WEST ORANGE, NJ — The total of COVID-19 cases in the Township of West Orange increased by 10 on Thursday, according to county and local data.

According to Mayor Robert Parisi, there are now 714 current active cases of the coronavirus in West Orange, noting that deaths are considered “active cases” until the investigation is complete. Although the total intake of West Orange cases reached 1,162 on Thursday, Parisi explained that 75 cases have been officially transferred other Municipalities and 391 cases have either been closed or recovered.

Additionally, Parisi announced that 14 West Orange residents are currently hospitalized, with four of them being treated in intensive care units, and 1,448 residents have tested negative for the coronavirus. The township saw its 150th death attributed to COVID-19 on Thursday after two additional residents, ages 64 and 92, succumbed to the virus. 

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"Despite the continued sadness, our number of recovered cases and negative test results continue to climb," said Parisi. "[This is] a great sign, but not yet time to resume normalcy as all residents and neighbors continue to be impacted by this."

Essex County reported a total of 1,500 deaths attributed to the coronavirus and a total of 15,973 cases as of Thursday morning, which represents an increase of 67 cases countywide since late Wednesday. A total of 21,921 county residents have tested negative for COVID-19, according to Thursday’s data.

Statewide, Gov. Phil Murphy announced this week that New Jersey beaches and boardwalks will be open with some restrictions beginning on May 22.

All beaches will be open with limited capacity, meaning that there will be restrictions on badges and social-distancing requirements in place at both beach and lake areas. Keeping in line with current protocols for vising parks across the state, families will be able to sit together on the beaches, and changing facilities and bathrooms will be open for public use as well.

Although arcades and amusement rides will be permitted to reopen yet, the boardwalks will be open for walkers and joggers, and restaurants will be allowed to open for take-out and delivery. Visitors are encouraged—but not obligated—to wear masks when standing in line for food.

New Jersey's case total was 142,704 on Thursday, which represents an increase of 1,144 overnight, and 9,946 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19, according to the New Jersey Department of Health. Thursday is the ninth consecutive day that the daily total of new COVID-19 cases in the state has been under 2,000.

The three-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases in New Jersey was 919.7 as of Thursday, which is the lowest three-day rolling rate in nearly two months.