NJ COVID latest: Monday, June 28, 2021

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks during a news conference in Hoboken on May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

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. Phil Murphy offers COVID updates

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

  • The state will release health and safety recommendations for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year on Monday.
  • Schools must prepare to open for full-time, in-person instruction, Murphy said. Guidance from the departments of health and education will “ensure this happens,” he added.
  • Murphy said they are awaiting updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding mask wearing inside school buildings.

COVID vaccine latest

As of Monday, 9,693,225 total doses have been administered in New Jersey and 4,948,118 individuals who live, work, or study in New Jersey were fully vaccinated.

Update: New COVID cases, hospitalizations, deaths

  • 105 new positive PCR tests
  • 892,713 total PCR tests
  • 47 new positive antigen tests
  • 130,264 total antigen tests
  • 304 patients in hospitals
  • 57 patients in ICUs
  • 29 ventilators in use
  • 4 new lab-confirmed deaths
  • 23,740 total confirmed fatalities
  • 2,698 additional probable deaths
  • The positivity rate from June 24 was 1.02%
  • The statewide rate of transmission was 0.92

NJ COVID-19 hospitalizations hit pandemic record low

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, the number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in New Jersey has fallen below 300, Gov. Phil Murphy said Saturday.

“A truly incredible milestone, but we’re not stopping now. Get vaccinated and let’s finish this fight,” he added.

NJ marks first day with zero in-hospital COVID deaths since July 2020

New Jersey saw no in-hospital COVID-19 deaths on Thursday for the first time in nearly a year, according to Gov. Phil Murphy. The governor tweeted that the last time the Garden State saw a day with no hospital fatalities from the virus was July 30, 2020.

Child tax credit opt-out: When is the deadline?

According to the IRS, some people may want to unenroll if they “expect the amount of tax you owe to be greater than your expected refund when you file your 2021 tax return.” Because the payments are being paid in advance, “every dollar you receive will reduce the amount of Child Tax Credit you will claim on your 2021 tax return.”

Is fear of needles keeping you from COVID vaccine?

An average healthy person will get at least 165 needle sticks over a lifetime, based on routine vaccinations and tests, according to Harvard Health. But could the fear of needles keep you from getting vaccinated against COVID-19, which has claimed more than 603,000 lives in the United States?

Vaccine milestone: 70% of Americans 30 or older have gotten COVID shot

More than 70% of Americans age 30 or older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the White House said, even as President Joe Biden is set to fall short of reaching his goal of giving a shot to the same percentage of all American adults by Independence Day.

NJ COVID vaccine milestone

New Jersey surpassed 4.7 million people fully vaccinated ahead of the state’s goal of June 30.

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 892,713 total positive PCR tests in the state since March 2020, and there have been 23,740 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the state Health Department.

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