CHATHAM, NJ - For those who think it's okay to congregate at the Shunpike athletic fields or crowd the pathway at the Giralda preserve, Chatham Township Mayor Michael Kelly offered some sobering news at the committee meeting held Thursday evening.

Kelly announced that earlier in the day, Chatham Township had broken the 100 mark in confirmed Coronavirus cases, and that four new deaths were reported, pushing that total to 17.

Hit the hardest were the elderly, as residents of long-term care facilities - Chatham Hills and Juniper Village - accounted for 75 percent of the confirmed cases of the virus, according to Kelly.

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"Our local numbers show that it is clearly too soon to drop our guard," Kelly said. "Today, we exceeded 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chatham Township, which is a disheartening benchmark. Health officials reported seven new positive test results today, bringing our township total to 103. As of yesterday, three-quarters of those cases were at our two long-term care facilities. Thirty of the positive cases were at Chatham Hills and 45 were from Juniper Village.

Sadly, four new deaths of Chatham residents were reported today bringing our total to 17. As of midweek, four of those total deaths were residents of Chatham Hills and five were residents of Juniper Village."

Mayor Kelly talks about exceeding 100 confirmed cases of Coronavirus

Kelly reported on 1,380 people who have recovered from the virus and were released from the hospital, but read a letter from a frontline doctor warning that the pandemic is not yet over.

Mayor Kelly reads a letter from Dr. Rice about the virus pandemic