FANWOOD, NJ — Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Police Chief Richard Trigo today announced that they been notified that a member of the Fanwood Police Department has tested positive for COVID-19. The officer resides outside of Union County and is self-isolating.

Borough officials, Chief Trigo, and the Westfield Regional Health Department are aware of the new case and all individuals who have been in close contact with the officer have been notified and interviewed. 

*UPDATE: Two Fanwood officers who were on duty during the same shift as the officer who tested positive have been notified and tested.

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"They will be on self-quarantine for 14 days, which is the accepted protocol for when someone has been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19," Mayor Mahr said in a phone interview with TAPintoSPF on Wednesday evening.

The Westfield Regional Health Department has determined that the officer’s interaction with the public was minimal, and there is no risk to the general public as a result of this case.

At this time, all residents should continue to adhere to Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order and practice the safety and health recommendations put forth by the Westfield Regional Health Department, State of New Jersey, and the CDC. It is stressed that if you do not feel well to stay home and contact your health provider.

“This should reinforce the need for social distancing, which is critical to the health and wellbeing of our community,” said Mayor Colleen Mahr. “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. 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.”

"I want to again remind our residents of the CDC's strong recommendation regarding social distancing: please maintain six feet of distance between yourself and those around you, including family, friends, and neighbors," Mayor Mahr added. "For questions, we ask that you please contact the Westfield Regional Health Department at (908) 789-4040. For the most up-to-date information regarding public health and the coronavirus, please visit the Westfield Regional Health Department’s Coronavirus webpage."

As of Tuesday, March 17, there have been 89 new confirmed positive cases of the virus reported, bringing the statewide total to 267; among those, 15 of which are in Union County. 

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