FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr reported today that she has been made aware of two Fanwood residents who have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

One is a 35-year-old female who self-reported the positive test yesterday. The other is a 54-year-old man. The cases are unrelated and both are recovering at home, self-managing their symptoms without incident. Earlier in the week, a Fanwood police officer, who lives in another town, also tested positive for the virus.

Westfield Regional Health Department, which covers Fanwood and several other towns, has interviewed both Fanwood residents and will be contacting individuals who came in contact with them.

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"This afternoon, I received a call from Megan Avallone of the Westfield Health Department," Mayor Mahr told TAPintoSPF. "I want to again stress the need to comply with social distancing. It is critical to the health and wellbeing of our community." 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people maintain six feet of distance between themselves and others around them. This includes family, friends, and neighbors. Groups of more than ten are discouraged. 

"As of 2:00 p.m. today, there were a total of 890 total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state of New Jersey. There are nine new cases in Union County for a total of 43 confirmed cases," Mayor Mahr said. "As expected, the number of confirmed cases is rising as our testing capabilities increase."

“Together we’ll get through this, but everyone has to do their part. We remind residents that anyone can be a carrier of the virus," she added. "Regardless of age or health, please consider the individuals around you and practice proper hygiene accordingly. We will come out of this a stronger community so long as we work together.”

For the most up-to-date information regarding public health and the coronavirus, visit the Westfield Health Department’s Coronavirus webpage or call (908) 789-4040.

Related Coronavirus information:

  • The PMUA has amended its recycling pick-up schedules temporarily. Recycling will be collected in Fanwood on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, and Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Residents should place their containers curbside the night before (Tuesday night).  This is only temporary, and if you have questions, call PMUA customer service at 908-226-2518.
  • Workers whose place of employment has closed, or whose hours have been cut, as a result of COVID-19 are, in all likelihood, eligible to receive either full or partial unemployment insurance. Additionally, Gov. Murphy is asking the federal government for assistance to ensure that every unemployment insurance application is properly received and handled. To apply for unemployment insurance, visit www.MyUnemployment.nj.gov. Visit for comprehensive information, go to nj.gov/labor.
  • The Borough of Fanwood has created a Business Owners Guide to COVID-19. Information on the web pages includes links for business-related travel, economic assistance for businesses affected by COVID-19 closures, special recommendations for cleaning, and what to do when you have a sick employee. The page also offers general information regarding the COVID-19 virus.

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