PLAINFIELD, NJ — Two more Plainfield residents have succumbed to COVID-19, according to a press release issued Monday by the mayor's office. The number of lives lost stands at 112, and there have been a total of 2,313 coronavirus cases reported in town.

Tuesday, Mayor Adrian O. Mapp issued a statement calling on parents to keep their children from returning to high risk contact sports like football and soccer.

"The Governor’s Executive Order No. 149 allows for contact drills, practices, and competitions. The order places New Jersey sports teams in the "even more risk" category. These conditions present an ideal scenario for the virus to make a resurgence here, and that is unacceptable," Mayor Mapp said.

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"We have sacrificed a great deal as a city over the past four months. We went into full lockdown mode at the sacrifice of revenue for many businesses that are still hurting. We isolated and avoided gathering with our friends and family, and it has been especially hard for our senior population. We gritted our teeth and did what we had to do with the understanding that our sacrifices were for the greater good. We must now lean on our best judgment and avoid any action(s) that can reverse the progress we’ve made and nullify our sacrifices. Putting our children back into contact sports is a threat to the progress we’ve made in our city."

Gov. Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 168 on July 20 allowing for sports practices that require contact drills and competitions for "high risk" sports at outdoor venues only. High risk sports include football, rugby, boxing, martial arts, wrestling, and cheerleading, among others for which the state Department of Health has released guidelines.

Plainfield's residents can be tested for the coronavirus at the COVID-19 mobile testing van in Parking Lot #7, located behind Scotts Drugs at 701 Park Avenue on two upcoming dates. Up to 150 residents can be tested each day.

All forms of insurance are accepted. Insurance cards and a form of I.D. must be presented. The test takes about 10 minutes, and will be administered via throat swab.

 

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