MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Seven new cases of COVID-19 were seen in Maplewood, Mayor Frank McGehee reported as he released the Maplewood Public Health Division numbers for the week of May 9-15:
Total Cases: 273 (+7)
Probable Cases: 4
Total Deaths: 23
Total recovered cases: 170
NJ Statewide confirmed cases: 143,905
Essex County confirmed cases: 15,953 (3rd highest county in NJ)
Essex County confirmed deaths: 1,510 (+112) (highest county in NJ)
He noted in his email that the Public Health Division is aware and monitoring pediatric multi symptom inflammatory syndrome information and research.
Also, he said, "because some of our cases this week were tied back to individuals making visits or trips on Mother's Day weekend, our Health Division again wants everyone to know that when you are out in a public space from sitting on a bench to waiting for a food order, continue to stand six feet (two arm widths) apart from non-family members and people who do not live in your household. And wear a face mask when it is difficult to maintain a six-foot distance from others. Please consider having a mask on your person when doing any outdoor activity. We are healthier together by staying apart."
Maplewood Township is considering making coronavirus and antibody testing available locally: McGehee said Maplewood is "exploring partnering with a private provider to provide testing and antibody testing which would be open to all residents. The plan is to have a mobile van that is in a location or rotating locations in town that are accessible via walking as we recognize that there are several residents who do not have a car or mode of transportation."
Concerning county-wide coronavirus testing, he said, "Starting this Thursday, May 21st, a mobile testing unit will rotate through all 22 municipalities on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This Thursday the unit will be at The Essex County Golf Driving Range in Roseland. The mobile unit is open to all Essex County residents by appointment which can be made at EssexCovid.org.
"Testing will also continue at Weequahic Park for all Essex County residents. Test times are from 9 am to 12 noon and Residents must arrive by car. You can register at www.essexcovid.org."
McGehee continued the salute of MAPSO Heroes in his email, saying "Jean Ng-Gilio, Tina Kelley, Maria Sensenich, Alba A La Mode are the leaders of SOMA Sewing Volunteers,a group of 500 members dedicated to making and donating masks to healthcare professionals, first responders or anyone in need of a mask. This week SOMA Sewing Volunteers donated 100 masks to our Department of Public Works and Police department. Thank you!"
He updated residents about summer plans as well: "The Township’s Office of Emergency Management team met twice last week to discuss our reopening plans for our Library, community pool, and summer recreational programs. In addition, a subcommittee met with several small business owners and property owners from our business districts. We will discuss the key takeaways and where we are with reopening plans this Tuesday during our regularly scheduled Township Committee Meeting. ."
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