SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The number of total deaths has held steady at 10 for over a week, while the daily number of Scotch Plains residents testing positive for the coronavirus is in a strong downward trend, according to the latest figures from the Rahway Health Department, which covers Scotch Plains. There have been 228 total positive test cases in Scotch Plains, according to the township website.

"Let's keep up the excellent work of practicing good health habits. As we begin to move back to normalcy, continuing to practice safe health habits will be part of the journey," said Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith. "And let's keep those who have the virus or succumbed to the virus in our thoughts and prayers."

Fanwood did not receive its case update from the Westfield Regional Board of Health. The numbers for Fanwood remain 75 confirmed cases of the virus with 11 deaths. The figure for all of Union County is 13,604 positive test cases and 800 total deaths.

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Mayor Colleen Mahr took the opportunity today to observe National Nurses Day. 

"Today’s nurses have been conscripted into a war on coronavirus without the proper equipment and yet go to work to save lives every day. I hope we remember their sacrifice," Mayor Mahr said.

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