LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following a few days of what he described as “encouraging numbers” that could “indicate a possible flattening of the curve of new cases and deaths associated with COVID-19” in the Township of Livingston, Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Christopher Mullin is asking all Livingston residents to continue practicing social distancing and following the recommended steps of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to flatten the curve even further.

“Although we may be seeing a slight turnaround in the numbers regarding new cases, this is not a time to let our foot of the gas pedal,” said Mullin. “We must all continue to practice social distancing to the greatest extent possible and wear a face covering when out in public places such as supermarkets, pharmacies, etc., gathering essential items.”

As of 9 a.m. on Monday, Essex County reported a total of 268 cases in Livingston and 26 deaths related to the coronavirus. Based solely on daily county reports—which may differ from other reports due to the time and frequency of cases being entered into the state, county and local systems—Livingston saw an increase of only five cases from Sunday to Monday and four cases from Saturday to Sunday compared to steeper increases seen last week.

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Leading into to the weekend, the township was seeing day-to-day increases of 14 cases from Wednesday to Thursday (217 to 231), Thursday to Friday (231 to 245) and Friday to Saturday (245 to 259).

Mullin stated on Monday that residents should be limiting trips to public locations, including supermarkets, in order to decrease their chances of contracting or spreading the virus.

He also urged residents to continue to wash their hands multiple times per day for at least 20 seconds, use a face covering when out in public, maintain a minimum six-foot distance when around others in public, cover cough and sneezes and clean all “high-touch” surfaces daily.

“We are just about a month into this quarantine order, and we are seeing signs that what we are doing is working on a societal basis,” he said. “The social-distancing aspect is the key factor in ‘breaking the back’ of the horrible virus, and we must continue if we want to see successful results and get things back to normal as quickly as possible…Let’s do our part now so we can all be together when this pandemic is over.”

Essex County reminds residents that the number of infected individuals in any municipality is likely to be much greater than indicated in the reports, as this data only includes persons who have been tested and whose lab results have been reported in the state’s data system.

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