NJ COVID latest: Monday, May 31, 2021

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A customer wearing a protective mask waits to be served at D'jais Oceanview Bar & Cafe beside a mostly empty beach Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Belmar, New Jersey.

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.

Update: New COVID cases, deaths in New Jersey

  • 177 new positive PCR tests
  • 887,699 total positive PCR tests
  • 40 new positive antigen tests
  • 128,633 total positive antigen tests
  • 5 new confirmed deaths
  • 23,542 total confirmed deaths
  • 2,670 additional probable deaths

COVID vaccine latest in NJ

As of Monday morning, 8,676,882 total doses have been administered statewide and 4,229,214 New Jersey residents were fully vaccinated.

Movie theater chains lift mask mandate

Masks are no longer required for people who are vaccinated at the three main movie theater chains in the United States. AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, and Regal Cinemas announced the decision two weeks after the CDC said fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most settings.

Vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children: What can they do?

Though COVID vaccinations are on the rise, children younger than 12 and those opting not to get vaccinated are still at risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus. One doctor weighs in on what unvaccinated children can and can’t do.

NJ to give COVID shots at the shore over Memorial Day weekend

Beachgoers at three popular Jersey Shore spots will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 over the Memorial Day weekend. Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday announced the “Shots At The Shore” campaign that will offer free vaccinations Saturday and Sunday at Sandy Hook, Long Branch and Asbury Park.

New Jersey drops indoor mask mandate

New Jersey dropped its statewide mask mandate for most indoor settings on Friday, following CDC guidance that says fully vaccinated people do not have to wear face coverings or social distance in most scenarios.

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 887,699 total positive PCR tests in the state since March 2020, and there have been 23,542 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the state Health Department.

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