SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The borough community has lost a resident to COVID-19. The tragic announcement was made by Spotswood Mayor Ed Seely in a letter to borough residents on Wednesday. Spotswood has had four residents test positive for the coronavirus since the state-wide shutdown. Seely did not release any details regarding the victim other than gender and age. The victim was a 69-year-old female. Seely's letter reads as follows:

Residents of Spotswood,

I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of you as we stick to social distancing. I don’t want you to get excited or overconfident, but, through the last five days of updates to the COVID-19 numbers, we have stayed steadfast at four. It would be nice to remain at thatnumber, but the reality is that it will go up eventually. However, your perseverance is clearly paying off. Unfortunately, we have suffered our first loss to COVID-19; a 69-year-old female has passed, and our sympathy and prayers go out to her family and friends.

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Unbelievably, others are still not getting it. Aside from the parties in this state that are being broken up, in New York, where the positive cases are the highest in the nation, there were crowds of people gathered when the USNS Comfort docked in the Harbor on Monday, not adhering to the social distancing recommendations at all. As I always say, you cannot fix stupid

.Another drive-thru testing site opens today at the Kilmer MVC inspection center in Edison. The site will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and appointments must be made the day before a testing day. Online registration is preferred, but if that’s not possible, residents can call 732-745-3100 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The criteria for testing must be met; you must be a Middlesex County resident, and have a valid doctor's prescription or be exhibiting symptoms that include a fever of 100.4or higher (99.6for adults 65 years of age or older), respiratory symptoms and/or shortness of breath. For additional information, please click here.

FEMA is also putting a hospital site together in Edison; it will have 500 beds and be operational next week. People with non-life threatening illnesses will be housed and cared for there so that our hospitals can handle more COVID-19 cases.

You can see that the medical professionals are not sure when we will peak and are preparing for the worst.On the brighter side, ideas are coming in on how to curb the boredom. Spotswood PTA is hosting a Chalk the Walk this Saturday, April 4. Children are encouraged to create positive drawings and messages. Phrases like, “Life is Good,” thank you messages to all our essential workers, and drawings such as suns, flowers, happy faces, hearts, etc. will be welcomed! The PTA is also sponsoring an ongoing teddy bear hunt through the neighborhoods. Additionally, Bonnie Kelly wrote to me suggesting that we tie yellow ribbons around the neighborhoods as a sign of hope to get through this, as well as to thank all our Angels fighting the COVID-19 virus.

We at the Borough are interested in any suggestions you may also have to make the time pass more easily. So please send your ideas to my email ateseely@spotswoodboro.com.As always, stay vigilant, stay home and be safe.

God Bless,

Mayor Ed Seely