SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood Borough Mayor Ed Seely is reaching out to residents via the borough's website. Seely declared a state of emergency in the borough last week following a positive coronavirus result for one of Spotswood's residents. Seely's letter reads as follows:

Residents of Spotswood,

On March 2, we received our first notification regarding preparation for the coronavirus(COVID-19). On March 8, we were notified of six presumptive cases in our State. Now, due to more tests kits and sites being available, as of yesterday, March 22, we have 1,914 confirmed cases, 211 pending, and, unfortunately, 20 deaths. Our prayers go out the families whom have lost someone, as well as a complete recovery for those suffering.

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I urge you to follow the restrictions that have been put in place. Stay home and only leave when you must. It is not only for your health and safety, but also for your family and friends. Believe me, there are plenty of essential people that wish they had the opportunity to stay home, as well. We are doing what we can to limit our own employees’ exposure and most certainly appreciate their patience and dedication to the public.

You have been hearing a lot of promises being made of financial help proposals. Currently the majority of these dealing with the general public are still in a Bill form and have yet to be
passed. So, I would advise you to live by the motto, “buy what you need, not what you want.” The best guess, and I do mean guess, is this crisis may not peak until early May. I know I speak for us all when I say I hope it is earlier.

We are constantly posting on the Borough Website contact information of departments that can either assist or lead you in the right direction for assistance. This will be updated every few days.

I know if we stay vigilant, we will get through this as our past has shown. So. again, as hard as it is stay home, be safe, practice social distancing, and we will prevail.

God Bless,
Ed Seely, Mayor

Seely's letter was posted on the borough website on Monday. The New Jersey Department of Health lists 3,675 confirmed cases in New Jersey with 44 deaths per date released today. Bergen County remains the hot spot with 701 cases. Essex County is next with more than 300. Middlesex County has 277 positive cases with one death. According to new information released by the county Monday evening, Spotswood has two confirmed cases. East Brunswick (16), Monroe (15), Piscataway (17), Edison (17), Old Bridge (16) and Woodbridge (18) have the most confirmed cased in Middlesex County.