PISCATAWAY, NJ — Middlesex County health officials reported on Friday 3 new coronavirus cases in the last 24-hours, bringing the total to 911 Piscataway residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March. 

The reported death toll remains at 36 for the township.

According to covid19.nj.gov, there are now 17,476 positive cases in Middlesex County and 1,186 confirmed deaths.

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The New Jersey Department of Health reported on Friday a total of 178,345 positive cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began its spread in the state 144 days ago, and a total of 13,845 deaths during that time, an increase of 35 overnight. 

There have been 1,887,644 COVID-19 tests administered statewide.

There currently are 800 patients in New Jersey hospitals, 388 of whom have tested positive for COVID-19 and 412 who are listed as “persons under investigation” pending the return of test results. Of those hospital patients, 138 patients are in either critical or intensive care, and 62 of them are on ventilators.

New Jersey’s spot positivity rate for tests from July 20th was 2.36%, while its rate of transmission stands at 0.84.

“These are among our best indicators related to the continuing spread of coronavirus,” Governor Phil Murphy said in his Friday COVID-19 briefing. “The lower both numbers get, the slower the spread. Let’s keep them low.”

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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