PLAINFIELD, NJ — Mayor Adrian O. Mapp held another Facebook Live town hall Wednesday, citing the latest coronavirus statistics, stating a testing site is coming to town, and noting the creation of a COVID-19 relief fund.  The representative(s) from the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority who were promised to be on hand did not participate.

First, the numbers: there are 641 positive cases in town, and 753 who are self-quarantining.  Positive cases are almost double week-over-week, and up almost 500% since the beginning of this month.  A total of 15 residents have succumbed to the coronavirus, including 4 African American, and 4 Latino residents.  The mayor acknowledged there is a lag in the data, and the numbers are not complete; the numbers are provided by the CDC and the NJ Department of Health.

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The mayor said there are 52 positive cases at nursing homes and long-term facilities, and there have been 7 deaths. When asked how many locations there are in Plainfield during the public comment section, participants were told there are 3 long-term facilities that have cases, with no mention of nursing homes.

As of Friday, April 10, Mapp said only 59 Plainfield residents have been tested at the Kean University campus. The problem, in his mind, is simply because residents can’t get there.  As of this past weekend, over 7,000 tests have been given to Union County residents, emergency responders and medical personnel from more than 180 municipalities in New Jersey.

The mayor announced there will be a testing site coming to Plainfield, funded completely by the county, as early as this Saturday through Monday.  Four potential areas have been identified to host the testing site: Plainfield High School, the parking lot on the 100 block of 4th Street, the Plainfield Health Center, or a mobile unit at Park Madison.

He said there has been a very good response for volunteer clinicians to man the Plainfield testing site: 17 doctors, nurses and EMTs, in both active and retired status.

Another announcement, the mayor noted, includes the creation of his COVID-19 relief fund that will assemble financial resources to benefit the most challenged in the Queen City.  He said a solicitation letter went out Tuesday to "a number of individuals and businesses" seeking donations ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.


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