Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Monday, March 29, 2021


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.

Update: COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths

  • 3,174 new positive PCR tests
  • 792,616 total PCR tests
  • 660 new positive antigen tests
  • 107,657 total antigen tests
  • 2,225 COVID-19 patients hospitalized statewide
  • 491 patients in ICUs
  • 240 ventilators in use
  • 16 new lab-confirmed deaths
  • 21,869 total deaths since March 2020
  • The positivity rate for all 49,935 PCR tests recorded on March 26 was 9.4%

Limit on outdoor gatherings expanded

Beginning Friday at 6 a.m., the state’s limit on outdoor gatherings will increase to 200 people. The indoor gathering limit will remain at 25 people, Gov. Phil Murphy said.

Changes to indoor entertainment venue capacity limits

Effective Friday, the threshold for venues to be considered a “large venue” will lower from 5,000 to 2,500. Capacity for indoor seating at newly defined “large venues” will increase to 20%. Capacity for outdoor seating at large venues will rise to 30%, Gov. Murphy said.

Health care enrollment extended

The state extended its special health care enrollment period through the end of 2021. Under the federal government’s American Rescue Plan, more people than ever qualify for financial help in purchasing a plan through New Jersey’s health care insurance marketplace, Gov. Murphy said. Residents can find more information about plans by visiting

NJ, NY top list of states with highest COVID infections per capita

A year after becoming a global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, New York and New Jersey are back atop the list of U.S. states with the highest rates of infection.

Happening today:

Latest official numbers:

As of Monday, there have been 792,616 confirmed cases in the state since March 2020, and there have been 21,869 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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