At today’s COVID-19 press briefing, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that the state now has 102,196 total cases after reporting 3,047 new cases overnight.
“Even as we cross 100,000 cases we must keep in mind that there were tens of thousands of New Jerseyans who had tested positive over the past seven weeks who have beaten COVID-19,” Murphy said.
New Jersey now has 5,617 total deaths from COVID-19 after reporting 253 new deaths in the past 24 hours.
The governor added that the “curve” of confirmed positive cases in the state remains flat, however, he added that absent universal testing, “we do not know the [complete view] of the denominator.”
“I am not in a position yet to begin fully putting out state on the road back,” Murphy said. “We need to see more progress and more slowing before we can begin those considerations.”
EO Allows Renters to Use Security Deposit to Pay Rent
Murphy also today signed an executive order allowing renters to use their security deposits to pay their rent.
“This is money that had been paid up front to secure a lease. During an emergency, renters should have the ability to tap their [security] deposit to secure their place in their home,” Murphy said.
Additionally, in an effort to paint a clearer picture for renters to understand their rights, a new information section has been added to the state’s online covid portal at covid19.nj.gov/renter.
“Everyone will have access to the same information, so that there will be no more misunderstandings and everyone understands our expectations of them during this time,” Murphy said.
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