NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In Mayor Al Morgan's New Providence COVID19 updates on Friday, April 24, he reported New Providence had an increase of 37 new cases reported for a total of 110 cases. In that number, there are 69 active cases, 22 recovered and 19 deaths.

"Don’t be alarmed! The big increase in our numbers today is due to a change in reporting requirements from the State and reflects cases since March 14th," said Morgan. "Previously, Long Term Care (LTC) facilities reported their cases according to the patient's residence. Some were not listed as residents of the long term care facilities and therefore reported in their 'home' community. Now, all New Providence Long Term Care (LTC) Facilities cases will be included and recorded in New Providence. Thankfully, today no new deaths. Please continue to keep our afflicted in your thoughts and prayers. We wish them a comfortable and speedy recovery."

Morgan's report from the borough also broke out the long term care numbers that have been added to the New Providence numbers. These updates are provided by the borough nurse on a daily basis, he said. Lantern Hill has reported 16 active cases with 8 deaths. Spring Grove has 21 active cases and four deaths. 

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TAPinto contacted Lantern Hill Erickson Living for a comment, and Dan Dunne, Director of External Communications said, "In the last 10 days there have been no new cases at Lantern Hill – very positive news."

The COVID-19 dashboard provides important information with a tab for LTCs which lists all facilities reporting positive cases and deaths by facilities. The cases reported are self-reported by facilities at a point in time and may not reflect real-time data. Case numbers are constantly changing and subject to updates.]

The Mayor's update continued:

We have some “Good Things Happening in NP” to report: The Friends of the New Providence Memorial Library will be putting together an art and photography display depicting this time of COVID19. They will feature drawings and paintings made during self-quarantining, as well as porch photography, and photography of your home life to be displayed on the walls of the New Providence Memorial Library. The exhibit is tentatively scheduled for June/July but that may be rescheduled (not canceled), according to safety concerns. Please save art work that your children have drawn during our stay at home time. Art will be mounted on large sheets that will be hung on the walls in the library. Photography will also be accepted. Maybe a photo of your family cooking, doing remote exercise classes, game night, homemade science experiments, parents working from home, etc. This is the time to document how COVID19 affected our lives and daily routine. Also, Christen Simmons Snyder will be doing porch photos so please contact her for more details. We hope to see many of you participate in documenting this unprecedented moment in time. We are all in this together. For more information please contact Louise Wheeler at npmlcurator@gmail.com or call (908)477-7463. We thank Louise and the Friends of the Library for putting a collection like this together for our community. Thank you! 

Community Notice:

PLEASE LOCK YOUR CARS. There has been a rash of car rummagings and potential thefts around town. If you see anything suspicious, please call police at (908)665-1111. 

Stay safe! Stay Positive! And Stay Home! We will get through this together! Happy Weekend!

- Mayor Al Morgan