old man in Little Silver, who is just not hospitalized. He’s amongst 170 individuals who attended a convention in Boston and have examined optimistic.
  • An 83-year-old girl from Hazlet, who’s being handled at Bayshore Medical Heart in Holmdel.

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March 10

Officers announce New Jersey’s first coronavirus sufferer: John Brennan, a 69-year-old Little Ferry man who diedthe morning of March 10 at Hackensack College Medical Heart. 

The person had quite a few underlying well being points together with emphysema, diabetes, hypertension, irregular heartbeat and gastrointestinal bleeding.


The person went to his major care physician final week with a fever and cough. He was handled with antibiotics and Tamiflu. He was admitted to Hackensack College Medical Heart on March 6. He was remoted. His situation deteriorated. He had a coronary heart assault Monday night time and was revived, however then died the following morning from a coronary heart assault.

He was a horse coach and mainstay within the paddock of Yonkers Raceway, in keeping with a number of horse racing publications.

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He commonly went into New York, however had no latest historical past of abroad journey.

The person is considered one of 4 new circumstances reported: two in Bergen County and two in Burlington County. The state complete is 15.


Bergen County Government Jim Tedesco publicizes all county-run technical and specialty faculties and Bergen Neighborhood Faculty might be closed for 2 weeks. Visitation on the Bergen County Healthcare and Rehabilitation dwelling for seniors in Rockleigh is suspended.

Rutgers publicizes it’ll supply solely on-line programs till no less than April Three and urges college students to stay off-campus.

March 11

New Jersey has eight new cases, bringing the total to 23, a day after the state’s first dying from the virus – only one week for the reason that first affected person in New Jersey was recognized with the illness. 

The entire eight new circumstances are in hospitals. 4 are in Bergen County, two in Middlesex and two in Monmouth counties. 


In the meantime, the World Well being Group’s Director-Normal Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on March 11 declares the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic as the worldwide dying toll rose above four,300 and the variety of confirmed circumstances exceeded 120,000.

Faculties all through the state start making ready for potential closures.

Officers announce the postponement of two of New Jersey’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in Morristown and Bergenfield. They are going to be held in September.


March 12

Massive swaths of day by day life in New Jersey started shutting right down to keep away from unfold of coronavirus.


A number of public faculty districts announce they’ll shut starting subsequent week.

The Newark Archdiocese cancels Mass on Sunday and can shut faculties subsequent week. 

Gov. Murphy recommends in opposition to holding any gatherings with 250 or extra folks together with live shows and sporting occasions.


Live performance venues like Bergen PAC shut. Annual occasions just like the Montclair Movie Pageant are postponed.

New Jersey courts droop all new jury trials till additional discover.

NJ Transit stories ridership is down 20% on buses and trains, however service will proceed to be regular.


Six extra corornavirus circumstances are introduced in New Jersey. They embrace: 

  • A 16-year-old woman from Englewood who was admitted to Englewood hospital
  • A 66-year-old Montclair girl who’s hospitalized at Mountainside Hospital
  • A 51-year-old Butler man who’s hospitalized at Chilton Medical Heart who had publicity to somebody with the virus
  • A 23-year-old Bridgewater man who might have been uncovered to the virus from shut contact to a Pennsylvania affected person
  • A 53-year-old Manalapan man who’s hospitalized at CentraState hospital and had publicity to a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • A feminine from Teaneck whose age is unknown. Officers did not know if she was hospitalized. She was uncovered at a synagogue carnival on March 1.

Bergen County now has 13 circumstances – the very best within the state. Officers label the county as a reasonable threat.

There are actually 4 circumstances in Englewood, one Fort Lee resident, two circumstances in Bergenfield, 5 circumstances in Teaneck and one Little Ferry case, a affected person who earlier this week had turn out to be the primary New Jersey resident to die from coronavirus.


Thirty-seven extra folks statewide are being investigated.

