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February 28, 2022

 2/28/2022 9:25 AM

COVID-19 Update for February 2022

Murphy will still wait a week to lift N.J. school mask mandate March 7 despite CDC’s new COVID guidelines

Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration will stick with plans to wait until March 7 — a week from Monday — to lift New Jersey’s statewide mask mandate in schools and child care facilities, despite the federal government softening COVID-19 guidance Friday, the governor’s office told NJ Advance Media.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new guidelines late Friday afternoon for communities where the virus is declining, with the focus less on positive tests and more on hospital numbers. Healthy people in areas considered at “low” and “medium” risk are no longer recommended to wear masks indoors, including in schools.

Many healthy Americans can take a break from masks, CDC says

Most Americans live in places where healthy people, including students in schools, can safely take a break from wearing masks under new U.S. guidelines released Friday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined the new set of measures for communities where COVID-19 is easing its grip, with less of a focus on positive test results and more on what’s happening at hospitals.

The new system greatly changes the look of the CDC’s risk map and puts more than 70% of the U.S. population in counties where the coronavirus is posing a low or medium threat to hospitals — including all of New Jersey. Those are the people who can stop wearing masks, the agency said.

Newark keeps indoor mask mandate, relaxes vaccine policy amid falling COVID cases

The mayor of Newark announced Thursday that the city will extend its indoor mask policy, but will end mandatory vaccination to enter certain indoor establishments. Mayor Ras Baraka announced the extension of the indoor mask mandate through Feb. 28. ABC-7 News

Feb. 27, 2022 - Covid Statistics

  • New Confirmed Cases: 1,081
  • Total Confirmed Cases: 1,871,963
  • As of 10 p.m., Feb. 26th:
    • Total hospitalizations: 788
    • Patients in critical or intensive care: 137
    • Ventilators in use: 89
    • Patients discharged: 128
  • New Lab-Confirmed Deaths: 10
  • Total Confirmed Deaths: 29,934
  • Total Probable Deaths: 2,960
  • Transmission (Rt) rate: 0.73
  • Total vaccine doses administered: 14,274,456 (not updated today)

    For charts, maps and more detailed numbers over time, visit our COVID-19 data page: Track COVID-19 in New Jersey: Maps, graphics, regular updates

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