HELMETTA, NJ - Borough Mayor Chris Slavicek announced the passing of a second resident to the coronavirus. The victim was a 48-year-old male. Slavicek did not share the man's name or any other details out of respect for the grieving family. He did ask in a Facebook post that residents light candles on their porch on Monday evening in his memory as well as for all those battling COVID-19. In total Helmetta has eight confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The borough lost another resident to the virus last week.

In his most recent update to borough residents, Slavicek shared information updates along with focusing on positives like the community members donating hand sanitizers and masks. The mayor also encouraged residents to continue following social distancing guidelines and to wear masks when out in public. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently changed its stance on masks and encouraged anyone out in public to wear a mask or some type of face covering.

Mayor Slavicek's April 6 letter to borough residents reads as follows:

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Helmetta Neighbors & Friends:

“Separate but together, Smile, Choose to Shine, Hope, Wash Your Hands, Thank You, Stay healthy and home, You Matter, Miss You, Good Vibes”,are amongst some of the inspiring sayings that I saw as I strolled the community on Saturday during the ‘Chalk the Walk’event sponsored by our dedicated Spotswood PTA. The creative designs and uplifting messages certainly brought a huge smile and warm sense of community pride and togetherness to me instantaneously. We are blessed to reside in a quaint and beautiful community, better known as the small town, big heart!

To date, the Middlesex County Department of Health currently reports eight(8)positive COVID-19 cases within the Borough of Helmetta. Sadly, we have two reported deaths encompassed in this total. Our positive thoughts and warm wishes remain in memory of those who have been lost, and for all the families who have and are being impacted by this pandemic.

Social distancing and stay at home orders are most critical to flatten this curve.Additionally and for your protection, the Center for Disease Control(CDC)strongly recommends for all to wear protective face coverings when out in public.

Borough Offices remain closed until further notice with day-to-day operation in effect as employees remain available by phone or email communication. Garbage and recycling schedules remain intact. Note:there will be no trash pick-up on Good Friday, 4/10. Trash will be picked up on Monday, 4/13. All trash must be placed in plastic garbage bags. Public works is conducting daily rounds throughout town and are available for emergent needs by calling Paul Reed, Public Works Supervisor,at (732) 978-0364. Please reference www.helmettaboro.comfor updated information.

Kudos to...

  • The true heroes; all the first responders, healthcare professionals, essential and community workers, functioning tirelessly in the trenches giving of their grit, strength and courage
  • Our local and essential businesses and their dedicated employees that are open for and ready to serve our community!
  • Several generous individuals whom have donated masks, hand sanitizers, treats and additional supplies to our Hometown Heroes.
  • Most importantly, YOU, our Helmetta friends and neighbors, for staying home and abiding and adhering to our recommendations to flatten the curve while many support and lend a helping hand to neighbors, friends and family.

"Not all Superheroes Wear Capes." Do you know someone in Helmetta that is on the frontline during COVID-19? A first responder, healthcare professional, essential community worker who is giving of themselves and family to help fight during this pandemic .I would like to spotlight these heroic individuals as Helmetta Hometown Heroes. Please email a picture of the Helmetta Hometown Hero with a brief description of their involvement and valiant efforts to mayor@helmettaboro.com.

Our students/young children and their well-being are so important during this pandemic. While parks and recreation areas remain closed for overall safety, we are working to bring joy to our future leaders. With this, get ready for the Bunny Hop in Helmetta this Saturday, April 11 as the Easter Bunny tours town on the firetruck beginning at 11 a.m. Listen for the sirens and remember social distancing is a must! I welcome and encourage you to join my #LightUpForLives Candlelight Campaign by simply displaying a lit candle on your front porch each evening in hopes of banding together to create a ‘shining’ example of humanity. The light will signify strength, a sense of community togetherness and that sincere hope for a beam of light to end this pandemic. Our thoughts are with the families of those lives lost and fighting for a positive outcome.

The Helmetta Fire Department continues ‘Red to the Rescue’. This effort is to assist seniors, the disabled or even the less fortunate with necessary errands or essentials. Should you need assistance, please contact Chief Reid via email at hfdchief3650@yahoo.comor leave a voice message at (732) 521-4946 x100.

Abraham Lincoln says, “I walk slowly, but I never walk backwards.”Statistics are revealing that we are slowly beginning to flatten the curve. With persistent cooperation and an optimistic outlook, we slowly move forward to conquer this together in Helmetta! Most importantly, I must reiterate that it is imperative for you to STAY HOME to continue to flatten the curve!

Always available,

Mayor Chris Slavicek

The latest data released by Middlesex County is reporting a total of 2,257 confirmed cases. Woodbridge is the highest in the county with 432 cases followed by Perth Amboy (217), Old Bridge (202), Edison (138), Monroe (138) and East Brunswick (130). Helmetta, Milltown and Cranbury have the least amount of cases with eight. Spotswood has 14 confirmed cases.