Dear Editor:

As the chart demonstrates (see below), Scotch Plains residents testing positive for the Coronavirus continues to remain low, compared to one month ago, demonstrating a downward trend. This is good news and hopefully a sign that we are past the worst of the crisis.  

Since last Saturday, Scotch Plains has had only 18 new test positive cases for a total of 232 as of this writing, down from the previous period of 22 cases. Of the 232, the health department has determined that approximately 90 cases have been cleared.

Sadly, we had two additional deaths during this period for a total of 12. Please keep those stricken with the virus or those who have succumbed to it in your thoughts and prayers.  

Things are starting to return to normal. Scotch Plains parks opened last Saturday, and the Scotch Hills Golf course opened this past Wednesday. The Chinese restaurants in town opened for takeout on Tuesday, and the Stage House, Grillestone, and Scotchwood Diner also opened last week for takeout. Please support our local businesses that are open for takeout or curbside pickup.  

Please continue to practice good, safe health habits. Washing your hands, cleaning surfaces, and social distancing with a mask when near other people less than six feet away are key to our continued progress to victory over the COVID-19 virus.  

We continue to make progress toward a complete count for our 2020 Census with a 76.8% completion rate as of this writing. If you have not yet, please complete your census questionnaire. You can complete it online at my2020census.gov, by phone at 1-844-468-2020 or mail it in! It is safe, easy, and important because it will determine critical federal and state funding for our schools, public safety, roads, library and more. Click here to watch the Rock the Census 2020 video.

Finally, although we have canceled the annual Memorial Day Concert and Parade, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day committee is planning alternative ways of honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Watch for more information as plans become firm.  

Stay safe and well.  

Al Smith
Mayor of Scotch Plains