The U.S. topped 900,000 recorded deaths from COVID-19 Friday. President Biden marked the grim milestone by urging all Americans to get vaccinated and boosted. Case numbers are steadily falling from this winter’s Omicron-fueled highs, though experts say related deaths — which now average over 2,500 per day — have yet to peak.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is lifting his state’s mask mandate in schools. This follows a similar decision in Pennsylvania last month. The governors of New York and Connecticut said last week they are reconsidering school mask mandates, as well.