SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Borough Mayor Ed Seely announced on Thursday afternoon the addition of 10 more positive coronavirus cases, bringing Spotswood's total to 24. Seely reinforced the directive from New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy that is instructing people to wear face coverings when out in public. He also spoke of the potential cancellation of upcoming spring events including the annual Memorial Day Parade. The mayor's April 9 letter to residents reads as follows:

Residents of Spotswood,

I wish I could start this letter with good news, but that seems a long way off at this point. The Governor’s office has come out with even more guidelines and restrictions over this past week, as I’m sure you’ve all seen. The most important, which I discussed in my letter of April 4 th , is that no matter who you are or what you do your face should be covered; this probably should have been put out sooner, but we need to take the advice to heart now. I remember hearing that the hope was the curve would really start to flatten in mid-April, but that currently seems overly optimistic. As of today we have received notification of 10 more positive cases in
Spotswood. This is not a surprise, for it’s very likely that a lot more of us have it than we know. Some of us have immune systems that may be handling the virus better, but that could make us potential carriers. And that fact takes us right back to the importance of wearing face coverings.

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Actually, I do have a piece of positive information to share. On Monday, my office received a call from one of our residents, a 61-year-old man, who is almost completely recovered. He reached out because he wanted to offer us some hope, and we are grateful and happy for him. I am sure there are more similar stories of hope out there; we don’t always see those numbers, but they are significant. For those who are still ill, the prayers of those in the borough continue to rise for them and their families; our sincere best wishes for speedy recoveries.

This Saturday, April 11 th , weather permitting, it’s Hippity Hop, Hippity Hop as the Spotswood Volunteer Fire Company will be chauffeuring the Easter Bunny around the streets of Spotswood, and I’ll get to ride along. The Weather Channel tells us the forecast looks good, so start listening for that siren beginning at 9:00 a.m. Please remember to stay on your property and practice social distancing because you wouldn’t want to get the Bunny sick! My sincere thanks to the Spotswood Volunteer Fire Company, Spotswood Department of Recreation, and, of course, the Easter Bunny for making this possible.

In other news, we must face the fact that a lot of events may, and most likely will, be canceled. One of those events, for the first time in a great many years, is the Memorial Day Parade. This is disappointing for all of us in the borough, but especially for American Legion Post 253. This month marks the 100 th  anniversary of their Charter in our town. Happy Birthday to them! There will also be a significant impact on all of our spring sports, which means that we as parents have to get even more creative in keeping our young people engaged and active.

In closing, we at the Borough wish all of our residents a safe, happy, and healthy Easter and Passover. Celebrating these holidays will be very different this year, but they are not canceled! Always remember to stay vigilant, and we will defeat this.

God Bless,

 Mayor Ed Seely

According to the most recent data, Middlesex County has 3,096 coronavirus cases. Woodbridge remains the highest in the county with 530 cases. Cranbury, Milltown and Helmetta remain the least with 11 positive cases.