Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Sunday, January 17, 2021

coronavirus Outbreak New Jersey

Nurse Reynaldo Pella, left, was one of five staff members to simultaneously receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

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.

Daily indicators

  • 4,686 new positive PCR tests reported Saturday
  • 565,097 total positive PCR tests since March
  • 710 new positive antigen tests reported Saturday
  • 62,124 total positive antigen tests
  • 26 new lab-confirmed deaths
  • 18,348 total lab-confirmed deaths
  • 2,091 additional probable deaths

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Latest official numbers
As of Sunday, there have been 627,221 cumulative cases in the state since March, and there have been 18,348 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the state Health Department.

To find the nearest free COVID-19 testing location, click here.

Tips to protect yourself and others amid coronavirus outbreaks.

Call New Jersey’s coronavirus hotline at 1-800-222-1222. You can also click here for additional information

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