SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Township Manager Al Mirabella, and Assistant Manager Margaret Heisey -- along with the Rahway Health Department, which covers Scotch Plains -- received notice today that an adult resident of Scotch Plains has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The Health Department will interview the patient and make all notifications to any and all individuals who were in contact with the positive patient and will be informed about self isolating.

Based upon the CDC and the National Institute of Health's statements, transmission within our communities was expected, and it is unfortunate that we have our first case within Scotch Plains.

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"We should expect that there will be additional cases over the next several days and weeks," said Mayor Al Smith in a phone interview with TAPintoSPF. "Please practice social distancing and do all the things that medical experts have been advising us for the past few weeks. As I said before, we all need to cooperate and make this our finest hour as we work to defeat this virus."

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