NJ COVID latest: Sunday, May 16, 2021

A woman prepares a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in the gymnasium of International High School in Paterson, New Jersey, on Jan. 20, 2021.

A woman prepares a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in the gymnasium of International High School in Paterson, New Jersey, on Jan. 20, 2021.

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.

Daily Indicators

Gov. Phil Murphy released the following data Sunday afternoon:

  • 559 new positive PCR tests
  • 882,973 total positive PCR tests
  • 97 new positive antigen tests
  • 127,786 total positive antigen tests
  • 9 new confirmed deaths
  • 23,313 total confirmed deaths
  • 2,648 probable deaths
  • 7,987,479 total vaccine doses administered
  • 3,848,420 fully vaccinated New Jerseyans
  • Hospitalizations have fallen below 900 for the first time in nearly 6 months
  • 14-day drop in hospitalizations is second in the nation, behind only Delaware

Children should wear masks in schools: CDC

Schools in the United States should continue to use masks for the 2020-2021 academic year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday.

The CDC in its latest guidance said all kindergarten through grade 12 schools “should implement and layer prevention strategies and should prioritize universal and correct use of masks and physical distancing.”

Vaccinated? Here’s how to score some freebies

A handful of nationwide businesses are incentivizing people to get the COVID-19 vaccine by offering free goods, from beer to dessert-on-a-stick. Click here for a full list of freebies to take advantage of.

Can I still spread COVID if I’m vaccinated?

At the start of the vaccination drive in the United States, it was altogether unknown whether the COVID-19 vaccines would prevent transmission of the virus. But recently, thanks to a series of studies, we’re getting greater clarity about the potential for fully vaccinated people to spread the vaccine.

New Jersey hits 70% of adults with at least one vaccine shot

At least 70% of adults in the Garden State have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The state became the seventh state to cross the threshold — following Vermont, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine — on Saturday, according to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain.

Walmart, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Publix to drop mask mandate

Following the CDC’s relaxed guidance on wearing masks, some retail stores and businesses are continuing their mandates to ensure the safety of customers and employees. Others like Walmart and Costco have dropped their requirements. Click here to see a full list of updated store policies.

NJ keeping mask mandate in most indoor settings

New Jersey residents should plan to continue to wear masks in most indoor situations, at least for the near future, Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday despite loosened guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Murphy said he believes the state will get to the CDC’s new guidelines on masks “in short order,” but added that people should still wear masks if they’re indoors unless they’re with people in their “bubble.”

He also announced he intended to allow the state’s public health emergency related to COVID-19 to expire in mid-June.

Saturday’s official numbers:

As of Saturday, there have been 882,750 confirmed cases in the state since March 2020, and there have been 23,304 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the state Health Department.

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