CRANFORD - Cranford Mayor Patrick Giblin announced Thursday evening that officials received notice of 11 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in town, bringing Cranford's total to 83.

To protect the private medical information of these individuals, Cranford will not be releasing additional information about these cases. Residents are asked to respect the impacted residents right to privacy based on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The Township Health Department is conducting contact tracing pursuant to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and New Jersey Department of Health guidelines. Individuals who were in contact with the positive patients will be contacted and an investigation is ongoing. Each location visited by the positive cases will be notified of the individual’s exposure and symptoms to allow the identification of close contacts, and to increase awareness of those exposed for potential development of symptoms.

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Residents are reminded to remain vigilant in following the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control, the State of New Jersey, and public health officials when it comes to social distancing, hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and disinfecting common areas. It is the best way to reduce the rapid spread of this virus. 

New Jersey had 3,489 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 25,590. There were also 152 new positive cases in Union County, bringing the total to 2,010.