BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - There are 71 total reported cases of COVID-19, with 40 of those cases currently active and 14 of them are in our long-term care facilities, according to a new report released by the Township.

There are 31 cases in Berkeley Heights that are considered "closed," including 8 deaths. 

"There have been four additional deaths at one of Berkeley Heights’ long-term care facilities, bringing the total number of those who have perished from COVID-19 to 8; all 8 were residents of such a facility," said the release from the Township.

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“We are deeply saddened to learn of these additional deaths,” Mayor Devanney said. “We know the elderly and those with preexisting conditions such as lung disease or diabetes are more vulnerable to COVID-19 and its complications, but that doesn’t make this news any easier to hear. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Below are the latest numbers, as of Thursday April 8, for new cases and deaths across the state:

New Jersey: 

  • 275 new deaths;
  • 1,504 total deaths
  • 3,088 new positive cases
  • 47,437 total cases

Union County

  • 30 new deaths
  • 125 total deaths
  • 410 new cases
  • 4,831 total cases

Berkeley Heights

  • 40 active cases; 14 of them are in our long-term care facilities
  • 31 of our cases are considered “closed,” (recovered + 8 deaths)
  • 71 total cases 

Also as a reminder, as of Tuesday night (April 7), all State and County parks are closed per Governor Murphy’s Executive Order to further social distancing efforts. Under Executive Order No. 108 (2020), municipalities still have the authority to keep municipal parks open or closed.

“We want Berkeley Heights residents to be outside and exercise, get the kids - and themselves - out into the fresh air during the Governor’s stay-at-home order,” Mayor Devanney said. "But they need to follow the social distancing rules whenever they are outside in public areas."

Meanwhile, Governor Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 119, which extends the Public Health Emergency declared on March 9, 2020 through Executive Order No. 103. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed. 

“While we have taken aggressive action in our fight against COVID-19, we must continue to use every resource at our disposal to flatten the curve and mitigate the spread of the virus,” said Governor Murphy. “Extending this order allows us to continue taking appropriate action to protect the public health and welfare of New Jerseyans during this challenging time. ”

Family of any Berkeley Heights resident living in one of our long-term care facilities should call the facility director for any information related to their loved one. If you cannot get the answers you need from the facility, you can call the Health Care Facilities hotline at 800-792-9770.