EAST ORANGE/ORANGE, NJ - Talks of a “potential” second wave of COVID-19 are a thing of the past. The second wave is already here. New coronavirus cases are steadily rising each day, and the two towns of Orange and East Orange are not exempt. 

In Orange and East Orange alone, just two months ago, the numbers were going down.  Now the numbers are increasing by the day.

From October 25th to the 26th, there were 6 new positive cases in East Orange, and 24 hours later, 13.

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In Orange, from October 25th to the 26th there were 5 new cases, 1 death, and 24 hours later, 9 new cases. 

In the neighboring towns of Newark and Irvington, Newark had 87 and Irvington 15 new positive cases between the 25th and 26th of this month. Just a day later, Newark had 162 and Irvington 7. 

If these numbers do not sound like a lot to you, remember how the first wave of COVID-19 slowly began before doubling and tripling each day? As the old saying goes, the numbers do not lie.

Officials in Newark, the state's largest city, and East Orange have already begun to lay out new COVID-19 restrictions. While on Saturday, the 24th, New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy extended the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9th. This order has been extended seven previous times: April 7, May 6, June 4, July 2, August 1, August 27, and September 25. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed.

"Today's new COVID-19 case count marks our highest daily figure since May," said Governor Murphy." As we face a steep increase in cases, it could not be more important to ensure we have access to all available resources. Keeping New Jerseyans safe is our highest priority, today and every day. We are again extending the Public Health Emergency in order to do exactly that."

Residents of New Jersey are encouraged to practice social distancing, wear masks over the nose and mouth, wash hands often, and stay home when able. These things seem to be the only line of defense against this virus that has already claimed so many beloved community members. 

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