WEST ORANGE, NJ -- On a day when Gov. Phil Murphy announced plans to allow state and county parks to reopen, West Orange showed a continued decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the township.
There were 13 additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus in West Orange on Wednesday, marking the third consecutive day that the number of new cases was below 20. The number of new cases in the 11 previous days in the township had averaged more than 30.
There are 788 current active cases of COVID-19 in West Orange, with 28 hospitalized and five in ICU. There have been 904 tests that have come back negative for the virus in West Orange. COVID-19 has been listed as the cause of 108 deaths of West Orange residents.
The Governor announced Wednesday and executive order that will take effect at sunrise on Saturday allowing the opening of state and county parks. The Governor will continue to mandate social distancing measures, however.
Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, part of the Essex County Parks System, is among the Essex County parks that were forced to close April 7 which will now be allowed to reopen.
The status of municipal parks will continue to be at the discretion of local town governments. Many towns in the area had already closed their parks prior to the Governor's executive order mandating closure of state and county parks.
There are 2,481 new cases of COVID-19 across the state on Wednesday, but that represents the third consecutive day that new cases statewide have been below 2,700, after they had exceeded 3,000 in seven of the eight previous days.