PISCATAWAY, NJ - Middlesex County health officials are reporting 5 new positive COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total to 819 Piscataway residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.  No additional information regarding the new cases was provided.

The reported death toll remains at 32 for the township.

There are now 15,977 positive cases in Middlesex County and 996 deaths, according to covid19.nj.gov.

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The New Jersey Department of Health reported 160,918 cases Monday and 11,721 deaths.

Governor Phil Murphy announced Monday at his daily COVID-19 press conference that effective June 15, outdoor dining at restaurants can commence, and non-essential in-person retail can begin.

Murphy said that the re-opening of New Jersey is possible because of the continuing decline in key indicators, most notably a drop in new positive COVID-19 cases, new hospitalizations and the number of patients on respirators. 

He said the number of new hospitalizations (36) was dwarfed by the number of discharges (160).

For questions regarding COVID-19, call the NJ State Health Call Center at 1-800-222-1222. This information is available in several languages. 

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