SPOTSWOOD, NJ - As the coronavirus shutdown continues to keep the majority of borough residents at home, Mayor Ed Seely offered the community an update on the current situation in his latest communication posted on Wednesday. Fifty-nine Spotswood residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. Seely reported the passing of two residents due to COVID-19. The mayor also offered a thank you to local first responders, borough employees and small business owners in the community. Seely's letter reads as follows:

Residents of Spotswood,
I must be honest; I, like you, am close to going crazy at times. Every day I wake up at 4:30 a.m. wishing this was
over, and then reality sets in. We still have a long way to go yet, and I know we all want to get back to some type
of normalcy. However, if we do this too quickly, as some states are, we run the risk of this pandemic lasting
longer, or very possibly getting worse.

Our OEM Director, Jose Rivera, worked with the Department of Health yesterday to get an actual count for our
Borough, since we’ve noted some discrepancies. We currently have 59 positive cases with, unfortunately, two
deceased, God rest their souls. To use one of the Governor’s quotes, “We are not out of the woods yet,” so
please continue to do what you have been doing so well; practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings,
and only going out when you must. It is working!

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A number of public events been staged lately in various locations to show gratitude for all those who must take
on risk so that we can survive this pandemic. We, as a Borough, also plan to honor these people as soon as we
believe it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we want all of them, our first responders, our Borough employees,
and the business owners and their employees, to know we are extremely appreciative and grateful for what
they do every day. We’re all feeling the stress associated with COVID-19, and for them I know it is far greater.
So, while each of us may be in a hurry while interacting with these essential personnel, a simple thank you to
them will mean a great deal. To paraphrase Maya Angelou, we tend to forget what someone has said about us,
but we never forget how they made us feel.

On a personal note; to break up the monotony, every Sunday my wife and I pack a lunch and we take a two-hour
drive through the state. We did this very often when we first met, and have always found it enjoyable. We’ve
seen so much of New Jersey, yet still manage to find something new every trip. We don’t leave the car, so we
are maintaining social distancing, and it really does relieve some of the stress. Just an idea!
As always, in closing, stay safe, be smart, and stay healthy!

God Bless,

Mayor Ed Seely

According to information posted on the Middlesex County website, there are 8,438 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the county. Woodbridge (1,197) and Perth Amboy (1,139) continue to lead the county with the highest number of cases. Helmetta has the least amount of cases with 21. The county lists Spotswood's number of confirmed cases at 57. However, Spotswood OEM Director Jose Rivera is reporting 59. Other municipalities such as Woodbride and Old Bridge have had differing numbers from Middlesex County since the coronavirus shutdown began last month.