LIVINGSTON, NJ — Less than 72 hours after the Township of Livingston discovered its first two positive cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), the Livingston Health Department (LHD) announced that eight additional residents, or a total of 10, have tested positive for the rapidly spreading disease.

The LHD has already begun the monitoring process, which includes an interview of the affected individuals to identify locations and persons with whom the affected individuals had contact.

“This was expected and is not surprising at all,” said Mayor Rudy Fernandez in a joint statement of the township council. “We must continue our practice of avoiding close contact through social distancing.

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“No play dates or sleepovers; don’t let your children travel or hang around together in groups whether in the streets or at the parks. Adults, too, must be extra careful—especially senior citizens and those with existing health conditions. If you must be around people keep six feet between you.

“We know and expect that these numbers will continue to increase, but with all of us following these simple rules, we will help keep Livingston healthy.”

The Township of Livingston has declared a local “State of Emergency” on Thursday in order to allow Livingston’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to take the necessary measures to protect residents during the outbreak.

More information regarding the effects of COVID-19 on Livingston residents will be provided as it becomes available.

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