WEST ORANGE, NJ — Following a large one-day jump in the number of new cases due to increased testing of occupants and staff in long-term care facilities, the amount of additional COVID-19 cases in West Orange retreated sharply on Tuesday.
There were eight new cases of COVID-19 — and no additional deaths — in West Orange on Tuesday. On Monday, Mayor Robert Parisi had reported 57 new cases of the virus, explaining that the Public Health Directive 20-013 providing testing for all residents and staff members at licensed long-term care facilities, assisted living residences, comprehensive personal care homes, residential health care facilities and dementia-care homes resulted in many more tests conducted in the days leading up to the 57-case increase.
Prior to Monday, West Orange had experienced four days in a row with case increase totals of 10 or fewer.
The total of COVID-19 related deaths stood at 154 in West Orange on Tuesday. The eight additional cases since Monday brought the West Orange total intake of cases to 1,242. Deaths are included in this number and remain "active" cases until a full investigation is complete. Fifteen residents remained hospitalized and, of them, three were in intensive care.
There have been 1,770 tests for COVID-19 that have registered as negative in West Orange.
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 were 8,084 hospitalizations due to the coronavirus in New Jersey.