WEST ESSEX AREA, NJ — Long-term care (LTC) facilities in Caldwell, West Caldwell, Fairfield and Roseland accounted for 241 of the 501 confirmed COVID-19 cases in six western Essex County communities as of Tuesday morning's county reports.

According to county data, there were 18 cases in Caldwell's one LTC facility, 18 in Roseland's one facility, 32 in Fairfield's one facility and 173 between West Caldwell's three facilities. There have been 49 deaths to residents in those facilities attributed to the coronavirus as well, 34 of which have been in West Caldwell.

North Caldwell and Essex Fells do not have any LTC facilities within their municipalities. 

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Only one of the six West Essex towns saw an increase in COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday morning, as Caldwell reached an even total of 100 cases. In the six communities, 73 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19, and 67 percent of those have occurred to residents of LTC facilities.

Essex County has a total of 14,891 coronavirus cases as of Tuesday morning, with 97 new cases reported since 5 p.m. on Monday.

There have been 15,675 tests that have come back negative in the county, which means there now have been more negative tests than positive tests in the county since COVID-19 testing began in March. There have also been 1,324 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Essex County.