Dear Editor:

Earlier today, the state reported another 2,887 COVID-19 positive test results, bringing the statewide total to 113,856. Union County currently has a total of 12,188 confirmed cases and the Westfield Regional Board of Health reports that as of today our total in Fanwood remains the same at 67 confirmed cases.

Today’s conference call with the County yielded the happy news that there are 1,000 fewer patients hospitalized today than last week at this time, and other medical variables are appearing to be peaking.  This is a welcome sign but keep in mind that the Governor’s Order requires 14 days of a steady and sustained decline in ALL numbers in order to move forward with the reopening.

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So keep up the good work, it is your valuable cooperation with social distancing that is moving us in the right direction.  I do believe when this is over, we Americans will have demonstrated a mobilization effort second to none, and a success in terms of keeping our hospital systems from being overwhelmed.  While the emergency continues I know you will all stay strong in your vigilance.

If you are having issues getting your unemployment benefits sorted out, or are having a food emergency I urge you to reach out to me at  We are here to help.

Colleen Mahr
Mayor of Fanwood