LIVINGSTON, NJ — At the midway point of October, the Livingston Health Department (LHD) reported a cumulative total of 585 cases of COVID-19 among Livingston residents and 72 resident deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, indicating an increase of 36 new cases since Oct. 1 and zero new deaths.

Based on the LHD’s COVID-19 data, which has been updated almost daily since Sept. 1 and is considered the most accurate source for local statistics, Livingston’s five-day rolling average for new cases was three per day as of Oct. 15.

Additionally, data shows that the township has seen an increase of 50 new COVID-19 cases since the first day of fall, Sept. 22. During the summer, from June 20 to Sept. 21, Livingston saw a total increase of 39 new cases compared to 496 cases reported between March 18 and the end of spring on June 19.

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Within Livingston Public Schools, there have been four COVID-19 cases reported among staff members and one reported among students since the buildings reopened. CLICK HERE for more details on these cases.

There are currently no outbreaks of COVID-19 associated with Livingston’s long-term care (LTC) facilities, meaning that there has not been a new case reported within those facilities for at least 28 days or longer, according to the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH).

Only nine Essex County-based LTC facilities remain on the state health department’s list of COVID-19 cases associated with LTC facilities, which can be found BY CLICKING HERE.

There were 22,112 total COVID-19 cases included in Essex County’s report on Thursday—indicating an increase of 112 from the previous day—along with 1,905 deaths attributed to the coronavirus. Since Oct. 1, there have been 986 new cases and five new deaths reported in Essex County.

The NJDOH reported 973 new positive COVID-19 test results on Thursday for a cumulative total of 216,994 statewide. According to Gov. Phil Murphy, Ocean and Bergen counties joined Essex in reporting more than 100 cases on Thursday, while Middlesex County reported 89 new cases and Hudson and Monmouth counties both reported more than 70 new cases.

The statewide positivity rate for all tests recorded on Oct. 11 was 4.35 percent, and the statewide rate of transmission is currently 1.16, according to the governor.

“We need to get these numbers down,” said Murphy. “Wear a mask. Social distance. Wash your hands.”

Six additional COVID-19 deaths were reported on Thursday for a statewide total of 14,408 confirmed deaths. The current total of “probable deaths” is 1,789.

There are also 733 patients in New Jersey hospitals as of Thursday, including 542 COVID-19 positive patients and 191 "persons under investigation" pending the return of test results. There are currently 60 ventilators in use and 178 patients in intensive care. 

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