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Masks worn in New Jersey mall store

Meghan Griffin stands at the entrance of a store offering masks, gloves and hand sanitizer at the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, N.J., Monday, June 29, 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.

NJ doctor talks new CDC mask recommendations

The new federal mask recommendations are a sign the country is turning a corner in the COVID-19 crisis, but don’t throw away the masks just yet.

Dr. Shereef Elnahal, CEO of University Hospital in Newark spoke with PIX11 News to clear up confusion about when and where masks may still be necessary.

Elnahal said New York and New Jersey are still reviewing the relaxations, but guidance said if you’re fully vaccinated and following state guidelines, you won’t need to be masked, which is good for household gatherings. 

We can’t tell who is fully vaccinated or not, so Elnahal said it’s about the honor code and hoping that people do the right thing.

Kids aren’t vaccinated and can still transmit it, and some people aren’t fully vaccinated, so they should still be masked up.

Elnahal also acknowledged herd immunity has not been reached, and another risk is people falsely claiming they’ve been fully vaccinated when they have not.

Latest official numbers:

Daily health indicators

  • New cases: 766 (Statewide total: 882,199)
  • Hospitalizations: 954
  • ICU: 224
  • Ventilators: 157
  • New deaths: 30 (Death toll: 23,284) 
  • Vaccines administered: 7,873,861
    • Fully vaccinated: 3,784,434

As of Friday, there have been 882,199 confirmed cases in the state since March 2020, and there have been 23,284 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the state Health Department.

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