TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New powers for New Jersey's local and county governments to restrict short-term rentals are taking effect Sunday night, part of the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 as the number of cases in the state passed 37,000 and the number of deaths exceeded 900.

The state's emergency management director, state police Col. Patrick Callahan, issued an administrative order aimed at hotels, motels, guest houses and private residences.

The additional local authority does not extend to people housed under a state-led shelter effort, to those in temporary residence under emergency or other housing assistance, or to health care workers staying somewhere on a temporary basis.

Gov. Phil Murphy said shore communities have reported people trying to temporarily relocate there from areas hard-hit by the coronavirus spread, but those communities can lack the health care infrastructure that a surge in patients would require.

Murphy urged state residents to remain in their primary residences during the COVID-19 crisis.



There were nearly 3,500 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey over the prior day, pushing the total past of 37,500, Murphy announced Sunday. The governor said 71 people died, bringing the state's death toll to 917, which Murphy tweeted were “917 reasons to stay home and do your part” to slow the spread of infection.



The state secured 500 more ventilators after “multiple conversations” with the White House, Murphy wrote Sunday on Twitter.

The Democratic governor said the machines are New Jersey's biggest pressing need, and he vowed he would not “stop fighting to get us the equipment we need to save every life.”



A performance by a Pink Floyd cover band that drew about 30 adults to the front yard of a home on Saturday night has resulted in charges against a Rumson man.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan said the man was charged with several disorderly persons offenses including reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

Police said the group of people in their 40s and 50s, including some who brought lawn chairs, were watching two guitar players with mics and amps stream the performance on Facebook Live.

Attendees responded to police ordering them to leave by cursing and referring to Nazis, officials said. Police put a halt to the music in the middle of the Pink Floyd song “Wish You Were Here.”

In other enforcement actions over the weekend, police charged a Teaneck woman with aggravated assault and other offenses for allegedly spitting and coughing on officers during an arrest in Englewood and telling them she had tested positive for COVID-19.

They also charged a Parsippany woman with operating her dog grooming business in violation of a state order closing all non-essential businesses and a Toms River man for holding a backyard gathering with more than 20 people.

In Newark, police on Friday and Saturday issued 180 summonses for violation of the emergency orders and ordered 11 non-essential businesses closed.