Auto, Motorcycle Dealerships Latest New Jersey Retail Stores to Reopen

Gov. Phil Murphy said the state is “war-gaming” on a daily basis of what part of New Jersey to reopen that was closed due to state actions in fighting the coronavirus.

At his daily briefing on May 19, Murphy announced the latest restrictions being rolled back—auto and motorcycle dealerships could resume sales from their showrooms starting May 20 with social distancing restrictions.

“We know this is an important step for dealerships and for people who need access to transportation and another step forward on our road back,” Murphy.

Venue Model

While the first-term Democratic governor warned not to expect a new relaxation of stay-at-home orders each day, he noted the car and motorcycle opening would serve as a test model for similar types of venues

“We are consistently reviewing a range of other businesses that can reopen,” said Murphy. “I get asked morning, noon and night about non-essential retail, dining, graduation…religious services.”

The governor hinted outdoor dining and non-essential retail would have advantages over more indoor, sedentary business like hair salons and gyms.

Opening Characteristics

“I want to get my haircut…but inside, lacking ventilation and sedentary, in close proximity are really hard nuts to crack,” said Murphy. “Non-essential retail has a little advantage because there is movement and can manage capacity.” 

The characteristics state officials are looking for in future business openings include having an outdoor element, being able to social distance and capacity management. 

“But if the curves keep going in the right direction…we’ll continue to try to take those steps as responsibly and as quickly as we think we can,” he said. 

Daily Data

As of May 19, the cumulative number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey reached 149,013 with 1,055 new cases and 162 new deaths, bringing that total to 10,586. 

Of the total deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 1,565, followed by Bergen with 1,474, Hudson at 1,082, Passaic at 842, Morris at 572, Sussex at 139 and Warren with 121.

State Testing 

The daily rate of infections from those tested as of May 15 rests at 12%. The state is no longer using serology tests as results show a past presence of the disease as well as a current one, according to health officials. By region, the north tested at 10%, the central at 11% and the south 20%.

Officials reported 3,481 patients are hospitalized with coronavirus—which included 173 new hospitalizations—while 161 patients were discharged. The north tier had 1,757 patients hospitalized, the central 1,044 and the south 680.

Officials broke down by tier the daily discharge and new hospitalizations. For May 19, the north reported 93 new hospitalizations and 70 discharges, the central 44 hospitalizations and 48 discharges, and the south 46 hospitalizations and 43 discharges.   

Of those hospitalized, 977 are in intensive care units—dropping below 1,000 for the first time since the beginning of April— and 789 on ventilators. There are currently 44 patients in field hospitals, with 458 treated overall. 

Hudson Tops County Count

Hudson has the most cumulative cases in the state with 17,621 followed by Bergen at 17,522, Essex at 16,686, Passaic at 15,371, Union at 15,031, Middlesex at 14,8934, Ocean at 8,067, Monmouth at 7,470, Morris at 6,100, Mercer at 6,018, Camden at 5,644, Somerset at 4,312, Burlington at 4,000, Gloucester at 1,935, Atlantic at 1,838, Cumberland at 1,759, Warren at 1,091, Sussex at 1,063, Hunterdon at 885, Cape May at 518 and Salem at 470.

Another 778 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.

The amount of days it takes for a county to double its cases is past a month for all but two of the 21 counties in the state.

Demographic Breakdown

The racial breakdown of the record deaths was 54% White, 19% Black, 19% Hispanic, 6% Asian and 3% another race. For 40,309 hospitalizations that were tracked, the breakdown was 36% White, 20% Black, 18% Hispanic, 5% Asian and 11% another race. 

Murphy has noted the rates in the black and Hispanic communities are running about 50% more than their population in the state and vowed that any plan to reopen the state will work to reduce racial inequities in healthcare. The governor recently signed legislation mandating hospitals report age, gender, ethnicity and race of people who have tested COVID-19 positive or died from the virus.

In regards to the underlying disease of those who have passed, 59% had cardiovascular disease, 43% diabetes, 32% other chronic diseases, 17% neurological conditions, 15% chronic renal disease, 10% cancer and 14% other.

A census of ages for 9,941 confirmed deaths shows 47% of deaths are of those 80 year old and up, 33% in the range of 65-80, 16% between 50-65 and 4% under the age of 49. 

Long-term Care Facilities

Health officials noted 528 long-term care facilities are reporting at least one case of COVID-19 and accounted for 28,312 of the cases, broken down between 19,454 residents and 8,858 staff. The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, which was 4,295 on May 19. The facilities are reporting to the state 5,368 residents deaths and 98 staff deaths. 

In a by-county breakdown:  

Bergen County 

  • 63  Facilities with Outbreaks
  • 2,856 Total Resident Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 1,316 Total Staff Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 874  Resident Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities

Essex County 

  • 46  Facilities with Outbreaks
  • 1,913 Total Resident Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 767 Total Staff Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 520  Resident Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities
  • 19  Staff Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities

Morris County 

  • 41  Facilities with Outbreaks
  • 1,152 Total Resident Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 549 Total Staff Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 426  Resident Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities
  • 3  Staff Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities

Passaic County 

  • 25  Facilities with Outbreaks
  • 990 Total Resident Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 577 Total Staff Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 305  Resident Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities
  • 13  Staff Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities

Hudson County 

  • 15  Facilities with Outbreaks
  • 698 Total Resident Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 366 Total Staff Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 163  Resident Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities
  • 6  Staff Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities

Warren County 

  • 7  Facilities with Outbreaks
  • 396 Total Resident Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 101 Total Staff Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 102  Resident Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities
  • 1  Staff Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities

Sussex County 

  • 5  Facilities with Outbreaks
  • 240 Total Resident Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 119 Total Staff Cases at Long Term Care Facilities 
  • 100  Resident Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities
  • 4  Staff Deaths reported by Long Term Care Facilities

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