NJ COVID latest: Wednesday, May 5, 2021


FILE – In this May 19, 2020, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy wears a mask during his daily coronavirus news conference at the War Memorial in Trenton, N.J. A year after becoming a global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, New York and New Jersey are back atop the list of U.S. states with the highest rates of infection. Murphy said in recent days that he is hitting pause on further loosening of the rules because of New Jersey’s resurgence. (Chris Pedota/The Record via AP, Pool)

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

NJ reopening

  • Ban on interstate youth sports competitions lifted on May 19
  • Schools: Only 16 districts are holding all-remote learning (7 charter schools, 5 regular operating public school districts, 4 special-service schools) — asout 53,000 (In March: 142 school districts were holding all-remote learning) 
    • 5 regular-operating districts still on all-remote learning: Hillside, Irvington, Passaic, Paterson and Pleasantville
  • Homebound NJ residents: About 7,000 received in-home vaccinations. 
  • Shot and a Beer” program underway. Visit COVID19.nj.gov/shotandabeer for participating craft brewers

Daily health indicators

  • New cases: 1,309 (Statewide total: 877,814)
  • **Number is high because of errors where several cases were not reported (dating back to at least October)
  • Hospitalizations: 1,382
    • ICU: 314
    • Ventilators: 196
  • New deaths: 34 (Death toll: 23,067) 
  • The daily percent positive for test: 6.87%
  • The statewide rate of transmission: 0.34
  • Vaccines administered: 7,282,531
    • Fully vaccinated: 3,210,158

State Epidemiologist’s report

  • Department will work with schools to determine if they want to set up vaccine sites at schools or designate schedules at megasites
  • Ticks: Take steps to protect themselves
  • High number of antigen positives: Majority are delayed reports. Of the 1,700 antigen cases, about 1,400 of those cases were from over two weeks ago.

Latest official numbers:

As of Wednesday, there have been 877,814 confirmed cases in the state since March 2020, and there have been 23,067 lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the state Health Department.

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