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.
Gov. Phil Murphy held a coronavirus briefing. Watch the news conference below.
- Murphy extended the public health emergency in New Jersey for another 30 days.
- On Friday, indoor gathering limit increases to 25 people; outdoor gathering limit increases to 50 people; indoor capacity limits for restaurants, gyms and health clubs, recreational facilities and arcades, and personal care businesses increases to 50% capacity.
- The state’s mask mandate remains in effect.
Interstate youth sports update
- Ban on outdoor interstate youth sports competitions will expire on Friday.
- Ban on indoor interstate sports competitions will remain in effect.
- Health and safety protocols must be adhered to.
- Murphy said he expects every school in the state will reopen in September for full-time in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 academic year
- Thursday marks one year since schools were closed statewide and students transitioned to all-remote learning because of the pandemic.
- “Now is the time for all of our schools to meaningfully move forward with a return to in-person instruction, whether it be full-time or through a hybrid schedule,” Murphy said. “The American Rescue Plan is providing nearly $2.8 billion for our schools, with much of this funding meant to help our schools reopen and to combat learning loss.”
- Of 811 public school districts, charter schools, renaissance schools, and schools for students with disabilities statewide:
- 142 open for all-person instruction
- 534 open for hybrid instruction
- 37 using a mix of options across buildings
- 98 all-remote
- There have been about 800 total instances of in-school virus transmission since August. That’s less than two-tenths of 1% of the state’s cases over that time, Murphy said.
- Total: 209 CDC variants of concern cases in NJ
- 206 are UK strain
- 2 Brazilian variant
- 1 South African variant
- On Monday, the state crossed the threshold of 3 million vaccinations.
- As of Wednesday morning, 3,143,096 doses have been administered.
- 2,043,117 first doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines
- 1,099,509 fully vaccinated people
- The Health Department’s initial goal was to get 70% of the state’s population – 4.7 million people – vaccinated.
- Currently, about 45% of the population has received at least a first shot.
- CVS, Walgreens and RiteAid are reserving appointments for, and prioritizing, educators and child care workers.
- Walmart is setting aside a minimum of 10,000 doses weekly for seniors ages 65 and older.
- 3,590 new positive PCR tests
- 751,082 total PCR tests
- 1,017 new positive antigen tests
- 97,794 total antigen tests
- 1,895 COVID-19 patients hospitalized statewide
- 407 patients in ICUs
- 231 ventilators in use
- 38 new lab-confirmed deaths
- 21,530 total deaths since March 2020
- 2,515 additional probable deaths
- The positivity rate for all 20,626 PCR tests recorded on March 13 was 11.87%
- The statewide rate of transmission is 1.05
Latest official numbers:
As of Wednesday, there have been 751,082 confirmed cases in the state since March, and there have been 21,530 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the state Health Department.
The New York state coronavirus hotline is 1-888-364-3065; information is also being posted here