MILLBURN, NJ — In the latest update to township residents, Millburn Township provided new information surrounding COVID-19 at the local and county level.

As of Wednesday's update, and pending Friday's update, mayor Jackie Lieberberg confirmed 20 cases of COVID-19 in the township.

In her message, Lieberberg also praised the community spirit she had seen in the days and weeks since cases began to pop up. In particular, she extended her gratitude to the Millburn/Short Hills Chinese Association, which donated thousands of face masks to local first responders earlier this week.

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Additionally, she shouted out the first aid squad itself for their consummate professionalism under such a stressful working situation.

On the county side, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Freeholder President Brendan Gill and Vice President Wayne Richardson announced that Essex County will be opening a drive-through testing site for county residents who are symptomatic of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Essex County at Weequahic Park in Newark.

The site opened on Thursday, March 26 and will be open on Saturday, March 28 when 100 tests per day will be administered. Following the soft opening, the site will then be open next week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday when 150 tests per day will be administered each day. 

The testing site is for Essex County residents only; appointments are mandatory. Residents must arrive by car. The appointments will be scheduled from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Additionally, Lieberberg urged residents to continue following social distancing protocols and directed residents toward patronizing local restaurants through takeout and delivery.