As of Sunday, April 5 we had 24 cases of COVID-19 in Robbinsville Township. While this may not seem positive, we also have our first three individuals who have recovered and are out of quarantine. This is actually great news. While the rate of infection has increased, so has the recovery. What is not widely reported, primarily because the statistic is more difficult to track, is more than 250,000 around the world have recovered from the virus. For this, I am grateful. The more individuals recover, the more we bend that curve in our favor.

Unfortunately, a large number of the 654 positive cases in Mercer County through Sunday are health care workers – heroes who knowingly and willingly put themselves in harm’s way to care for the rest of us. If you know someone working in the healthcare space, call, text, or write them a small note of gratitude. This has been an extremely stressful time for healthcare workers and their families. The hours have been long. They do not have enough supplies and the needs in some parts of the world, including New York and New Jersey, are overwhelming. Every worker that emerges from quarantine is a blessing. They can return to their loved ones and back to the front lines without fear.

Speaking of gratitude, I have to single out Jill Swanson. Jill has been our Health Director - based in West Windsor - for many years. She has been a rock and a calming force who has navigated our Township through this crisis with grace and poise.

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The Township continues to function very well, and we are able to maintain all services. As you have probably heard, the next few weeks may get tough. Do not panic. Please keep practicing social distancing and washing your hands. As always, please do not hesitate to call us at (609) 259-3600, or email at mayor@robbinsville.net if you or anyone you know tests positive and need anything, including shopping needs. We are here to help and have volunteers at the ready.

This week we are working on getting protective masks to every member of our senior population. As we increase our supplies, being in a position to offer a mask to all of our residents is an ambitious goal we are hoping to accomplish. Please,contact us or the Senior Center or email us if you are a senior and need a mask.

We will be delivering (via no contact) chocolate bunnies from our rec department on Saturday. We want to maintain some amount of normalcy and something for the kids to look forward to. I want to thank the Police and Fire Departments for helping us with delivery. Please see the rec department and David Bradley web site if you would like to sign up.

I appreciate all the emails comments and texts of support, as does my staff. It helps me knowing we are all working together. I speak to many of you each day and I know people are scared right now. I can tell you this: We will get through this as long as we focus on staying healthy - and all that entails in these times. We will figure out the rest later. Jobs will come back. New opportunities will arise. We will recover.
Taking care of yourself and your family is the most important thing.

God Bless you all.

Mayor Dave Fried

 

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