LIVINGSTON, NJ -- Essex County reported that Livingston had five more confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 9 a.m. Monday, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the township to 346.
There have been 39 deaths in Livingston that have been attributed to the coronavirus.
Across Essex County, there have been 10,713 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Monday at 9 a.m. The county reports 754 deaths that have been associated with the coronavirus. In Essex County, 7,663 COVID-19 tests have come back negative.
Statewide, there is a total of 88,806 cases, an increase of 3,505 overnight, with the statewide death toll now at 4.377, an increase of 175 overnight, according to the State Department of Health. Statewide there have been 89,251 negative test results.
Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday that the number of COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals across the state now exceeds the number of admissions due to the virus.
Murphy said that the three-day average for hospitalilzations from the COVID-19 virus is trending downward. For the 24-hour reporting period ending at 10 p.m. Sunday, there were 482 new hospitalizations and 583 patients discharged.
"Social distancing is working," Murphy said, reminding New Jerseyans that "we all have a role to play." The Governor said that decisions made with respect public health have been made with only one focus. "Every step we have taken--from closing non-essential businesses, to closing schools, to closing work sites, to requiring you all to wear a face covering at the supermarket--has been made with a singular goal in mind, and that is our mission to save lives."
Murphy said he is prepared "in the coming days" to lay out a blueprint of "principles and benchmarks" for an orderly re-opening of the state's economy. He cautioned residents not to have overly unrealistic expectations of what re-emergence from the current lockdown will look like, and that a recurrence of the virus must be vigorously guarded against once the state is opened back up. "We will be careful and we will be strategic. We will continue to ask you to play your part and you have all done an extraordinary job. We will make decisions based on facts and medical science so we do not exacerbate a boomerang wave," Murphy said.