CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough Mayor Thaddeus Kobylarz made his second recorded message on the Coronavirus situation Wednesday, April 1, painting a grave picture of the pandemic but ending on a positive note: "We will get through this, I have no doubt."
Kobylarz said that Chatham Borough Council member Carolyn Dempsey and her husband, Brian, are self-isolating with fever symptoms. He also gave an update on recreation coordinator Carol Nauta and her husband Bill, who have been hospitalized by the Coronavirus. Kobylarz reported that Carol Nauta should be released from the hospital soon and that Bill Nauta is being treated in the Cardiac Care Unit.
Kobylarz put the confirmed case number at 13 in Chatham Borough as of Wednesday.
In his nearly 20-minute address, Kobylarz quoted Gov. Phil Murphy and Winston Churchill. According to Kobylarz, Gov. Murphy is warning that New York's problems will be headed to New Jersey and predicted it would hit the Garden State like "A fire through dry grass with a strong wind behind it."
Kobylarz emphasized the seriousness of the virus and warned that "April will be a very tough month" and advised residents to take social distancing seriously, as if "your lives depended on it."
The mayor also pointed to a "silver lining" of death rates that are very likely lower than first reported because of the number of mild cases that have not been counted in the equation.
The mayor's full message can be viewed below: