LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Township of Livingston is urging residents to continue following COVID-19 guidelines after seeing 15 new cases over the weekend and 32 new cases in the last week.

The Livingston Health Department (LHD) has received 50 positive COVID-19 test results in the last 14 days for a total of 85 new cases since Oct. 1 and a new cumulative total of 625 cases since March.

As of Monday, Oct. 26, there have been 73 local deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, including a total of 17 COVID-19 deaths from private residences in Livingston.

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According to LHD statistics, there have been no new cases or deaths reported from Livingston’s long-term care (LTC) facilities since August. Since the start of the pandemic, the LHD has reported 265 cases (or 42.4 percent of the township's total cases) and 56 deaths (76.7 percent) from LTC facilities.

With six days left to go in October, this marks the highest monthly increase in Livingston since May. From June 1 through Sept. 30, the LHD received a total of 68 positive test results—indicating that there have been 17 more COVID-19 cases reported thus far in October than in those four months combined.

The following is an age breakdown of 76 cases reported in Livingston from Sept. 1 to Oct. 20, including “probable cases,” meaning those who have either received positive COVID-19 test results via rapid testing or have developed symptoms after being knowingly exposed to someone confirmed as COVID-19 positive.

  • Age 0-10: 9 cases
  • Age 11-20: 15 cases
  • Age 21-30: 10 cases
  • Age 31-40: 12 cases
  • Age 41-50: 6 cases
  • Age 51-60: 18 cases
  • Age 61-70: 6 cases

According to the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), COVID-19 spikes have been occurring statewide, with Essex, Middlesex, Passaic and Union counties all reporting 110 or more new cases on Monday. Essex County reported 158 new cases on Monday for a cumulative total of 23,907. 

The NJDOH reported 1,223 new positive test results and seven additional deaths on Monday, bringing the state totals to 229,684 cases and 14,503 confirmed COVID-19 deaths. Four of the deaths reported on Monday have occurred in the last week, and the number of probable deaths remains at 1,789.

“We haven’t seen daily case numbers this high since May,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. “We’re still in the midst of a pandemic and need everyone to take this seriously.”

The statewide positivity rate for all tests recorded on Oct. 22 was 4.48 percent, and the rate of transmission was 1.23 as of Monday, Oct. 26.

Also as of Monday, there were 948 patients in New Jersey hospitals, including 767 who are confirmed COVID-19 positive and 181 Persons Under Investigation pending the return of test results. There are currently 178 patients in intensive care and 75 ventilators in use.

Murphy implored all New Jerseyans to do their part to “push these numbers back down.”

“A vaccine is not here yet,” he said. “We cannot let this virus run rampant until that day. We must work hard to make sure our communities stay safe and healthy until that day comes. Wear a mask. Social distance. Wash your hands.”

Livingston Township officials described Monday's local data a “whopping” increase via Facebook, where they urged Livingston residents to “mask up,” get their flu shots, wash their hands frequently and practice social distancing.

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