PLAINFIELD, NJ — An update on Thursday, March 26, from Mayor Adrian O. Mapp indicates there are currently 32 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Plainfield.

Mayor Mapp said, "Sadly one of our bravest, a firefighter, is among those who have tested positive, there is a second confirmed case at Hubbard Middle School, and a third is pending confirmation." 

The patients range in age from 17 to 80-years-old.

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The mayor continued, "While it is disturbing to see these numbers rise, be reminded that it correlates to the increased testing available. Please be assured that we are taking every precaution to safeguard the wellbeing of those who are at the front lines of this battle and in our community. We continue to communicate very closely with the New Jersey Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control."

He emphasized how important it is for everyone to stay home, and to stay off the streets as much as possible.

"Unless you need to leave for an emergency, such as to get food or medicine, you need to be indoors. There have been several instances of large groups of people spotted at various places around town. We will take stronger measures to ensure that this does not continue to happen. The best way to beat the spread of this virus is to isolate, and we cannot continue to overlook the carelessness of a few at the expense of the community," Mapp said.

The mayor reminded residents that the new norm of social distancing is the strongest weapon to contain the spread of the coronavirus. 

"Despite the dismal short-term outlook, staying at home, shuttered businesses, increasing numbers of positive tests, I am absolutely confident we are going to come through this together, stronger than ever. We must sacrifice now, so we can stay healthy in the long run."

 

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