West Orange COVID-19 Numbers Headed In Wrong Direction: Officials

Eric Kiefer
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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange’s coronavirus case numbers are “headed in the wrong direction,” town officials say.

On Tuesday, West Orange officials issued a COVID-19 update on social media. They wrote:

“17 additional cases to report today from 16 different addresses ranging in age from 8 to 58. Our numbers are headed in the wrong direction. We MUST take a pause to rethink some of actions we are taking to ensure the health and safety of our community.”

The infected people ranged in age from 8 to 58. They bring the total intake of confirmed cases in West Orange to 1,822. The town’s death total stands at 187, Mayor Robert Parisi reported.

The current COVID-19 totals also include 1,646 recovered/closed cases, and 11,020 negative test results, he added.

West Orange township officials offered several safety reminders for residents, including:

  • “No house parties”

  • “Wash your hands”

  • “Keep your distance”

  • “Wear your masks”

Meanwhile, the West Orange Public School District continues to cope the best it can with COVID-19 challenges, administrators reported Monday.

School officials wrote in a notice to the community:

“This letter is to inform you that one individual at Gregory Elementary School has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The school district is working closely with public health officials and is following CDC, state, and local health department guidance in order to ensure the health and safety of our community. Any individual who was identified as being a close contact with the positive individual has been notified to self-quarantine and monitor symptoms as a precaution, as per the guidance of the West Orange Health Department. All exposed areas in the school have been disinfected and cleaned and all schools are disinfected on a daily basis. The district continues to work in consultation with the local health department on this matter and we have been advised that there is no need to close school. The West Orange Health Department has advised the district that no additional action is necessary at this time.”

Another person tested positive for the virus at Roosevelt Middle School and also at St. Cloud Elementary School, prompting similar advisories from the district earlier this week.

School officials continued:

“For now, due to the dynamic circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and taking into consideration input from our school and township health experts, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Senior Spirit Night pep rally originally scheduled for Wednesday November 4. The Homecoming Ceremony, originally scheduled for tomorrow night has been rescheduled for this coming Friday Nov 6, immediately before our scheduled football game vs. Barringer High School at 7 p.m. We have a very limited number of tickets available for the football game on Friday night. Tickets will go on sale at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov 4 in front of the Tarnoff Gym. One ticket per customer on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, to ensure the safety and health of those on and off the field, we will be limiting the number of spectators at all sporting events to 250.”

“As we watch numbers of confirmed cases in town, around the county and country rise, we continue to put the safety, health, and well-being of our students, staff, coaches, and community at the top of our priority list,” school administrators said. “Please take this moment to ensure you’re doing everything in your power to prevent the spread of the virus.”

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