SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The number of positive tests for coronavirus in Scotch Plains has risen to 85, according to the latest figure posted on the township's special COVID-19 website on Monday afternoon, April 6. The figure is a jump from the total of 70 reported by Mayor Smith on Saturday afternoon. There have been two deaths in Scotch Plains related to coronavirus. 

There have been 20 confirmed cases in Fanwood, a figure that includes two deaths. The state has stressed that the numbers will continue to rise, in part, due to the increasing number of testing sites that are now available and in part due to the delay in testing results, some of which take a week to return from Union County.

Governor Murphy this afternoon reported another 3,363 positive COVID-19 cases in the state, bringing the total number in New Jersey to 41,090. There are now have a total of 3,685 confirmed cases in Union County. To get the latest official count for New Jersey, visit for the state's live tracker of the positive and negative testing results visit: https://covid19.nj.gov/#live-updates

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One of the concerns that municipal leaders have is that there does not seem to be a reporting mechanism for individuals that have overcome the disease and gone back to leading normal lives. Government officials, including Gov. Murphy and Union County, which runs a testing site at Kean University, have been reporting the number of infections and the death toll. However, the rising totals at the county and state level apparently do not take into account those people who were sick but no longer are.

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