PISCATAWAY, NJ — Middlesex County health officials reported five new positive COVID-19 cases over the last 24-hour period, bringing the total to 863 residents who have tested positive in Piscataway. No additional information regarding the new cases was provided.

The reported death toll remains at 34 for the township.

There are now 16,816 positive cases in Middlesex County and 1,122 confirmed deaths, according to covid19.nj.gov.

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New Jersey health officials reported 461 new cases bringing the state's total to 171,667 on Tuesday.  New Jersey is third in the nation for total cases behind New York and California. 

There are 47 new fatalities for a statewide total of 15,035.

The state's rate of transmission ticked up slightly to 0.88 but remains below 1 meaning every infected person is transmitting the disease to less than one person, according to Governor Murphy in his daily briefing.  Murphy also says this statistic is vitally important to keep below one as it is a sign that the disease is not spreading.

Hospitalizations for the virus were at 992, the third day in a row it was under 1,000.  Of those hospitalized, 211 were in critical care and 174 were on ventilators. The governor said these statistics continue to trend downward albeit more slowly.  

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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