PISCATAWAY, NJ — Piscataway saw an increase of 25 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 1,667 since the start of the pandemic, according to Middlesex County health officials. The reported death toll remains at 40 for the township.

According to covid19.nj.gov, Middlesex County reported 260 new positive cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 27,671 positive cases with 1,271 deaths since the pandemic began in March.

Statewide, New Jersey had an additional 4,669 new coronavirus cases and 34 COVID-19 deaths on November 21 according to the state department of health.

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According to covid19.nj.gov, the state reported 14,934 deaths and 302,039 confirmed positive coronavirus cases. The mortality rate of 4.94% as of November 20 continues to decline. The dashboard said 5,567,342 New Jersey residents were tested as of November 21 representing a 5.42% positivity rate.

In New Jersey the Rt rate lowered slightly to 1.38 as of November 21. Any number over 1 indicates the virus is spreading. The mortality rate in the state continues to decline as the rate of positive tests is increasing.

State officials announced hospitalizations on Saturday are down to 2,552 from 2,505 on Friday. Of those in the hospital 486 are in intensive care and 232 are on ventilators, 305 people have been discharged on November 20, “deaths excluded.”

“The numbers speak for themselves,” said Governor Phil Murphy in a Facebook post on Saturday. “Please take this seriously. Wear a mask. Social distance. Avoid large gatherings.”

For questions regarding COVID-19, call the NJ State Health Call Center at 1-800-222-1222. This information is available in several languages. 

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