WEST ORANGE, NJ -- After a spike in new cases two days ago, the township has seen the rate of increase in additional COVID-19 cases slow down the last two days.
For the second day in a row, there were 22 new cases of the coronavirus confirmed in West Orange on Saturday after an increase of 46 on Thursday.
"Sadly, there is one additional COVID-19 related death to report. This brings the township total to 99 of our neighbors that have succumbed to the virus," West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi posted on his Facebook page. The newest reported death was actually from April 16. The patient was 65 years old.
"Wishing everyone impacted by this a speedy recovery," Parisi said. "Two days in a row with numbers in the low 20s...a good sign!"
There have been a total of 908 coronavirus cases in West Orange since the start of the outbreak, and 756 current active cases. There are 19 residents hospitalized with the virus, including five who are in ICU.
Essex County has a total of 12,545 cases as of Saturday morning. There have been 1,020 deaths associated with COVID-19 in the county. There have also been 9,722 tests in the county that have come back negative for the virus.