March 13

New Jersey publicizes 21 new circumstances, bringing the statewide complete to 50. 

Of these, two are in Bergen County, which leads the state with 15.

Different new circumstances had been reported in: 

  • Monmouth: Three
  • Essex: 2
  • Morris: 2 
  • Hudson: 2
  • Middlesex: 2
  • Ocean: 1
  • Mercer: 1
  • Burlington: 1
  • Passaic: 1  

No new deaths are reported, however officers say they’re investigating whether or not a latest dying was as a result of coronavirus.

Amongst these recognized is a distinguished doctor – Dr. James Pruden, head of emergency providers at St. Joseph’s Medical Heart in Paterson.

Murphy mentioned it was inevitable that each one faculties within the state will quickly shut for an undetermined period of time.


Among the many day’s different developments: 

  • Bergen County orders all film theaters to shut. The county zoo is closed. American Dream might be shut down for a month.
  • The state is predicted to obtain 84,000 respirators, 200,000 surgical face masks and 1000’s of face shields for well being care employees.
  • All residents who’ve their driver’s license, auto registration, or car inspection due for renewal by Might 31 will obtain a two-month extension.
  • All utility shut-off orders for patrons with unpaid payments have been suspended in the intervening time. 
  • The state is working to obtain federal waivers to make sure that schoolchildren in districts retain entry to a wholesome lunch that they usually would have obtained at college.

March 14

Gov. Murphy publicizes the second coronavirus dying in New Jersey – a girl in her 50s who was being handled at CentraState Medical Heart in Monmouth County.

The variety of coronavirus circumstances continues to climb in New Jersey, as testing turns into extra obtainable. The state stories 19 new circumstances bringing the entire to 69 statewide.

Teaneck officers name for all residents to self-quarantine and solely depart their residences for meals and drugs because the township grapples with probably the most coronavirus circumstances (18) within the state.


Officers are working to arrange a “widespread testing heart” at Bergen Neighborhood Faculty in Paramus.

Hospitals start taking extra steps to comprise and check for the virus.

St. Joseph’s Medical Heart in Paterson begins barring guests.


Holy Identify Medical Heart in Teaneck and Morristown Hospital erect tents outdoors to check for coronavirus.

Some cities start ordering the closure of companies that entice many individuals. Hoboken closes gyms, day care facilities and film theaters together with playgrounds and ballfields.

State prisons droop visits for 30 days.


March 15

The variety of coronavirus circumstances in New Jersey shoots as much as 98 with 31 new circumstances added.


Bergen County had seven new circumstances, for a complete of 32 circumstances, in keeping with the location, and Monmouth and Middlesex counties every have 12.

Gov. Murphy says he’s contemplating extra aggressive steps — together with closing all faculties statewide and a potential curfew — to gradual the unfold.

Hospitals proceed to burn by provides of non-public protecting gear. Holy Identify Medical Heart, on the heart of the outbreak in Teaneck, is utilizing 700 to 1,000 units of masks, robes, face shields and gloves day by day.


With no less than 18 circumstances in Teaneck probably the most of anyone city in New Jersey, native officers order the closing of many companies together with eating places, bars, gyms, nail salons and different locations the place bigger teams collect. The order permits just one member of a household to enter a grocery store at one time to restrict the variety of folks. 

Bergen County officers say they’re contemplating the same order for the county’s different 69 municipalities. 

The Motor Car Fee publicizes it’ll shut for 2 weeks.


Cities which have bustling restaurant scenes like Montclair and Hoboken order eating places to supply solely takeout meals.

March 16

A 90-year-old man turns into New Jersey’s third coronavirus casualty, Gov. Phil Murphy publicizes. The Saddle Brook man died from problems as a result of coronavirus at Hackensack College Medical Heart. 

New Jersey officers announce 80 new coronavirus circumstances bringing the statewide complete to 178. It’s the greatest surge but.

A variety of companies in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut are ordered to shut indefinitely at eight p.m.: eating places, bars, film theaters, casinos and gymnasiums.


