ROSELLE, NJ — As COVID-19 numbers rise across the state, Roselle has not been immune to the trend.

Since the pandemic began Roselle has seen a total of 727 cases and 20 deaths. Mayor Reginald Atkins addressed the recent uptick during his latest "Mayor’s Connection" video.

“I’m urging all the residents of Roselle, please practice social distancing and please continue to wear your face masks,” said Mayor Atkins.

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According to the Mayor, Union county has over 18,000 confirmed cases. To help to combat the spread Mayor Atkins announced a partnership with Freeholder Andrea Staten to bring more PPE to the borough.

On October 24, there will be another free COVID-19 testing event in the parking lot of Borough Hall, from 10 a.m. to noon.

“Last time we did this we had a little over 300 of our residents come and they tested and we found out within 24 hours whether they were infected or not,” said Atkins.

Mayor Atkins warned Roselle residents that hand washing and social distancing are essential to helping to stop the spread of COVID-19, especially heading into flu season.