NJ COVID latest: Thursday, June 24, 2021

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Mask-wearing shoppers make their way down a concourse at the American Dream Mall, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, after the megamall reopened to the public. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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 gives NJ COVID-19 update

Daily health indicators

  • New cases: 210 (Statewide total: 892,027)
  • Hospitalizations: 315
    • ICU: 53
    • Ventilators: 27
  • New deaths: 6 (Death toll: 23,718) 
  • The statewide rate of transmission: 0.97
  • Vaccines administered: 9,535,641
    • Fully vaccinated: 4,863,135

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.

NJ schools mask mandate frustrations spill out during hearing

Frustrated parents called on New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to relax mandates for mask wearing in schools across the state. The testimony came on June 11 during an Assembly Republican hearing on masks in schools and featured testimony from mothers and at least one school nurse.

Poll: Americans who refuse COVID vaccine likely won’t change mind

According to the poll published on June 8 by the analytics and advisory company Gallup, 78% say they are unlikely to reconsider their vaccination plans, including 51% who say they are “not likely at all” to change their mind and get vaccinated.

What is happening with the US investigation into COVID-19’s origins?

Once dismissed by most public health experts and government officials, the hypothesis that COVID-19 leaked accidentally from a Chinese lab is now receiving scrutiny under a new U.S. investigation.

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 Thursday, there have been 892,027 total positive PCR tests in the state since March 2020, and there have been 23,718 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the state Health Department.

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