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 three new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Cranford.

According to the release, these three new positive cases bring Cranford’s total to six confirmed as of March 20. According to the NJ Department of Health, as of today, there have been 890 positive test results and 11 deaths Statewide. 

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

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. 

If you are feeling sick, please stay home. Call your healthcare provider for guidance on how to manage your symptoms and if you can manage your symptoms (cough and fever) from home, please do so.