SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Borough Mayor Ed Seely provided an update to residents yesterday as Spotswood enters the third week of the coronavirus shutdown. The borough has four confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Friday did not bring any reports of new ones from the Middlesex County Department of Health according to Seely's letter. The mayor letter reads as follows:
Residents of Spotswood,
As of Friday, there have been no additional cases in Spotswood to report, but please do not take this as a sign that it's getting better. During the Governor’s conference on Friday it was mentioned that reporting and verification are seven days behind. In preparedness, they are readying additional hospital space and increasing test sites. For the next couple of weeks, Saturday testing at the Bergen and PNC sites will be reserved for asymptomatic emergency services personnel; i.e., EMS, Police, Fire, and healthcare workers. These are all essential individuals that are crucial to our safety.
I know practicing social distancing is more stressful by the day, especially when we get to weekends, but it is necessary if we are going to slow this down and eventually beat it. I would like to share a story I remember from my childhood. When I was about 11 years old, we had a neighbor a few houses down; her name was Alberta Janda and she was in her nineties that year of 1966. Well, she had suffered a stroke in her seventies and learned how to become self-reliant after being paralyzed on the left side of her body. My mother used to send me down to her house at least three times a week to assist her by cutting her lawn, shopping for her, repairing things, etc. At first, being eleven, I thought, why me? But after a couple of weeks I really got to know this woman and she began telling me stories of her life. The thing about her that I thought was odd, was that she had cupboards full of canned goods and non-perishables; much more than what she needed. Being curious, I asked her why, to which she replied, “You have been lucky, you do not know what hard times are. You were born some years after the depression.” She went on to tell me how bad things had gotten, how scarce the essentials of life were, how people were starving, there was no work, and, finally, when things started to settle down, the wars came, and things got even tougher. It was then she had learned to be prepared, and told herself she would always be.
The moral, or point, if you will, is, this woman who was born sometime around 1874 had prevailed through tougher times than we could possibly imagine. She had stayed steadfast in doing what was needed to be done and was, at that time, still there to tell me these stories. So, while what we are asking of our residents is trying, the sacrifices are far smaller by comparison.
If we continue to be smart, be safe, and do what must be done, we will win!
P.S. Let's give a big shot out for all of our Borough employees for doing what has to be done to keep us moving and safe: Spotswood Police, EMS, Fire, OEM, Office Staff, OOA, and DPW.
According to data released by the Middlesex County Department of Health, Spotswood has four confirmed cases and Helmetta has three. Milltown does not have any reported cases, but East Brunswick and Monroe both have 40. Woodbridge has the highest number in Middlesex County with 54. Many of those are associated with the St. Joseph's Nursing Home. Old Bridge has second highest number of COVID-19 cases with 52. On a whole, Middlesex County has 808 confirmed cases and 14 deaths.