NJ COVID latest: Friday, May 7, 2021

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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.

Gov. Murphy gives NJ COVID-19 update

Daily health indicators

  • New cases: 1,317 (Statewide total: 879,812)
  • Hospitalizations: 1,282
    • ICU: 292
    • Ventilators: 202
  • New deaths: 29 (Death toll: 23,129) 
  • The statewide rate of transmission: 0.54
  • Vaccines administered: 7,440,122
    • Fully vaccinated: 3,486,709

NJ reopening: Gathering limits lifted, relaxed Friday

Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday that the state would move up its timeline for relaxing some COVID restrictions. Beginning Friday, May 7, the following changes go into effect:

  • Outdoor gathering limit increases to 500 individuals.
  • Indoor room capacity increases to 50% with a maximum of 250 individuals for catered events, political gatherings, weddings, funerals, memorial services, and performances.
  • Indoor bar-side seating lifted
  • Prohibition on buffets, self-service foods at restaurants lifted
  • Dance floors reopen at private catered events.
  • Outdoor capacity for large venues with 1,000 or more fixed seats increases to 50%

New Jersey, New York and Connecticut will lift most COVID capacity restrictions on May 19.

Latest official numbers:

As of Friday, there have been 879,812 confirmed cases in the state since March 2020, and there have been 23,129 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the state Health Department.

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