NJ COVID latest: Monday, June 14, 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.

NJ Gov. Murphy offers COVID updates

Breaking: Murphy will sign an executive order Monday that ends the moratorium on utility shutoffs beginning July 1.

  • The order also creates a grace period that will run through the end of 2021, giving customers with overdue bills time to enroll in payment assistance plans.
  • “Let me be perfectly clear: No one will face disconnection of their gas, electric, or water services before the end of the grace period on December 31,” Murphy said. “Households with residential internet service accounts currently being used by school-aged children for educational purposes will also be protected from disconnection.”
  • Murphy said the order is consistent with legislation that allowed the public health emergency to end. The law included several executive order, including the utility shutoff moratorium, to remain in effect until Jan. 1, 2022, according to the governor.
  • “In recognition of the fact that hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans are facing utility arrearages and need some time to get back on their feet,” he added. “Everyone deserves the opportunity to work with their utility provider on payment options that will ensure these vital – and in some cases, life-preserving – services are maintained. We fully expect every utility provider to work with their customers in good faith.”

NJ COVID vaccine latest

As of Monday, 9,192,638 total doses have been administered statewide and 4,564,662 New Jersey residents were fully vaccinated.

Update: New COVID cases, hospitalizations, deaths in NJ

  • 138 new positive PCR tests
  • 890,232 total PCR tests
  • 122 new positive antigen tests
  • 129,562 total antigen tests
  • 361 COVID patients hospitalized
  • 86 patients in ICUs
  • 54 ventilators in use
  • 5 new lab-confirmed COVID fatalities
  • 23,649 total confirmed deaths
  • 2,685 additional probable deaths

NJ schools mask mandate frustrations spill out during hearing

Frustrated parents called on New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to relax mandates for mask wearing in schools across the state. The testimony came Friday during an Assembly Republican hearing on masks in schools and featured testimony from mothers and at least one school nurse.

Poll: Americans who refuse COVID vaccine likely won’t change mind

According to the poll published Tuesday by the analytics and advisory company Gallup, 78% say they are unlikely to reconsider their vaccination plans, including 51% who say they are “not likely at all” to change their mind and get vaccinated.

What is happening with the US investigation into COVID-19’s origins?

Once dismissed by most public health experts and government officials, the hypothesis that COVID-19 leaked accidentally from a Chinese lab is now receiving scrutiny under a new U.S. investigation.

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 890,232 total positive PCR tests in the state since March 2020, and there have been 23,649 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the state Health Department.

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