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.
COVID vaccine latest in New Jersey
As of Saturday, 10,007,908 total doses have been administered and 5,037,591 individuals who live, work, or study in New Jersey were fully vaccinated.
Update: New COVID cases, deaths in NJ
- 223 new positive PCR tests
- 893,617 total positive PCR tests
- 64 new positive antigen tests
- 130,496 total positive antigen tests
- 5 new lab-confirmed deaths
- 23,769 total lab-confirmed deaths
- 2,703 additional probable deaths
CDC eyes delta variant threat while greenlighting July Fourth gatherings
While the White House acknowledges it won’t meet its goal of vaccinating 70% of Americans by the Fourth of July, federal health officials say fireworks and parties can still go forward this year.
But the virus is making a comeback, driven by the more transmissible delta variant, which Walensky said she expects to soon surpass the alpha variant as the dominant strain in the nation. CDC data shows hospitalizations and deaths are now trending up.
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.
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.
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 Saturday, there have been 893,617 total positive PCR tests in the state since March 2020, and there have been 23,769 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the state Health Department.