CEDAR GROVE, NJ - According to the township's Situational Awareness Report, 66 percent of Cedar Grove's positive COVID-19 cases stem from nursing and care facilities within the township.  

According to Saturday's report from Essex County there are currently 394 cases of COVID-19 in Cedar Grove with 97 deaths reported, while there are 119 cases in Verona with 13 deaths reported.  However, the total cases stemming from care facilities in Cedar Grove is 534 (including patients and staff) with 86 deaths reported.  The Essex County Hospital is not included in these numbers, but according to the Situational Awareness Report, there are less than 20 cases stemming from the hospital with no deaths reported.

Township Manager Tom Tucci explained the discrepancy between the reported numbers during a council meeting in April noting that long-term patients of these facilities are considered Cedar Grove residents so if they test positive for COVID-19 and/or pass away due to the virus they are included in the numbers for the township.  Short-term patients at these facilities who may have been impacted by the virus would be attributed to the numbers for the township in which they reside.  

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Here is a breakdown for each facility in Cedar Grove based on the information released by the state.

Care Facility Patients with COVID-19 Staff with COVID-19 COVID-19 Deaths
Alaris Health at Cedar Grove 46 31 10
Arbor Glen Center 36 14 9
St. Joseph's Health Care and Rehab Center 81 58 26
The Canterbury at Cedar Grove 156 21 19
Waterview Center 65 26 22

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