Over the last week, the daily lives of Fanwoodians have changed dramatically. Today Governor Murphy announced 442 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state for a total of 1,327 statewide including 38 in Union County.
There is also one additional case in Fanwood. The 71-year-old male patient is recovering at home and is not connected to other cases. The individual has been interviewed and has had no contact outside his household.
The Borough is unable to provide identifying information about any of the confirmed cases, as it would be a violation of patient privacy laws. We can assure you that each case was contacted and interviewed by our health department and all confirmed contacts have been made aware. I would like to remind you that the Borough is taking every action we can to ensure the health and safety of our residents and employees.
As of 9:00 p.m. tonight, the Governor's latest executive order will go into effect. The order will prohibit all gatherings and close all non-essential business. The order also mandates that residents remain at home except when accessing essential services. More information is at covid19.nj.gov.
I ask every individual to do their part by staying home, practicing social distancing and maintaining pandemic-grade hygiene. To ensure compliance and help prevent the spread of the virus, the Borough's skate park and playgrounds are off-limits. Residents are still able to be outside and enjoy a walk, run, or other activity as long as they are compliant with social distancing.
These are incredibly stressful times for everyone. Social distancing can be emotionally challenging, as can coping with a disease outbreak and economic worries. If you need to talk to someone about how you're feeling a helpline has been set up at 877-294-HELP (4357).
I encourage residents to maintain regular communications with friends, family, and neighbors. If you are concerned about the welfare of a resident, the Fanwood Police Department can conduct a non-emergency welfare check (details below). Thankfully we live in a world where technology connects us despite social distancing and we must rely on one another for support during this difficult time.
We have set up a new webpage at fanwoodnj.org/covid-19 that includes COVID-19 health information and community assistance resources. There is an additional page with business resources at fanwoodnj.org/covid-19/business-resources.
Mayor of Fanwood