ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — None of the six communities that comprise the area of western Essex County had any increases in the number of COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, according to data from Essex County.
While Caldwell (98 cases), Essex Fells (19), Fairfield (127), North Caldwell (39) and Roseland (82) each had the same number of cases as on Monday, West Caldwell was listed has having one fewer case (198) on Tuesday than on Monday. Although the Essex County Office of Emergency Management listed Fairfield's total number of cases as 127, the township website reported late Monday that the "current confirmed COVID-19 positives" in the community actually totaled 46.
"(W)e are happy to see the downward trend in weekly numbers, which shows that Caldwell residents have been taking this seriously to protect themselves and all our neighbors," said Caldwell Mayor John Kelley on that borough's website late Monday. "Thank you to all for your vigilance, and please keep up the good work as additional businesses start to reopen this week."
In Essex County, there were 28 new confirmed coronavirus cases as of Tuesday morning and a total of 16,747 in the county. The virus has been attributed to 1,566 deaths in Essex County. There have been 27,261 county residents who have been tested and found to be negative for COVID-19.
Statewide, there have been 149,013 cases, an increase of 974 overnight, with 10,586 deaths reported, according to the State Department of Health. Tuesday was the 14th consecutive day that the daily total of new COVID-19 cases in the state was less than 2,000.
The New Jersey Department of Health reported that 3,481 patients were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases as of Monday night. That is 57 percent fewer patients in the hospital for COVID-19 than five weeks ago, when there 8,084 hospitalizations due to the coronavirus in New Jersey.