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Apr 16, 2020

New Jersey Extends Public School Closings Until Mid-May, Gives Test Site Updates

Gov. Phil Murphy announced during today’s COVID-19 press conference that all New Jersey public schools will remain closed until at least Friday, May 15.

During the governor’s closing statements on responsibly opening the state back up, he announced the extended closure of schools for another four weeks.

“Iโ€™ve made this decision in careful consultation with the New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Department of Education, among other key stakeholders,” said Murphy.

The governor urged the public to keep up with the social distancing not only to flatten the curve of positive cases, but to bend it back down. Having a spike would be potentially disastrous to the state.

“Keep wearing your face coverings, even though it may be a nuisance, and even if you think you look silly. Youโ€™ll look far sillier if you have to trade in a face covering for a hospital gown,” the governor warned.

While 802 New Jersey residents were discharged from hospitals from COVID-19 between Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the state lost another 362 residents in that timeframe, bringing the state death toll to 3,518.

The governor noted that with these new deaths, “We have officially lost more New Jersey residents than during the first world war.”

Between 10 pm Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 pm, positive cases rose by more than 4,000, bringing New Jersey’s total coronavirus cases to 75,317. Of those cases, Monmouth County accounts for 4,299 with Ocean County reporting 4,272.

Murphy continued to urge residents to get tested if they are symptomatic and qualify for testing. The FEMA partnered testing site, PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, has not been reaching its maximum testing limits of 5oo tests.ย  That site will be open to the public on Monday at 8 am, and open to symptomatic first responders and healthcare workers on Saturday, April 18.

For more information on Covid-19 and New Jersey testing sites, visit