LIVINGSTON, NJ — The total of COVID-19 cases among Livingston residents remained under 500 at the start of July, as the township only saw 15 new cases and three deaths attributed to the coronavirus in June.

The total increase over the course of the month indicates a significant slowing of the spread within the Township of Livingston, which had previously seen a monthly increase of 283 new cases and 49 deaths in April followed by 89 cases and 13 deaths in May.

As of July 1, the township had 495 cases and 67 deaths related to COVID-19 within the community. According to county reports, there was one additional case reported on Thursday morning, bringing Livingston's case total to 496.

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New Jersey has been cited as one of only four states that currently appears to be on track for containing the novel coronavirus, according to Gov. Phil Murphy.

Murphy signed an executive order on Thursday raising the limit on crowd size for outdoor gatherings to 500 people, effective on Friday. Limits on all indoor gatherings remains at 25 percent of capacity or with a maximum of 100 people. 

The governor also reported a spot positivity rate of 2.95 percent for tests from June 28 as well as a 0.87 percent rate of transmission. 

The state's COVID-19 death toll was reported as follows as of Thursday afternoon:

  • 13,251 total deaths
  • 27 new deaths
  • 1,854 total probable deaths 

The case fatality rate in Essex County was 9.5 percent as of July 2 and 7.7 percent for the State of New Jersey. The county also noted that the case fatality rate for the City of Newark—the Essex County municipality with the highest case total at 7,837 and 632 deaths—is 8.1 percent. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), reported hospitalizations among COVID-19 patients were 6 times higher and deaths related to COVID-19 were 12 times higher among those with reported underlying conditions compared to those with no reported underlying conditions.

Although reports provide evidence that certain populations are at higher risk for severe outcomes, the Livingston Township Council reminds residents that “everyone should take steps to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.”

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