FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and her family are among the 37 new cases of COVID-19 in Fanwood reported by the Westfield Regional Board of Health this week, bringing the borough's total positive cases to 360 since the pandemic began. The group is predominantly middle-aged closely split by gender. 

The mayor informed residents in her weekly email newsletter on Friday:

It has been a long three weeks with each of us presenting differently, and we are all on the road to recovery.  However, I will share with you that it hit with such a vengeance that I urge every one of you to follow the protocols by wearing a mask, washing your hands and observing social distance.
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Vaccination distribution is ramping up and you will find details on how to secure your spot in line below. Our Police, Fire and Rescue services are currently accessing their vaccines and while not complete, I’m pleased this effort is underway.  Our first responders all deserve the best protection we can give them as they put themselves and their health on the line for us every day.
The mayor also provided information about the state's COVID-19 Vaccination program that is now underway. Vaccinations will be delivered in a phased program and are available to paid and unpaid healthcare workers, residents and staff of long-term and congregate care facilities, first responders including sworn law enforcement and fire professionals, individuals over 65, and individuals 16-64 with certain medical conditions as defined by the CDC will be eligible. Those conditions are listed here. If you are eligible to receive a vaccine, there are generally four ways to get vaccinated: click here.

In her letter, the mayor announced a National COVID-19 Memorial on Tuesday, Jan.19, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. that will be held to honor those who have died due to COVID-19. Churches around the country will toll their bells and citizens are asked participate remotely by placing a candle in your window. Over 23 million Americans have contracted the virus with 385,000 deaths -- including 13 deaths and hundreds of infections in Fanwood.
The mayor also invited residents to tune in to the Fanwood Facebook page on Monday, Jan. 18 at 10:00 a.m. for the MLK Day of Service program. 
Following the holiday motto of “Make it a day on, not a day off” the program will focus on the good works we can do for one another to make a more equitable society.

Now more than ever we all good positive energy and participating in this year's MLK Day of service a way to improve our community in the honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.
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