WEST ORANGE, NJ -- In a further sign that the rate of new cases of COVID-19 is slowing in the township, Mayor Robert Parisi announced that there were just five new cases confirmed on Monday.

"The lowest one-day total of new confirmed cases in over a month," Parisi posted on his Facebook page Monday, "a good sign today!"

The five new cases represented the smallest overnight increase in West Orange in a month, and was the fourth consecutive day that there have been fewer than 30 new cases.

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The township, however, has surpassed the 100-mark in total deaths attributed to the coronavirus. There have been 101 residents who have died from COVID-19 related illness.

There are 777 current active cases of the virus in West Orange, including 20 hospitalizations that include five patients in ICU.

Essex County reported 204 new cases of COVID-19 between Sunday morning and Monday morning. There are 13,148 coronavirus cases in the county, and 11,016 tests for the virus have come back negative.