WEST ORANGE, NJ — On what the mayor termed "a good day," West Orange saw an increase of only four COVID-19 cases Sunday, the smallest total of additional cases in one day all month.

West Orange has had a total intake of 1,177 coronavirus cases, 638 of which are categorized as "current active" cases. Active cases do not include cases that have either been closed, recovered or transferred to another municipality. Deaths are considered "active" until the investigation is officially closed. The total of COVID-19-related deaths in West Orange remained at 154 as of Sunday night. 

"Today is [...] a great step forward," West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi said in a post on the township website Sunday. "There are no additional COVID-19 related deaths to report today and only four new confirmed cases."

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There are 15 township residents who are currenly hospitalized with the virus, including three who are being treated in intensive care units. Among all West Orange residents who have been tested for COVID-19, 1,555 of those tests came back negative.

In Essex County, there were 16,204 coronavirus cases as of Sunday morning, an increase of five since late Saturday. There have been 1,535 deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19. In the county, 24,542 tests for the virus have come back negative.