Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Monday, April 5, 2021

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NEW JERSEY — Below you will find the most up-to-date information on coronavirus news impacting New Jersey. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page.

COVID-19 updates from Gov. Phil Murphy

  • BREAKING: Beginning April 19, all New Jersey residents ages 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • New: The state launched a vaccine progress tracker on its COVID information website.
  • New: Fully vaccinated individuals who travel within the U.S. are no longer required to self-quarantine after their trip or get tested for COVID before or after traveling.
  • Vaccine latest: As of Monday morning, 1,796,798 New Jersey residents were fully vaccinated – 38% of the way to the state’s goal of 4.7 million fully vaccinated adults by June 30.
  • Schools update: Of New Jersey’s public-school districts, charter schools, renaissance schools, and schools for students with disabilities:
    • 156 are open for all in-person instruction
    • 495 are open for hybrid instruction
    • 118 are all-remote
    • 42 districts are using a combination across buildings
  • COVID data update:
    • 2,471 new positive PCR tests
    • 817,464 total PCR tests
    • 513 new positive antigen tests
    • 112,562 total antigen tests
    • 15 new lab-confirmed fatalities
    • 22,081 total lab-confirmed deaths since March 2020
    • 2,568 additional probable deaths
    • 2,292 COVID-19 patients hospitalized
    • 454 patients in ICUs
    • 233 ventilators in use
    • The positivity rate for all PCR tests recorded on April 1 was 9.14%
    • The statewide rate of transmission is 1.07

NJ COVID vaccine eligibility expands Monday

Starting Monday, more residents in New Jersey will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The age of eligibility will drop on Monday from 65+ to 55 years and older. The eligibility expansion also includes people 16 and older with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Additionally, more workers will become eligible in sectors like communications, laundry service, building and home services, financial institutions, utilities, sanitation, higher education and more. See the full list.

Watch in video above.

Latest official numbers:

As of Monday, there have been 817,464 confirmed cases in the state since March 2020, and there have been 22,081 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the state Health Department.

COVID-19 timeline: How novel coronavirus spread

Tips to protect yourself and others amid coronavirus outbreaks

The New York state coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also being posted here

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