HAWTHORNE, NJ - When Mayor Richard Goldberg sent last week's letter, he reported 5 active coronavirus cases in Hawthorne.  One week later, the mayor reports 19 new cases.  His letter reads below.

Dear Resident,

Our numbers have jumped. We haven’t seen these kinds of increases since May.

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Today’s numbers as of this morning are 494 total positives with 20 fatalities and 19 active cases.

Now is not the time to let our guard down or return to risky behavior. We were doing a great job of flattening the curve, but the battle has apparently restarted. I don’t know if we have become complacent or weary. We cannot forget to wear masks, wash hands and socially distance from one another. Don’t forget to get a flu shot.

While it is important to help our local businesses and restaurants, let’s not forget to social distance and wear a mask. The weather has become chillier, and less people are eating outside. Just because you feel well doesn’t mean that the person next to you doesn’t have the virus.

With Halloween this weekend, take precautions that children are safe and that you are safe when you open the door to trick or treaters. As much as I agonized about cancelling the Mayor’s Halloween Parade, it appears that I was correct in doing so.

If you need food and can’t afford or are unable to get to a supermarket, please call the Board of Health at 973-427-4011; the Borough has a non-perishable food pantry, and our Board of Health can assist you. Again, thank you to those people who have donated food to the Borough’s food pantry as well as supplies and food for our first responders.

I know that this letter sounds alarming, but I needed to grab your attention and let you know we are entering another spike and we must work together in flattening the curve.

We are Hawthorne Strong, and we will beat this virus working together.

Mayor Goldberg

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