WEST ORANGE, NJ -- On a day when the number of new cases in the township fell by six, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi reported the news of 20 new deaths over the last week that have been attributed to the COVID-19 coronavirus on Tuesday.

"By far the toughest single day for our community dealing with this crisis," Parisi posted on his Facebook page Tuesday. "There are 20 new COVID-19 related deaths to report today bringing our Township total to 52 residents and neighbors that have perished as a result of this virus. The township offers deepest sympathies to all the families."

There were 31 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in West Orange as of Tuesday morning. There had been 37 new cases reported on Monday.

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The total intake of cases in West Orange is 585, with a total of 536 current active cases. Twenty township residents remain hospitalized and of them, six are in ICU.

The ages of the 20 most recently deceased range from 44 to 97. Two of the 20 deaths were under age 60.

The Mayor’s Sunshine Fund has been established to support many residents during the health crisis. The link below can be used for making tax deductible donations to the fund: www.westorange.org/sunshinefund

"Any little bit will help us to help those that need it the most," Parisi said.