SPRINGFIELD, NJ — After months of positive tests and more than a dozen deaths, the past week marked a major step forward for the Township of Springfield.

As of Sunday afternoon, for the fourth day in a row, Springfield had no new cases of COVID-19. The latest marks keep the town's total at 213 positive tests and 16 deaths.

Elsewhere, Union County had 229 new cases of COVID-19, and seven new deaths, totaling 13,225 positive tests and 738 deaths. Overall, the State of New Jersey had 3,144 new cases of COVID-19 and 137 new deaths, bringing the state total number to 126,744 positive tests, and 7,871 COVID-19 related deaths.

In addition to the tallies of COVID-19 cases, Springfield Mayor Chris Capodice reminded residents in his daily email that although Governor Phil Murphy had opened county parks, Springfield parks, playgrounds, and school fields remain closed for an abundance of caution.