New Jersey ramps up COVID-19 testing capabilities as state cases stabilize

New Jersey is ramping up its coronavirus testing capabilities thanks to Rutgers University.

News 12 Staff

Jul 27, 2020, 12:53 PM

Updated 1,355 days ago

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New Jersey is ramping up its coronavirus testing capabilities thanks to Rutgers University.
Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday that the state is adding 30,000 saliva-based tests every day.
The tests are made by RUCDR Infinite Biologics, which is a part of Rutgers. The benefit of the tests is that the results are known within 48 hours.
“As test turnaround has lagged nationally given the flare-ups around the country, this is welcome news,” Murphy said. “Working through [Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli] and the Department of Health and local stakeholders, we will be deploying these tests to the priority populations which we serve, including our front-line workers and most vulnerable residents.”
Murphy announced 446 new positive COVID-19 cases on Monday, for a statewide total of 179,812. The governor also announced 17 additional deaths. The statewide death toll stands at 13,884.
The governor said that while the number of cases in the state has stabilized, the transmission rate is still hovering at around 1. He said that this keeps indoor dining, gyms and movie theaters closed. 
Additional details from today's briefing below:
For more on today's briefing, click here.
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