WEST ORANGE, NJ — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Township of West Orange has increased from 34 to 47 in a 24-hour span, according to Mayor Rober Parisi, who announced on Thursday that five of the affected individuals are currently hospitalized while the others are recovering at their homes.

On Wednesday, the township confirmed its first case among township employees when a first responder tested positive. According to the mayor, all required steps for isolating employees and members of the public that had come in contact with this employee have been taken, and the employee is recovering at home.

Earlier this week, the West Orange Health Department reported that two West Orange residents who tested positive have already recovered and have been released. Those residents have not been included in the total noted on Thursday.

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“The expectation is that this number is going to continue to grow over the coming days as more testing is becoming available and more residents are getting tested,” said Parisi.

Although the township is not able to release the identity, address, place of work or other personal information of any affected individuals, the township is able to release the number of positive cases as well as the gender and age of each patient. The ages currently span from 14 to 79 years old. 

The age and gender of the 13 additional cases confirmed between on Thursday were reported as follows:

  • 14-year-old female (not in West Orange Public Schools)
  • 23-year-old female
  • 28-year-old female
  • 31-year-old female
  • 41-year-old female
  • 47-year-old male
  • 48-year-old female
  • 65-year-old male
  • 66-year-old male
  • 66-year-old male
  • 75-year-old male
  • 75-year-old female
  • 79-year-old male

The age and gender of the seven additional cases confirmed on Wednesday were as follows:

  • 18-year-old female
  • 28-year-old male
  • 32-year-old female
  • 38-year-old male
  • 50-year-old female
  • 57-year-old female
  • 57-year-old female

The age and gender of the 21 cases confirmed on Tuesday were reported as follows:

  • 15-year-old male (not in West Orange schools)
  • 21-year-old male
  • 40-year-old male 
  • 40-year-old female
  • 42-year-old female
  • 42-year-old male
  • 47-year-old male
  • 47-year-old female
  • 50-year-old female
  • 51-year-old male
  • 52-year-old male
  • 55-year-old female
  • 57-year-old male
  • 57-year-old male
  • 62-year-old male
  • 63-year-old male
  • 63-year-old male
  • 64-year-old female
  • 65-year-old male
  • 69-year-old female
  • 69-year-old female

The mayor also reminds residents that the township remains under a State of Emergency.

The Shop Rite, at Essex Green and Whole Foods, at West Orange Plaza continue to provide specific hours for senior citizens (60 years and older) or “high-risk residents” as follows:

  • Shop Rite: from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. each day
  • Whole Foods: from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. each day

Shop Rite and Whole Foods is asking for honorary compliance and hoping all other residents will respect these new temporary honors for their senior neighbors.

All Township of West Orange municipal buildings have been closed to the public until further notice, although departments will remain staffed to ensure the continued delivery of essential services. CLICK HERE for the West Orange Township Department Directory.

The township also remains under a local "State of Emergency," and only essential businesses will continue to operate. All non-essential businesses that cannot operate remotely from home locations have been closed. 

The New Jersey Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Call Center can be reached at 800-222-1222 (or 800-962-1253 for non-New Jersey numbers) and can accommodate callers in multiple languages.