LIVINGSTON, NJ -- The number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases in the township Saturday increased by eight, with one additional death reported overnight in Livingston.

The total number of confirmed cases in Livingston was 259 as of Saturday morning. There have been 24 fatalities in the township attributed to the coronavirus.

In Essex County, there were 232 new confirmed coronavirus cases as of Saturday morning and a total of 6,977 in the county. The virus has been attributed to 411 deaths in Essex County. There have been 4,839 county residents who have been tested and found to be negative for COVID-19.

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Hundreds of COVID-19 positive patients are leaving hospitals every day and the pace of new positive cases across the state is slowing, Governor Phil Murphy said at his daily press briefing Saturday.

Both of these statistics, he declared, are early signs that “we are beginning to beat the virus back.”

“If we all continue face covering, social distancing and staying at home we will win this war.”

Even with the positive trends that Murphy added showed “the curve is flattening,” 7,618 New Jersey residents remain hospitalized, 1,746 of them in critical or intensive care and 1,650 on ventilators, he said.

Murphy would also provide updates including that an additional 3,599 New Jersey residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and 251 “blessed souls” have been lost since Friday’s briefing.

 

Steve Lenox contributed to this report.