NJ COVID latest: Thursday, April 29, 2021

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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. Murphy shares NJ COVID-19 data

Daily health indicators

  • New cases: 2,092 (Statewide total: 871,333)
  • Hospitalizations: 1,691
    • ICU: 384
    • Ventilators: 224
  • New deaths: 20 (Death toll: 22,904) 
  • The statewide rate of transmission: 0.72
  • Vaccines administered: 6,905,696
    • Fully vaccinated: 2,959,204

NJ doctor explains new CDC mask guidelines, vaccine safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took a major step Tuesday saying Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear a mask outside if not in a crowd.

Dr. Shereef Elnahal, CEO of University Hospital in Newark, explained (above) what the new guidelines mean and why we should still use common sense.

Plus, Elnahal talked about disparity in vaccine numbers in cities like Newark and why vaccines need to be seen as convenient and safe. Watch in full above.

Jersey City students begin returning to classrooms

Jersey City public school students in Pre-k through 3rd grade will return to school for in-person learning Thursday. While the school district initially shelved plans to bring students back, backlash from parents, and even Mayor Steven Fulop, caused the schools superintendent to change course and backtrack.

Students in grades 4 through 12 will return to classrooms on May 10.

Latest official numbers:

As of Thursday, there have been 871,333 confirmed cases in the state since March 2020, and there have been 22,904 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the state Health Department.

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