CRANFORD - Cranford Mayor Patrick Giblin, the Health Department, and Office of Emergency Management today received notice from the State Department of Health that there are two new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Cranford. These two positive cases bring Cranford’s total to 8 confirmed cases as of March 21, 2020.

Governor Murphy and State health officials held a press conference today announcing all of the state’s nearly 9 million residents should stay at home and the closure of all non-essential retail businesses to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and to protect the capacity of New Jersey’s health care system for the state’s most vulnerable.

"We must flatten the curve," Murphy said. "We can no longer maintain a sense of business as usual. ...Just as it’s no time to panic, it’s time to be smart, transparent and aggressive." 

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While New Jersey continues to work with New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware, all gatherings are canceled until further notice; that means no weddings, in-person services or even parties.

"This decision is not an easy one and it pains me that important life moments will not be celebrated in the way we are accustomed to," Murphy said. Additionally, he urged those who have homes at the Jersey Shore to not go to them at this time. "The local infrastructure, especially the health care infrastructure and especially in off-season, is not prepared for the influx of part-time residents." 

"Please stay at your primary residences," he added.

“Stay at home” order: All residents are to stay at home or at their place of residence unless they are leaving for the following reasons:

  1. Obtaining goods or services from essential retail businesses;
  2. Obtaining takeout or food beverages from restaurants;
  3. Seeking medical attention, essential social services, or assistance from law enforcement;
  4. Visiting family or close friends, caretakers, or romantic partners;
  5. Reporting to or performing their job;
  6. Walking, running, or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners;
  7. Leaving for an educational, religious, or political reason;
  8. Leaving because of a reasonable fear for health or safety; or
  9. Leaving at the direction of law enforcement or other government agency.

Individuals who have to travel must practice social distancing when possible and should use public transportation only if they have no other feasible choice.