CRANFORD - Mayor Patrick Giblin announced during his daily COVID-19 update on Wednesday that township officials received notice of 12 new positive cases in town, bringing Cranford's total to 303. 

Mayor Giblin also announced two more residents in long-term care facilities have passed away from the virus, bringing the town's fatality total to 45. Of the 45 deaths, 34 were living in long-term care facilities. 11 deaths have come from those living in the community. Giblin called it an "ongoing struggle" to contain the outbreak in long-term care facilities throughout the state.

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).

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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 3,551 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the state's total to 95,865. In total, Union County has had 10,484 positive cases with 481 deaths.