SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- South Brunswick Mayor Charles Carley cited encouraging trends in the area's continued fight against the coronavirus in a weekend message he posted on the township website.

Saying that he is "seeing progress," the mayor cited a plateau in the COVID-19 curve as new, more optimistic data has been emerging.

"The trends that OEM Director / SBPD Chief Ray Hayducka and Township Manager Bernie Hvozdovic have been reporting to you daily, based upon data provided by the Middlesex County Health Department and the NJ Department of Health, continue to show promise for an end to this chapter of our fight with COVID-19,"Carley said. "Coronavirus curves have plateaued, there are fewer COVID-19 hospital admissions in our area, and fewer COVID-19 patients in intensive care units and, indeed, in area hospitals. It seems to me that the pace of improvement is starting to quicken.

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"I think we all know that the reason we are now seeing progress is because of the good work of the people, each and all of us, who have acted in a disciplined and rational manner to this challenge. I think we all know that we have to keep at it for a bit longer."

Gov. Phil Murphy, during his daily press conference on Monday, announced 2,146 new positive test results, pushing the statewide total to 111,188. He also reported another 106 COVID-19 deaths, bringing New Jersey's total of loss of life to 6,044.

The increase of 2,146 cases is the lowest one-day rise in totals in the state in several weeks, although a lag in weekend reporting of new cases may partially account for that.