New Jersey sees surge in positive COVID-19 cases; announcement expected on teacher vaccine mandate

New Jersey health officials have reported a big jump in the number of reported COVID-19 cases.

News 12 Staff

Aug 20, 2021, 10:12 PM

Updated 968 days ago

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New Jersey health officials have reported a big jump in the number of reported COVID-19 cases.
The state reported more than 2,400 new cases on Friday, the most since April 24. Officials also say that there are 923 people hospitalized because of COVID-19, with 195 of them in the intensive care unit.
There are now more than 5.4 million people in the state fully vaccinated against the virus, with approximately 2,000 new people fully vaccinated within the last 24 hours.
The Murphy administration is expected to announce that all teachers in the state will be required to get the vaccine, according to state Sen. Joseph Vitale. He is the chairman of the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.
Vitale has been advocating for the COVID-19 vaccine at day care centers and preschools as well.
"It is imperative that we have our teachers and the students they teach back in the classroom, and in a safe environment when the fall semester begins,” Vitale said in a statement. "The recent surge has put us in a position where appropriate measures like this must be taken to ensure safety, and to enhance the learning experience."
Meanwhile, a federal appeals court has ruled that a pause on evictions during the pandemic must stay in place. Landlords from Alabama and Georgia are expected to appeal to the Supreme Court. The ruling does not affect New Jersey’s eviction ban, which remains in place until Jan. 1, 2022.


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