PLAINFIELD, NJ — Mayor Adrian O. Mapp on Tuesday announced there are now 17 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Plainfield.
"We fully expect those numbers to rise as the virus reaches its apex. I want to emphasize that it is vitally important that people stay home and avoid contact with others. This is the best way for us to contain the spread of the virus."
He reminded residents that Evangel Church is providing Plainfield residents with a need for emergency food and household supplies a Box of Hope that will be delivered to the doorstep. Residents should text (908) 325-5163 with the word 'HOPE' and their address.
"This should be limited to individuals who are affected by the virus, and those that are in quarantine."
In his update, Mayor Mapp also stressed that every Plainfield resident needs to be counted in the 2020 Census; whether "natural-born or immigrant, documented or undocumented.," he said every person needs to be counted in order for the city to receive its fair share of funding from Federal, State and County governments.
"Immigration officials have no way of accessing the information gathered by the Census Bureau, so no one should be afraid to fill out the census form and be counted."
The 2020 Census questionnaire should be completed by the person who owns or rents the living quarters, or any other person who is at least 15 years of age with knowledge of the household.
The census form is made up of just nine questions, and can be filled out online at my2020census.gov in approximately ten minutes.
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