Bergen County Government James Tedesco orders all malls within the county to shut.

Gov. Phil Murphy mobilizes the Nationwide Guard to assist in containment efforts.

Murphy asks New Jerseyans to not depart their houses from eight p.m. to five a.m. to assist keep away from the unfold of coronavirus.


Eating places can supply takeout and supply providers. Supermarkets, pharmacies, fuel stations and medical places of work will stay open.

Gatherings of 50 or extra individuals are not allowed.

As anticipated, Murphy orders all faculties statewide to shut.


Edgewater and Leonia inform college students and employees at two faculties (George Washington and Anna C. Scott) to self-quarantine after employees members check optimistic for the virus.

State officers announce that each one state parks would stay open for “healthful passive recreation.”

March 17

St. Patrick’s Day involves New Jersey with few, if any, public celebrations as bars shut the night time earlier than.

Gov. Phil Murphy publicizes all malls and indoor amusement facilities to shut because the state’s coronavirus circumstances rise to 267 as extra testing is finished.


Different retail shops start curbing their hours.

The Lawyer Normal’s Workplace warns 82 extra companies over worth gouging for coronavirus.

Officers make preparations to open two drive-thru check websites at Bergen Neighborhood Faculty in Paramus and the PNC Financial institution Arts Heart in Holmdel. 


Hoboken requires residents to remain at dwelling except they’re touring for work, getting meals or exercising in what seems to be the strictest restrictions on motion in New Jersey for the reason that coronavirus outbreak.

March 18

Two extra New Jerseyans die within the coronavirus outbreak, bringing the statewide complete to 5. Each had been ladies (one from Essex County, one from Hudson County) over 60 years previous and had different underlying medical situations.

Officers additionally announce 162 circumstances for a complete of 427 statewide. 

Bergen County continues to be the virus epicenter for the state, with 27 new circumstances, for a complete of 113.


About 55% of all circumstances are or had been hospitalized.

Gov. Phil Murphy says New Jersey may very well be quick by upwards of 300,000 hospital beds within the coming months and medical doctors could also be compelled to make the “agonizing” resolution to disclaim care to victims of COVID-19 if the state does not get federal assist.

Offiicals say they’re working to reopen Underwood Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, Gloucester County, with a 300-bed capability for acute care. 


Gun retailer homeowners report gross sales are up particularly from first-time consumers.

March 19

State officers affirm one other 4 deaths associated to problems from coronavirus as new circumstances statewide surge by 318 to a complete of 742.

The 4 deaths are:

  • Bergen County man in his 30s
  • Monmouth County girl, 70s
  • Ocean County man, 70s
  • Essex County man, 60s

Whereas well being officers say these at best threat from the virus are over 60 years previous and have underlying medical situations, the youngest case up to now in New Jersey is a Three-year-old youngster. The oldest is 95.


Bergen County continues to be the virus epicenter for the state, with 194 circumstances, a soar of 80 on Wednesday. Essex County has 62 folks with the illness, Middlesex has 60, Hudson has 54 and Monmouth has 45.

A file variety of New Jerseyans are making use of for unemployment advantages. From March eight to March 14, claims jumped almost 21 % to 9,467 in comparison with the identical week in 2019.

NJ Transit officers request a $1.25 billion bailout to account for losses the company is experiencing with ridership down 88%.


Gov. Phil Murphy indicators a regulation and govt order that forestalls residents from being evicted or dropping their houses to foreclosures in the course of the disaster.

Murphy additionally orders the closing at eight p.m. of non-public care companies that may’t adjust to social distancing, resembling barbers, salons and tattoo parlors.

Elections for March and April are pushed again to Might 12 and might be solely vote-by-mail.


An worker at an immigration detention facility in Elizabeth checks optimistic for thecoronavirus.

March 20

New Jersey stories 2 new deaths associated to problems of the coronavirus bringing the entire to 11, whereas the variety of circumstances statewide elevated to 890, with 155 new circumstances.

