PISCATAWAY, NJ — Middlesex County health officials reported 5 new positive COVID-19 cases in Piscataway over the last 24-hour period, bringing the total to 771 residents who have tested positive. No additional information regarding the new cases was provided.

Sadly, one death was reported, increasing the death toll to 26 for the township. There are now 14,036 positive cases in Middlesex County and 794 deaths, according to covid19.nj.gov.

Statewide, there are 139,945 cases, an increase of 1,413 overnight, with 9,310 deaths reported, an increase of 55 since Sunday, according to the State Department of Health.

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“We’re seeing real progress in declining positivity rates,” said Murphy during his Monday briefing. 

“In our hospitals, the number of patients currently being treated for COVID-19 dropped by roughly 430 from where it was Saturday when we last met, and now stands at 4,195,” added Murphy.

Residents are reminded to remain vigilant in following the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control, the State of New Jersey, and public health officials when it comes to social distancing, hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and disinfecting common areas. These are the best ways to reduce the rapid spread of the virus. 

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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