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Posted on: July 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Coronavirus: News Updates August 2020

COVID-19 Updates

July 31, 2020

  • Berkeley Heights is reporting 2 new active cases
  • NJ MVCs are resuming written tests on MondayBerkeley Heights has 2 new active cases
  • Illinois, Kentucky, and Minnesota have been added to the quarantine advisory. There are now 36 states on the quarantine list.

There are two new active cases in Berkeley Heights. They are young adults who have traveled outside of NJ. Please wear masks in Berkeley Heights AND when travelling, and practice proper health protocols. For tips on how to stay safe, check out the #StayWellSummer from the New Jersey Hospital Association. 

By the Numbers:

  • 1,657 new cases in New Jersey; 181,660 total
  • 67 new cases in Union County; 16,523 total
  • 30 new deaths in New Jersey; 13,944 total
  • 4 new deaths in Union County; 1,176 total
  • Berkeley Heights:
    • 2 active cases (0 VPI, 2 community)
    • 289 closed cases (137 recovered from LTC, 55 LTC deaths, 4 community deaths)
    • Total of 291 cases


  • 695 people remain hospitalized
  • 113 people are in critical condition
  • 45 people are on ventilators

Updated Quarantine Advisory - Governor Murphy has added three states on the quarantine advisory. The new state list: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. All individuals travelling to NJ from these states should self-quarantine for 14 days.

New Bill to Jail Maskless Indoor Shoppers - State lawmakers have introduced a bill to set 30 day jail sentences and $500 fines for individuals who refuse to wear masks while shopping indoors. The goal is to encourage people to wear masks and reduce the spread of the virus.

NJ MVCs to Resume Written Tests - Next Monday, the written driver tests will be available to all student drivers  and those seeking commercial licenses. Appointments should be made for the test.

Transmission Rate is Highest in 3 Months - The virus’s transmission rate in NJ has spiked to 1.35. Part of the spike is due to house parties among young adults. Please continue to wear a mask and practice proper health protocols. 

Relief Programs to Expire Unless Congress Acts - Programs including enhanced unemployment benefits, eviction protection, and small business relief will expire soon without intervention from Congress.

NJ Transit Buses Going Back to Cash – NJ Transit will resume collection of cash fares and front door boarding on buses that have protective barriers installed around the driver beginning August 3rd. Cash fares and front door boarding will remain suspended on buses that don’t yet have the barrier. 

What’s Reopening - For a summary of the arts/entertainment venues and other recreational destinations throughout NJ, please read the following article. 

Click here for the updates from July 2020

Governor Livingston student Desmond Lam contributed to these reports. 

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