Among the many new deaths are a Bergen County man in his 50s and an Essex County man in his 30s.

In Paramus, tons of of drivers in automobiles line up within the early morning hours outdoors Bergen County Faculty to be examined for coronavirus as the biggest testing facility in North Jersey opens.


Well being employees handle to check 654 on the website earlier than shutting down operations.

The Nationwide Guard is shipped in to help with crowd management. 

March 21

Gov. Phil Murphy orders all nonessential companies to shut indefinitely and orders almost all residents to remain dwelling beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday.

He additionally cancels gatherings of any quantity, together with events, weddings and non secular ceremonies, becoming a member of New York, Pennsylvania, California and different states taking extra draconian measures to cease the surging ranges of the novel coronavirus


Companies providing important providers will stay open, together with grocery shops, pharmacies, fuel stations, shops, laundromats, pet shops, mail and eating places that provide solely takeout out and supply.

Murphy publicizes 5 new deaths attributable to problems associated to coronavirus bringing the entire 16. They’re

  • a person in his 50s from Monmouth County
  • a person in his 80s from Essex County 
  • a man in his 40s from Bergen County
  • a person in his 90s from Bergen County
  • a girl in her 70s from Morris County

In Bergen County, the state’s first mass testing heart for coronavirus is said to be at capability 15 minutes after opening Saturday as tons of of automobiles stood in line for the location’s second day of operation.


Flights out and in of the New York area are halted for a quick time after an alert was issued due to staffing points with an air visitors management tower at JFK Worldwide Airport.  An air visitors controller trainee examined optimistic and the management tower needed to sanitized.

March 22

Because the state shuts down, New Jersey stories four extra deaths associated to problems from the virus, bringing the statewide complete to 20.

There are additionally 590 new circumstances of the virus, bringing the statewide complete to 1,914.

Coronavirus begins spreading at native jails and different establishments.


The Hudson County jail goes on lockdown after two inmates check optimistic for the coronavirus. 

Fifteen Bergen County jail inmates are positioned in quarantine as a precautionary measure after a corrections officer examined optimistic for COVID-19.

Workers at New Jersey’s state psychiatric hospitals are taking steps to “comprise and mitigate” the unfold of coronavirus after a physician and affected person at Greystone Park in Parsippany examined optimistic for the virus.


March 23

New Jersey’s deaths associated to coronavirus proceed to climb, reaching 27 with seven new deaths;


Complete circumstances rise to 2,844 with 935 new circumstances as testing continues to speed up.

Among the many new deaths are 5 males and two ladies, aged 57 to 91. Two had preexisting medical situations. The deaths included: 

  • two Bergen County residents
  • one Essex County resident 
  • one Passaic County resident
  • one Union County resident
  • one Warren County resident
  • one Somerset County resident

In the meantime, state officers proceed to make dramatic strikes to comprise the unfold.


As much as 1,000 inmates serving sentences in county jails might be briefly launched, beneath an order by New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.

It requires the discharge no later than 6 a.m. Tuesday of inmates who’re serving county jail phrases as a situation of probation or on account of municipal courtroom convictions.

No later than midday Thursday, any inmate serving county jail sentences for every other motive, together with violations of probation, low-level indictable crimes, disorderly individuals and petty disorderly individuals offenses, might be launched.


Gov. Phil Murphy orders all elective surgical procedures and invasive procedures for adults – each medical and dental – efficient 5 p.m. on March Three/27. This is applicable to all operations that may be safely delayed, as decided by the affected person’s physician or dentist.

Near $1 billion in state spending is frozen as an effort to maintain the state afloat amid the pandemic.

March 24

The variety of New Jersey residents who’ve died from coronavirus will increase to 44 complete out of Three,675 circumstances. 

