SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith reported on Monday that the Scotch Plains COVID-19 positive case number rose by 15 over the weekend, bringing the Township's total to 125 positive test results. The mayor also told TAPintoSPF that unfortunately, the death toll had risen over the weekend, and the township has lost five residents to the coronavirus disease. 

On a more positive note, the mayor thanked residents for rallying behind local businesses that are struggling during the coronavirus crisis.

"I am thankful in the way that people have responded in supporting small businesses and takeout," Mayor Smith said in a Facebook Live video on Monday. "I talk to small business owners; they are coping. Remember, if you can afford the 20% tip, give a 20% tip."

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Last week Mayor Smith suggested his Four-Point Plan for Small Business, which included 1) the launch of a Scotch Plains Business Resource Group, 2) "Takeout Two," a proposal to order two meals per week from local restaurants), 3) purchasing Gift Cards for Graduation, and 4) Tipping Twenty Percent.

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