LIVINGSTON, NJ — As of Feb. 16, the Livingston Health Department (LHD) has reported 110 cases of COVID-19 within the community since the start of the month, indicating that the LHD has received nearly 40 fewer positive test results in the first half of February than in the first half of January.

Although there has been no age report provided for those who have contracted COVID-19 over the last two weeks, the LHD recently shared the ages of 241 of the nearly 300 individuals who tested positive for the virus in January. Of those 241 individuals, nearly 27% were 20 years old or younger; about 26% were between the ages of 21 and 40; roughly 28% were 41-to-60 years old; approximately 11% were ages 71 or 80; slight less than 8% were 81 years or older.

A month-by-month age breakdown of the COVID-19 cases reported in Livingston from October 2020 through January 2021 can be seen in the photos above.

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According to the LHD, one new death attributed to the novel coronavirus was also reported earlier this month, bringing Livingston’s cumulative totals to 1,566 cases and 83 deaths since the start of the pandemic as of Tuesday.

It should be noted that cases reported through the LHD are likely to appear higher than those reported through Essex County, as LHD reports include positive antigen test results in addition to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. It should be noted that cases reported through the LHD are likely to appear higher than those reported through Essex County, as LHD reports include positive antigen test results in addition to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. Essex County reports currently indicate a total of 1,395 cases.

Statewide COVID-19 Update:

As Gov. Phil Murphy emerged from his self-quarantine on Tuesday after being potentially exposed to COVID-19 through a family member, he urged others to join his in wearing two face masks when venturing out in public.

"That’s the new norm, unfortunately, that we’ve got to live with," said Murphy, who tested negative for the virus last week but had been holding press conferences virtually until Tuesday out of an abundance of caution. "It won't be forever, but a double-mask is the strong advice.”

Highlighting the importance of covering of any gaps that may emerge while wearing face coverings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently informed the public that wearing two masks would increase protection against COVID-19 and its new variants.

During his COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, Murphy also announced 3,114 new coronavirus cases and 31 additional deaths in New Jersey, bringing the state’s cumulative totals to 669,481 cases and 20,251 confirmed COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Despite the continued increase in cases, Murphy said the state is still moving in a “good direction,” noting that the number of hospitalizations in New Jersey has decreased significantly to 2,411 patients as of Tuesday. On Monday, there were 178 admissions and 156 discharges to New Jersey hospitals, according to the governor.

Additionally, the spot positivity is under 10% as of this week, and the rate of transmission remains below the key metric of 1.0.

Although he did not have an updated vaccine figure to report on Tuesday, Murphy said the State of New Jersey is currently nearing 1.5 million shots given. This figure includes more than 1 million first doses and nearly 500,000 second doses.

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