PISCATAWAY, NJ — Middlesex County health officials reported 4 new positive COVID-19 cases in Piscataway over the last 24-hour period, bringing the total to 812 residents who have tested positive. No additional information regarding the new cases was provided.

The reported death toll remains at 32 for the township.

There are 15,633 positive cases in Middlesex County and 968 deaths, according to covid19.nj.gov.

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The New Jersey Department of Health reported 157,185 cases Thursday, an increase of 1,187 with 11,401 deaths, an increase of 61 overnight.

Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli also confirmed that 2,797 patients are hospitalized for COVID-19 as of 10 p.m. Wednesday — the second minor increase since Tuesday. 

Of the new hospitalizations, 740 individuals were in critical or intensive care, and 564 required ventilators.

Governor Murphy said the state health department will be looking for any correlation between the hospitalization increase and this past weekend — considering both Memorial Day and any reporting lags. 

As the Garden State heads toward it’s reopening, NJ Medical Director Lifshitz and Gov. Phil Murphy said it is imperative that residents not only wear face masks while outdoors but have them cup their chins and cover their noses in the process.

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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