PLAINFIELD, NJ - The latest update from the administration notes there are now 73 positive cases of COVID-19 in Plainfield, including five City of Plainfield employees. On Saturday, there were 44 confirmed cases in town, with 72 quarantined.
According to Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, "We are now operating on a very modified schedule at City Hall while doing all we can to continue to provide our residents with vital services. Please refrain from coming to City Hall if at all possible."
Governor Phil Murphy said Union County is now fourth in New Jersey, at 1,213 cases, in the number of positive test results at his press conference Monday afternoon.
Starting Tuesday, essential Department of Public Works staff will begin sanitizing bus shelters and public benches in the Queen City.
The Mayor spoke with the Governor’s office earlier Monday, and was informed that the Army Corps. of Engineers "will not be moving ahead with the proposal to reinstate Muhlenberg as a hospital, in order to help with the demands that the coronavirus has placed on our healthcare system. The primary reasons for not using the site were the cost to renovate, and the time it would take to get it ready. I know many of you were looking forward to seeing hospital beds returned to Muhlenberg; however, that short term hope will not materialize. In the meantime, we will continue to work with CHA to refurbish the site and move forward with the vision of a medical mall at that site."
Mayor Mapp added, "I encourage everyone to stay positive even though the situation may seem overwhelming at times. We have come through many adversities and have overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. We will do so once again and rise because that is the human spirit and it’s the Plainfield way."
He ended by saying, "I thank all of you for embracing the recommended precautionary measures, for adhering to physical distancing and for staying at home and off the streets. If you have to go outdoors, wear a mask if you can. Please stay positive, stay healthy, and let that brilliant light shine brightly from within; and together we will beat COVID-19."
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