NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Craig Karczmer, Executive Director at Lantern Hill, an Erickson Living retirement community in New Providence, released a message on Friday advising their community of families of positive coronavirus test results within their campus. In addition, sadly, two residents contracted the virus and as a result of complications brought on by the illness have recently passed.

 "Lantern Hill is deeply saddened regarding the residents’ passing, and our collective prayers are with those who lost a loved one," said  Dan Dunne, Director of External Communications Erickson Living. "It is important to understand that these individuals had underlying health conditions in addition to the COVID-19 virus."

He said the community continues to remain focused on prevention and is taking proactive measures that promote safe social distancing, infection control practices and self-monitoring. "We also remain vigilant in encouraging all residents to stay in their apartment home and for any resident with symptoms to contact our on-site medical center (telehealth options available)," said Dunne.

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"Any employees with symptoms have been instructed to stay at home, seek medical attention and contact our medical center or human resources department. We remain committed to being transparent in our communications with residents, staff and others as we strive to protect the well-being of those who live and work at our community," Dunne added.

As of Friday, April 3, 2020, there were 32 positive COVID-19 cases reported in New Providence.

As of Saturday, April 4, 2020, the number of cases in Union County is now 2,916, with 66 confirmed deaths.  Statewide, there is a total of 34,124 cases with the statewide death toll now at 846, according to https://covid19.nj.gov/ at time of publishing.

For general information about COVID-19 and phone contacts for 24/7 assistance with questions, visit the New Jersey Department of Health at www.nj.gov/health. For more information on COVID-19 please visit www.cdc.gov and the New Providence borough website at www.newprov.org

The Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University has implemented a “telehealth” procedure for persons seeking a COVID-19 test. Union County residents, as well as all first responders and health workers working in the county regardless of residence, can report symptoms and schedule testing by calling (908) 373-5105.