SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy on Sunday announced 590 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, which brings the statewide total to 1,914, including 124 in Union County. The governor also announced four more deaths in the state: a Bergen County man in his 90s, a Passaic County man in his 80s, a Somerset County man in his 70s, and a Middlesex County woman in her 90s have died after testing positive for COVID-19.

Late in the day, Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle said in a statement that a 91-year-old Westfield resident has died of the coronavirus. This is the first official report that has been issued to the public about a death in Union County.

A COVID-19 self-assessment tool has been developed by the state and is available at This tool will assist you to determine what actions you can take to protect yourself and help determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19. 

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Related: Union County to Open Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Center at Kean University on Monday

Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr reminds residents are to stay at home or at their place of residence unless they are leaving for the following reasons:

  1. Obtaining goods or services from essential retail businesses;
  2. Obtaining takeout or food beverages from restaurants;
  3. Seeking medical attention, essential social services, or assistance from law enforcement;
  4. Visiting family or close friends, caretakers, or romantic partners;
  5. Reporting to or performing their job;
  6. Walking, running, or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners;
  7. Leaving for an educational, religious, or political reason;
  8. Leaving because of a reasonable fear for health or safety; or
  9. Leaving at the direction of law enforcement or other government agency.
Individuals who have to travel must practice social distancing when possible and should use public transportation only if they have no other feasible choice.
Mayor Mahr, Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, and other mayors have regularly been in daily touch with County government officials. The 1:00 phone calls provide an opportunity to ask questions about Governor Murphy's executive orders and to share County updates. This weekend, the mayors were on a call with New Jersey Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker with an update about what is going on at the federal level to help small business owners.
Mayor Mahr urges Fanwood residents to sign up for the Borough's daily email blast, which provides credible, real-time information. Mayor Smith invites Scotch Plains residents to sign up for the Township's email list

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