WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Essex County had 1,408 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) as of Monday morning, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

The Township of West Caldwell had 12 confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death as of Monday morning, while the Borough of Caldwell also had 12 confirmed cases but no deaths within the community.

"As we all expect, this number will continue to increase and the borough will provide daily updates on the borough website," said Caldwell Mayor John Kelley. "A reminder: each of these cases represents one of our neighbors. Please keep them in your thoughts."

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Kelley added that the volume of calls received by the West Essex First Aid Squad has doubled in the last two weeks and that 80 percent of those calls have been related to COVID-19.

The Borough of Roseland, which has 17 confirmed cases as of Monday morning, announced the borough's first death related to COVID-19 on Friday. There was no other information released about the victim, who had been hospitalized prior to passing.

"On behalf of the entire Roseland community, we express our deepest sympathy for the family and loved ones of the patient who died, as well as the families of everyone who has been affected by this outbreak," said Roseland Mayor James Spango.

As of Monday morning, the New Jersey Department of Health also reported 11 cases in North Caldwell, 15 cases in Fairfield and six in Essex Fells. 

In addition to the 1408 positive COVID-19 cases reported in Essex County, there have been also been 1,546 tests that have come back negative.

Anyone wishing to be tested must meet specific testing criteria, which includes a fever of at least 99.6 degrees and respiratory symptoms of shortness of breath.