WEST ESSEX AREA, NJ - There were 232 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Essex County as of Saturday morning and a total of 6,977 in the county.

The virus has been attributed to 411 deaths in Essex County. There have been 4,839 county residents who have been tested and found to be negative for COVID-19.

Hundreds of COVID-19 positive patients are leaving hospitals every day and the pace of new positive cases across the state is slowing, Governor Phil Murphy said at his daily press briefing Saturday.

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Both of these statistics, he declared, are early signs that “we are beginning to beat the virus back.”

“If we all continue face covering, social distancing, and staying at home we will win this war.”

Even with the positive trends that Murphy added showed “the curve is flattening,” 7,618 New Jersey residents remain hospitalized, 1,746 of them in critical or intensive care and 1,650 on ventilators, he said.

Murphy would also provide updates including that an additional 3,599 New Jersey residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and 251 “blessed souls” have been lost since Friday’s briefing.

In western Essex County, the Saturday data showed:

Caldwell: 54 cases (+1), 3 deaths
Essex Fells: 15 cases (+0), 1 death
Fairfield: 64 cases (+3), 3 deaths
North Caldwell: 31 cases (+1), 1 death
Roseland: 46 cases (+1), 6 deaths
West Caldwell: 98 cases (+0) 8 deaths


Steve Lenox contributed to this report.