The most recent reporting from the State shows over 92,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey; 4,400 are in Morris County, including 85 cases in Madison.

As mentioned in a previous message I have been working with Chatham Borough and Chatham Township along with our mental health professionals and faith-based leaders on initiatives to care for our residents during this difficult time. We are bombarded by the constant news on the pandemic and feel the stress of being separated from our friends and relatives. Even spending this extra time with our loved ones can cause stress. To help those needing support we have launched a website www.TriTownCares.org, there you’ll find mental health resources for this challenging time. If you are struggling, there is help, you don’t need to get through this alone. Again the site is www.TriTownCares.org, all one word beginning with T-R-I.

This Thursday at 7 PM, along with the Board of Health, I am hosting a webinar on how we are handing the COVID-19 pandemic. We will cover the process the Health Department goes through when a case is reported; the research, contact tracing and other steps to limit the spread. We will also share other steps taken by the Health Department staff. I will cover actions on the Borough side including a look how Madison can begin to come back from the extended shelter in place. The session will include a Q&A with a panel of local experts. The link to join is posted on our social media channels and on Rosenet.

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It seems that in the past week trees have really popped out with leaves, and grass is growing. And if you are someone like me, your seasonal allergies are kicking in giving all of us a greater reason to wear our masks as required when you shop and when you cannot protect your social distancing when outside.

As the days are getting longer and warmer, we are hearing of the planning to gradually reopen our state. We are all longing for that return to normalcy but please know that it is not coming tomorrow or next week. Letting down now when we are seeing the results of our sacrifices with the flattening of the curve, could cause a major setback. As tough as our life is now we are better with one week longer than one day too soon. You have been doing great, let’s keep it up.

Don’t forget to check for updates on Rosenet.org on a regular basis. Thank you for your time, take care of yourself, your loved ones and others through social distancing and personal protection measures.

Be Home, Be well.