WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Mayor Robert Parisi announced the deaths of 10 more township residents Wednesday that were attributed to the COVID-19 coronavirus, with a total of more than 600 confirmed cases in the township.
But the number of new cases overnight, 20, was the lowest one-day increase the township has seen in 13 days.
Of the 10 latest fatalities, which occurred between April 2 and April 14, seven of them were age 86 or older. The youngest was 64. A total of 62 West Orange residents have died from COVID-19 related illnesses.
There have been 605 total confirmed coronavirus cases in West Orange, 545 of which are current "active" cases. There have been 456 tests of township residents that came back negative. Twenty West Orange residents remain hospitalized due to the virus, including six in intensive care units.
"Another tough day for West Orange as this crisis continues to take a toll on our community," Parisi said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. "The township offers our sympathies for these families and for all impacted by this virus."
In Essex County, 187 new COVID-19 cases were reported as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, bringing the county total to 8,561 cases. There have been 589 deaths attributed to the coronavirus in Essex County. There have been 5,837 tests in Essex County for COVID-19 that have come back negative.
"COVID-19 is impacting all segments of the community, from every demographic, but our elderly, as has been projected from the onset, are among those most likely to succumb to the virus as they are the most vulnerable," Parisi said. "The township is blessed to have a large senior citizen community, either as homeowners, or those living in one of the four senior citizen buildings or the 11 independent/assisted living communities.
"The township continues to work closely with the management of each of these communities to provide whatever support, education or assistance is required. Though the rest of us may not be able to help, we should continue to offer our prayers and positive thoughts for these important, and vulnerable, neighbors in our community."