WEST ORANGE, NJ -- The number of additional COVID-19 cases in the township dwindled considerably this week, with seven new cases being confirmed on Friday.

This was the second consecutive day with seven added coronavirus cases, and the third time in the last four days that the number of new cases has been less than 10.

"The number of recovered and closed cases took a big jump from yesterday’s number of 275," West Orange Mayor Rob Parisi said in a post on the township website, "and several of our residents have been released from the hospital, with the number of those hospitalized decreasing from 25 yesterday to 11 today. A good day!"

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West Orange has had 140 deaths attributed to COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March. The total intake of cases in West Orange is 1,102. Eleven residents remain hospitalized and, of them, four are in ICU. The number of current active cases in West Orange is 744. The total number of negative test results of West Orange residents is 1,228.

In Essex County, there were a total of 15,350 coronavirus cases as of Friday morning, an increase of 96 since late Thursday. There have been 1,402 deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19.