Latest coronavirus updates in New Jersey: Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Virus Outbreak New Jersey

FILE- In this May 18, 2020 file photo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy wears a face mask during a coronavirus press briefing in Trenton, N.J. (Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool, File)

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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.

11 a.m.
Gov. Phil Murphy held a briefing with the latest on COVID-19 in New Jersey. Watch here now or in video below.

COVID-19 daily indicators

  • 2,021 new positive PCR tests (631,309 total)
  • 508 new antigen tests (74,498 total)
  • 2,986 COVID patients hospitalized
    • 525 in ICUs
    • 374 ventilators in use
    • 162 patients discharged
    • 288 COVID-positive patients admitted
    • 41 in-hospital deaths
  • 52 new confirmed COVID-19 fatalities
    • Brings total confirmed virus deaths to 19,506.
    • Probable deaths adjusted to 2,187
  • COVID variants
    • 11 known cases of UK variant in NJ

COVID-19 restriction updates

  • Murphy announced indoor-dining capacity can increase to 35%, beginning Friday, Feb. 5. Read more here.
    • Statewide 10 p.m. curfew also lifted for restaurants, the governor said.
  • Also effective Friday, the following may operate at 35% capacity:
    • Indoor entertainment and recreation areas, including casinos and gyms
    • Personal care businesses
    • Indoor performance venues (at a maximum of 150 people)
    • Indoor gatherings for religious ceremonies, weddings, political activities and memorials or funerals (at a maximum of 150 people)

Vaccine updates

  • 837,225 total vaccinations have been administered as of Wednesday morning
    • 691,229 first doses; 145,979 second doses
  • All six of NJ’s vaccine megasites are open again Wednesday after the winter storm forced them to close.
    • The sites will begin serving those whose appointments from the past two days were rescheduled because of the storm.
  • An additional federal retail pharmacy program for vaccinations will launch in NJ next week, in partnership with Rite Aid and CVS.

Schools updates

  • 413 students statewide currently lack devices or connectivity for remote learning, down from 231,000 over the summer, Murphy said.
  • NJ Department of Education will continue to work with the educational leaders in these schools to get these students what they are lacking.

Other updates:

  • State of Emergency remains in effect for New Jersey after major nor’easter slammed tri-state region, Murphy said.
  • State investing additional $5 million into the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority’s Small Business Lease-Emergency Assistance Grand Program.
    • Applications will be available at at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22.
  • Muprhy advises people to be safe when celebrating and watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 7

Latest official numbers
As of Wednesday, there have been 631,309 confirmed cases in the state since March, and there have been 19,506 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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