NJ COVID latest: Monday, July 12, 2021

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FILE – In this May 19, 2020, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy wears a mask during his daily coronavirus news conference at the War Memorial in Trenton, N.J. A year after becoming a global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, New York and New Jersey are back atop the list of U.S. states with the highest rates of infection. Murphy said in recent days that he is hitting pause on further loosening of the rules because of New Jersey’s resurgence. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP, Pool)

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.

Delta now dominant COVID variant in New Jersey

The highly transmissible delta variant is now the dominant strain in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. The governor urged New Jersey residents to get vaccinated against COVID if they haven’t already done so.

Gov. Murphy offers COVID pandemic updates

Breaking update: Nearly $30 million in additional federal funding will be allocated to help New Jersey colleges and universities weather the impacts of COVID on its core missions.

  • Of the funding, $28.5 million will support the “Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge” grant program.
  • More than $1 million will be used to address food insecurity and hunger among students.

Digital COVID vaccine docket

  • The Department of Health launched a secure and free smartphone app that gives people who were vaccinated in New Jersey digital access to their COVID vaccination record.
  • The Docket app, however, is not a vaccine “passport,” Murphy noted.
  • “Docket is intended solely to give residents easy access to their COVID vaccination record, especially if their vaccination card has been damaged or lost,” Murphy said. “And while the information available through Docket is currently limited to your COVID vaccination record, it will be broadened to provide you with your entire record from the New Jersey Immunization Information System.”

COVID vaccine latest

As of Monday, 10,139,953 doses have been administered and 5,113,694 individuals who live, work, or study in New Jersey were fully vaccinated.

Update: New COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths

  • 227 new positive PCR tests
  • 895,552 total PCR tests
  • 65 new positive antigen tests
  • 130,734 total antigen tests
  • 312 patients in hospitalized
  • 58 patients in ICUs
  • 26 ventilators in use
  • 4 new lab-confirmed deaths
  • 23,800 total lab-confirmed deaths
  • 2,709 additional probable deaths
  • The statewide rate of transmission was currently 0.95
  • The positivity rate was 1.7%
  • “Our COVID numbers continue to be driven by the unvaccinated. The vaccines are widely available and free. We urge you to get vaccinated to protect yourself, your family, and your community,” Murphy said.
  • To find a vaccination site near you, visit covid19.nj.gov/finder.

Will a COVID vaccine booster shot be needed? Fauci says it’s too soon to tell

The government’s top infectious diseases expert said Sunday “it is entirely conceivable, maybe likely” that Americans will need a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months, but it is too soon for the government to recommend another shot.

NJ COVID vaccine update

As of Sunday, 10,129,995 total doses have been administered and 5,107,406 individuals who live, work, or study in New Jersey were fully vaccinated.

Vaccinated teachers and students don’t need masks, CDC says

Vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines.

Pfizer to seek OK for 3rd vaccine dose; shots still protect

Pfizer is about to seek U.S. authorization for a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine, saying Thursday that another shot within 12 months could dramatically boost immunity and maybe help ward off the latest worrisome coronavirus mutant.

Fans banned at Olympics; Tokyo under state of emergency

Fans were banned from the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Olympics which will open in two weeks, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said after meeting with IOC and Japanese organizers on Thursday.

Global COVID-19 deaths hit 4 million amid rush to vaccinate

The global death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 4 million on Wednesday as the crisis increasingly becomes a race between the vaccine and the highly contagious delta variant.

99 percent of US COVID deaths are unvaccinated people: Fauci

America’s top infectious disease expert says about 99.2% of recent COVID-19 deaths in the United States involved unvaccinated people. And Dr. Anthony Fauci says “it’s really sad and tragic that most all of these are avoidable and preventable.”

There’s more to the worker shortage than pandemic unemployment, experts say

The workforce shortage is a combination of several factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, a shift in the economy, and changes in the workforce demographics, experts say.

Free health insurance included in stimulus benefits for unemployment recipients

Along with $1,400 stimulus checks and monthly child tax credit payments, the American Rescue Plan has another important benefit available to people who qualified for unemployment assistance this year: free health care.

Will one dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine protect me?

Yes, but not nearly as much as if you had both doses. Experts recommend getting fully vaccinated, especially with the emergence of worrisome coronavirus mutations such as the delta variant first identified in India.

US jobless claims fall to 364,000, a new pandemic low

The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid fell again last week to the lowest level since the pandemic struck last year, further evidence that the job market and the broader economy are rebounding rapidly from the coronavirus recession.

Workers enjoy the upper hand as companies scramble to hire

With the economy growing rapidly as it reopens from the pandemic, many employers are increasingly desperate to hire. Yet evidence suggests that as a group, the unemployed aren’t feeling the same urgency to take jobs.

No state mask mandate for NJ students next fall

Masks will not be mandatory for students in New Jersey unless there’s a “dramatic change in our situation” before the next academic year, Gov. Phil Murphy said. However, school districts will have the authority to require masks as part of their own protocols.

Vaccine freebies

New York, New Jersey and several companies nationwide are offering incentives for those who get vaccinated, including free food, drinks and a scratch-and-win ticket where people have the chance to win $5 million.

Latest official indicators

As of Monday, there have been 895,552 total positive PCR tests in the state since March 2020, and there have been 23,800 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the state Health Department.

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