MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The Mayor Paul Mirabelli issued the following statement on the Borough Facebook page to update resident on reported COVID-19 cases. With 89 new cases reported in November, Mayor Mirabelli urges residents to voluntarily report positive cases to the Westfield Regional Health Department by calling 908.789.4070. 

To All Residents:

I have been advised by Megan Avallone, Director of the Westfield Regional Board of Health, that for the month of November 2020 there were 89 new cases reported in Mountainside.

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17 cases are still under investigation

17 cases we were unable to reach

16 cases associated with a party

15 cases with + household contacts

10 cases with no known exposure

3 cases with a known exposure

2 cases exposed at work

2 cases refused interview

2 cases hospitalized (68 and 81 year old)

1 case from a long term care center

1 case tested prior to a procedure

The new total is 286

I am told by Ms. Avallone that many positive tests are not being reported to the Westfield Regional Health Department by the Medical providers in a timely fashion. If any Mountainside student or resident has tested positive, I request that you voluntarily report these positive test results to the Health Department so that they can do proper contact tracing. Westfield Regional Health Department can be contacted by calling 908-789-4070. The New Jersey Department of Health and the Westfield Regional Health Department recommend that anyone having close contact with someone who tested positive should quarantine (stay home and away from others) for 14 days after the close contact with someone with COVID-19 to make sure that you don’t get sick or infect others. NO EXCEPTIONS. This is the only way to stop the spread. The Health Department has adopted the CDC definition of close contact, which is anyone who spends 15 cumulative minutes throughout a 24 hour period less than 6 feet of + case is close contact. You can’t test out of a COVID-19 quarantine.

Megan Avallone has also reported that many people continue to resist quarantine and isolation requirements and continue to be uncooperative with contact tracing.

Despite the high number of positive cases in Mountainside this last month, and with the impending approval of two vaccines and more on the horizon, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I know that we are all suffering from COVID Fatigue. HOWEVER , NOW MORE THAN EVER WE CANNOT LET OUR GUARD DOWN.

These results should be a wakeup call for all residents. All residents must continue to use common sense, wear a mask, wash your hands and practice proper social distancing in order for everyone to remain safe. We need to continue our efforts to stop the spread of this deadly virus. I urge all Mountainside residents to cooperate in order to protect themselves, our families, and our community. Please use common sense. It is extremely important that we continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask or other face coverings when you are in public even when you are having fun and wash your hands frequently. This is not a suggestion. IT IS THE LAW. It is each resident’s civic duty to promote social distancing and wear a mask. The science says masks save lives. This crisis is far from over and we must continue to be diligent in combating this terrible disease. Please try to remain calm. I am confident that we will get though this, but only if we work together and each do our part, especially if we wear masks; maintain proper social distancing; wash our hands; and not host indoor gatherings. We must continue to be strong, be safe, and not let our guard down. Again wear a mask when you go out even if you feel healthy and quarantine for 14 days if you are in close contact with a person who has tested positive. This will help stop the spread to others. It is everyone’s community duty to wear a mask and maintain social distancing in order to stop the spread. Mountainside will win this battle. These practices will save lives but only if everyone young and old adhere to them.

Be safe.

God bless all of you and god bless Mountainside.

Dated 12/1/20