BEDMINSTER, NJ — The Bedminster Township Committee on Monday night met in person for the first time in nearly seven months, since before the start of the coronavirus pandemic last March.

“We could meet in person, socially distanced, broadcast the meeting on Zoom so that we could be in person, meet together in person, yet still have a public accessible meeting,” Bedminster Mayor Larry Jacobs said, “and I am pleased to say that they pulled it off--not without some hiccups, but it’s been pulled off and here we are tonight.”

Jacobs reported that the latest data from the Somerset County Department of Health shows a total of 56 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and four deaths of Bedminster residents since the start of the pandemic. Jacobs said the number of positive cases only includes those confirmed by laboratories, and does not include rapid test results.

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“Perhaps these numbers are low, because they’re not inclusive of all the test results,” Jacobs said. “(Also), within the last several weeks we’ve seen--in my opinion--an uptick in the number of positive cases in the 18- to 20-year-old age range. … So we know that it is being transmitted among teenagers.

“We’ve said it before. Use common sense. Wash your hands, wear your mask, and socially distance when you can.”