NJ COVID latest: Monday, July 19, 2021

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A Wells Fargo Center worker in Philadelphia receives a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine shot before an NHL hockey game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New Jersey Devils on May 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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 offers COVID pandemic updates

COVID breakthrough cases

  • A “breakthrough” case happens in people who are fully vaccinated, at least 14 days past the date of their final vaccine dose, who test positive for COVID-19.
  • According to state data through June 28, there were 4,432,769 individuals in New Jersey who were considered fully vaccinated, meaning they had their final dose by June 14.
  • Of that population, the NJ DOH Communicable Disease Service reported 3,474 positive breakthrough COVID cases.
  • All of the available vaccines – Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson – combined are proving to be 99.92% effective against contracting COVID-19.
  • A total of 84 COVID-related hospitalizations among the fully vaccinated have been recorded in New Jersey. This means the vaccines are 99.998% effective in protecting folks against severe illness that would require hospitalization if they do contract COVID.
  • Additionally, there were 31 COVID-related deaths among the more than 4.4 million fully vaccinated individuals. That means the vaccines are 99.9993% effective in preventing COVID-related fatalities.

COVID vaccine latest

As of Monday, a total of 5,175,076 individuals who live, work, or study in New Jersey were fully vaccinated.

New COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths in NJ

  • 324 new positive PCR tests
  • 898,250 total positive PCR tests
  • 110 positive antigen tests
  • 131,115 total positive antigen tests
  • 274 COVID-positive hospitalizations
  • 58 patients in ICUS
  • 29 ventilators in use
  • 4 new lab-confirmed COVID fatalities
  • 23,827 total lab-confirmed deaths
  • 2,718 additional probable COVID-related deaths
  • The rate of transmission was 1.37
  • Single-day positivity rate for all PCR tests recorded on Thursday was 2.5%

Child tax credit checks: Will they become permanent?

The parents of an estimated 60 million American children began receiving child tax credit payments from the IRS in a move expected to lift millions of families above the poverty baseline for the remainder of 2021. Should they become permanent?

Biden grapples with ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’

President Joe Biden is confronting the worrying reality of rising cases and deaths — and the limitations of his ability to combat the persistent vaccine hesitance responsible for the summer backslide.

First Olympic Village resident tests positive for COVID-19

The Olympic Village has its first case of COVID-19, Tokyo officials said. The case, detected via a positive COVID-19 test on Friday, was observed in a “games-concerned personnel” and not an athlete, organizers said in a recent report. The patient’s identity was not disclosed, though they were listed as a non-resident of Japan.

Child tax credit: When to expect payments, how it may impact tax returns

Payments for the highly anticipated expanded child tax credits were being sent to families in the tri-state area, and the rest of the nation, for the first time in mid-July. While the additional money may be very helpful for some families across the economic spectrum, the overall tax credit situation is complicated.

Common cholesterol drugs may significantly reduce risk of death from COVID-19: study

Statins, a common medication for lowering cholesterol, may be saving lives among patients with COVID-19. A new study reveals hospitalized coronavirus patients who take statins are much less likely to die from the illness.

WHO chief says it was ‘premature’ to rule out COVID lab leak

The head of the World Health Organization acknowledged it was premature to rule out a potential link between the COVID-19 pandemic and a laboratory leak, and he said Thursday he is asking China to be more transparent as scientists search for the origins of the coronavirus.

Wildfire smoke linked to increased COVID-19 risk, study says

A new study suggests that exposure to wildfire smoke is linked to an increased risk of contracting COVID-19.

What can I do if I didn’t get my child tax credit payment?

The official disbursement date for the first child tax credit payments from the Internal Revenue Service was Thursday, but parents may not see the cash right away.

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.

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

The government’s top infectious diseases expert said “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.

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.

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.

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 898,250 total positive PCR tests in the state since March 2020, and there have been 23,827 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the state Health Department.

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