WEST ORANGE, NJ — The total of COVID-19 cases in the Township of West Orange increased by five on Friday, according to county and local data, bringing the total of "current active" cases in West Orange to 681. 

Although the total intake of West Orange cases reached 1,167 on Friday, Mayor Robert Parisi explained that 57 cases have been officially transferred other Municipalities and 429 cases have either been closed or recovered. He also noted that deaths are considered “active cases” until the investigation is complete. 

The death toll surpassed 150 this week in West Orange after four additional deaths between Wednesday and Friday morning brought the total to 152. 

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However, Parisi also announced on Friday that there was a "big jump in completely recovered cases in last 24 hours," which he said was "a good sign."

Fourteen West Orange residents are currently hospitalized, with four of them being treated in intensive care units (ICU), and 1,471 residents have received negative test results, according to the mayor. 

The county reported a total of 1,520 deaths attributed to COVID-19 and 16,103 coronavirus cases as of Friday morning, which represents an increase of 94 since late Thursday. Additionally, a total of 22,867 residents have tested negative for COVID-19.

The statewide case total increased by 1,201 overnight from Thursday into Friday, bringing the total to 143,905 cases as well as 10,138 deaths attributed to COVID-19, according to the State Department of Health. Friday was the 10th consecutive day that the daily total of new COVID-19 cases in the state has been under 2,000.