LINDEN, NJ — Mayor Derek Armstead is asking the Linden community to join him in a city-wide silent prayer and moment of silence in memory of the residents who have passed away due to the coronavirus COVID-19.

In a post on his Facebook page, Armstead shared the gif animation with details for the moment of silence, which is set to take place on Saturday, April 4 at 8:30 p.m.

"Please download this gif animation of a candle to your smartphones and tablets (for kids who don't have smartphones yet) and hold it up toward your front window at 8:30 p.m. for one minute in memory of our Linden residents who have passed away due to COVID-19,” Armstead said.  “Seniors can tune in to Linden channels 36 and 42.”

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The gif animation can be downloaded by clicking here.

Linden's number of positive COVID-19 cases have increased to 168, up from 133 on Wednesday, and there has been one more person who has succumbed to the virus.

In a message released to the community, Armstead reflected on the passing of the second Linden resident from COVID-19 complications.

“I know that everyone shares in my great sadness that we lost our second Linden resident to COVID-19. Losing any one person is one person too many,” Armstead said.

Any Linden resident with questions concerning the coronavirus can contact the Linden Board of Health Office at 908-474-8420 or email

Additionally, the Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University is open for persons seeking a COVID-19 test. 

Union County residents, as well as all first responders and health workers working in the county regardless of residence, can report symptoms and schedule testing by calling 908-214-7107.

“From the beginning of this pandemic, we have been working tirelessly to make sure we test everyone who desperately needs tests regardless of their accessibility to primary care. By allowing all residents to call one central number we will relieve the barrier to care and free up our health care professionals to serve even more clients,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

The test center is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  It is available on a drive-through basis only, no walk-ins are admitted and testing is free.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced that in the 24 hours preceding yesterday's press conference, there were 3,489 new cases of COVID-19 in the state. Overall, there have been 25,590 positive cases in New Jersey.

The death toll for the state is up to 537 after Murphy announced an additional 182 on Thursday.

Murphy publicly paid tribute to Piscataway resident Kim King-Smith, an electrocardiogram technician who died Tuesday of the coronavirus.

“She was part of the University Hospital family for 13 years,” Murphy said.

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