CRANFORD - Mayor Patrick Giblin, the Health Department, and Office of Emergency Management today received notice from the State Department of Health that there are 16 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Cranford, bringing the township's total to 182.

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).

During his daily update Thursday evening, Mayor Patrick Giblin mentioned that although only one Cranford resident death due to COVID-19 has been announced publicly, Cranford officials have been made aware of others. Due to the state being backed up and lack of accurate and official information, the township will not be releasing Cranford resident COVID-19 related death statistics at this time. 

"Out of guidance from our Health Department and our Office of Emergency Management, we are not releasing those statistics, the reason because the State of New Jersey is so backed up with the reporting for this, that we want to make sure it is accurate numbers," said Mayor Giblin.