The brand new deaths embrace:

  • 5 Bergen County residents
  • Three Morris
  • Three Essex
  • 2 Hudson
  • 1 Monmouth
  • 1 Union
  • 1 Passaic
  • 1 Camden 

Gov. Phil Murphy says the state is getting one other cargo of protecting gear from the nationwide stockpile together with 200,000 N95 masks and greater than 84,000 respirators.

The Bergen County testing website at Bergen Neighborhood Faculty reaches capability earlier than it opens, marking the fifth day in a row the location reached capability early.

March 25

The dying toll from coronavirus rises from 44 to 62 and the variety of circumstances will increase by 736 to four,402.

Right here is the county breakdown of the 18 new deaths:

  • Ocean (four)
  • Essex (Three)
  • Monmouth (2)
  • Bergen (1)
  • Burlington (1)
  • Cumberland (1)
  • Hudson (1)
  • Middlesex (1)
  • Morris (1)
  • Passaic (1)
  • Somerset (1)
  • Union (1)

Gov. Phil Murphy orders all childcare facilities to shut by April 1 except they will certify that they’re caring just for the kids of important employees.

A mass testing website for Passaic County is opened at William Paterson College. It’s not almost as crowded as its Bergen counterpart as a result of it’s open solely to Passaic County residents who’ve a physician’s observe. 

March 26

Officers announce 2,492 further circumstances – by far the very best complete for a single day. There are actually 6,876 circumstances in New Jersey.

Officers report 19 new deaths, bringing the entire to 81.


New Jersey has an an infection charge of 31.7% with 6,137 optimistic checks out of 19,364 checks carried out.

The state’s 43 of its 375 long run care services lie nursing houses have no less than one resident who has examined optimistic.

President Donald Trump approves a Main Catastrophe Declaration for New Jersey, making federal funding obtainable to the state to assist within the response to the coronavirus outbreak. 


March 27

New Jersey officers report 27 new deaths for a complete of 108. Complete circumstances surge to eight,825 with 1,982 new circumstances.


That is a 17,500% enhance from two weeks in the past when complete circumstances statewide had been solely 50.

New deaths had been reported within the following counties:

  • Bergen (7)
  • Middlesex (four)
  • Essex (Three)
  • Monmouth (Three)
  • Ocean (Three)
  • Somerset (Three)
  • Morris (2)
  • Hudson (1)
  • Gloucester (1)

Murphy calls on anybody with medical expertise to assist volunteer at 4 new discipline hospitals on the Meadowlands Exposition Heart in Secaucus, the Atlantic Metropolis Conference Heart, and the New Jersey Conference and Exposition Heart in Edison, which can have two items.


Ten federal immigration detainees with power well being situations are let out from the Bergen, Essex and Hudson county jails after a choose orders they be launched as a result of they face critical dangers of dying or harm if they continue to be confined. 

A day after asserting that it’s going to shut three massive parks, Bergen County orders all parks to shut to restrict transmission.

In a bit of fine information, one of many first medical employees to be contaminated is recovering after being in crucial situation. Dr. James Pruden, 70, of St. Joseph’s Medical Heart in Paterson is respiratory on his personal for the primary time in weeks.


March 28

New Jersey officers report 2,289 new optimistic COVID-19 circumstances for a statewide complete of 11,124.


There are 32 extra deaths for a complete of 140. The breakdown by county is:

  • Bergen (7)
  • Union (7)
  • Middlesex (5)
  • Morris (Three)
  • Essex (2)
  • Hudson (2)
  • Passaic (2)
  • Ocean (1)
  • Somerset (1)
  • Sussex (1)
  • Warren (1)

Murphy publicizes that 5 main banks and state-chartered establishments in New Jersey will supply a 90-day grace interval on residential mortgage funds for debtors impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Murphy additionally publicizes $146 million in funding to assist hospitals put together for the surge in sufferers. 


New Jersey is requiring all hospitals and medical services to supply a day by day replace on their provides of protecting medical gear, together with ventilators, and to report what number of sufferers are hospitalized.

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