Editor's Note: This story originally appeared in TAPinto Elizabeth on Oct. 14, 2020.

ELIZABETH, NJ — Mayor Chris Bollwage urged Elizabeth residents to continue practicing social distancing as the city continues to see a rise in COVID-19 cases.

“The numbers are going up,” said Bollwage. “We cannot become relaxed in regards to this virus.”

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According to the Mayor, Elizabeth had been averaging between 3-5 new cases per day; now he says that number is up to 30 cases per day. Over the three-day weekend Elizabeth recorded 92 new cases of COVID-19. These patients make up the vast majority of positive tests in Elizabeth, which only has 107 open coronavirus cases at the moment. 

Even as the numbers have continued to rise the Governor is moving ahead with his reopening plan. Winter sports will be allowed to practice and have games in the coming months; however, spectators will not necessarily be allowed at games.

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