PISCATAWAY, NJ — Sadly, Middlesex County health officials reported one new death over the last 24-hours, increasing the death toll to 35 for Piscataway. 

Four new positive COVID-19 cases were reported since Wednesday, bringing the total to 883 Piscataway residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.  No additional information regarding the new cases was provided.

According to covid19.nj.gov, there are now 17,005 positive cases in Middlesex County and 1,160 deaths.

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On Friday, the New Jersey Department of Health reported a total of 174,628 positive cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began its spread in the state 131 days ago, and a total of 13,532 deaths during that time, an increase of 31 overnight. 

There have been 1,623,158 COVID-19 tests administered statewide.

In his Friday COVID-19 press briefing, Governor Phil Murphy shared that the rate of transmission fell to below 1.0 and is currently 0.98. The number of patients on ventilators dropped to 94 — below 100 for the first time in months. 

In addition, as of Thursday there were 904 people hospitalized and 162 in intensive or critical care. The daily positivity rate was 2.23% as of July 6.

“In the past couple of days…the rate of transmission has dipped. Thank God, let's keep it there below 1. It is currently at 0.98 This is a good sign, just two days ago was 1.1, meaning a rising rate of spread,” said Murphy. 

“Again, daily positivity and the rate of transmission or RT are the two most meaningful measurements we have of the spread of this virus across our state,” he said.

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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