PISCATAWAY, NJ — After data verification, Middlesex County health officials reduced the reported total to 900 Piscataway residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. 

The reported death toll remains at 36 for the township.

According to covid19.nj.gov, there are now 17,379 positive cases in Middlesex County and 1,180 confirmed deaths.

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The New Jersey Department of Health reported on Wednesday a total of 177,645 positive cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began its spread in the state 142 days ago, and a total of 13,787 deaths during that time, an increase of 24 overnight. 

There have been 1,840,929 COVID-19 tests administered statewide.

During his briefing on Wednesday, Governor Phil Murphy reported that the number of “probable deaths” dropped to 1,920 since some prior cases have been resolved.

The governor also announced 873 COVID-19 patients in New Jersey, 423 of whom have tested positive for COVID19 and 450 who are listed as “Persons Under Investigation” pending the return of test results. He said that of those patients, 151 are in either critical or intensive care and 77 of them are on ventilators.

“Our hospital trends continue in the right direction, but we’re not out of the woods yet. We must remain vigilant, so we don’t experience a rebound of COVID-19,” said Murphy, who announced a spot positivity rate for tests from July 18th was 2.48%. Meanwhile, the rate of transmission stands at 0.90.

“These are among our best indicators related to the continuing spread of coronavirus. The lower both numbers get, the slower the spread,” Murphy said. “Keep social distancing. Keep wearing a mask. We’re all in this together.”

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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