NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In Mayor Al Morgan's message on Tuesday, April 7, he reports that since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been 43 positive cases and four deaths in New Providence.

"The last couple of days have been especially heartbreaking," said Mayor Al Morgan. 

Mayor Al Morgan message reads:

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We mourn with our families who have lost a loved one. This is four too many, and countless more are ill at home either awaiting test results or not testing hoping their symptoms are mild enough, or just a cold. We are not yet peaked, which means we can probably expect our numbers to rise.

We have to stop the spread. We are getting reports of people having gatherings and play dates at their homes. Parents, every play date you host is threat to your own family and to every member of our community. Every person who enters your home may be bringing COVID-19 with them, or leaving with it bringing it to their own home. Please stop hosting play dates and gatherings until we get through this.

Being prevented from playing with other children is a tremendous hardship to endure, but it is a necessary one. This is for your protection, and for ours. Please consider virtual play dates, FaceTiming, Skyping, Zoom, and countless other safe ways for your children to see and interact with each other.

This is a matter of public safety, your safety, and all of ours. To everyone who has been abiding by our protocols, we thank you, and please thank your children for helping to protect our community.

Social distancing is imperative right now and will be enforced. Please report gatherings to the police at (908)665-1111. Only call 911 in the event of an emergency.

Out of respect for our neighbors we have lost, let us each please take a moment to say a prayer for them, for their families, and for our community. Please be kind to each other, check in on neighbors, especially our vulnerable and our seniors. Please be safe, be smart, stay strong, and stay positive. We will get through this. 

- Mayor Al Morgan