NUTLEY, NJ - Reports from multiple government bodies confirm that COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Nutley and across the entire state of NJ. 

There were 1,994 new positive cases confirmed by the state today (Sat. Oct. 24) with Essex County with the greatest increase in cases (371 new positives), Hudson (197), and Bergen (151.) The cumulative total of confirmed cases across the state is now 227,339. NJ Gov. Phil Murphy stated, "We haven’t seen daily case numbers this high since May. We’re still in the midst of a pandemic and need everyone to take this seriously."

The governor also reported eight new confirmed coronavirus deaths for a total of 14,492 lives lost. "Again, I urge every New Jerseyan to stay vigilant. This virus has not gone away simply because we are tired of it. Stay #JerseyStrong."

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The Township of Nutley reported the cumulative number of cases in the community as 676 on Friday Oct. 23. The earliest report in the month, Oct. 2, showed a cumulative total of 610 cases - an increase of 65 cases since the state of the month. The number of souls lost to the pandemic remains at 37 in Nutley.

In Essex County, the Oct. 24 report shows a cumulative total of 23,588 cases. For comparison, the total number of cases on the Oct. 1 report for the county was 21,126. The county also reported an additional death today, bringing the cumulative total to 1912 in Essex County.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo said, "Today there were 356 new cases, and in the last week there were 1,260 new cases. We are experiencing a second surge of the virus. To protect yourself and the health of those around you, we must continue to wear masks, practice social distancing, and wash out hands regularly. Together, we can stop the spread!"

Editor's Note: COVID-19 reports are from the various reporting bodies, and are received hours apart. The difference in new daily cases reported by the state and county has been the norm since the pandemic first reached the Garden State. 

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