SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a pair of email updates yesterday afternoon, Springfield Mayor Chris Capodice informed residents of the current total of COVID-19 cases in town, and urged residents to practice proper social distancing as the district's Spring Break comes up.

As of Sunday's messages, Springfield had six new cases of COVID-19, totaling 81 positive tests and one death. Union County as of Sunday, has 243 new cases of COVID-19, and 5 new deaths, totaling 3,216 positive tests and 71 deaths. The State of New Jersey as of Sunday currently had 3,482 new cases of COVID-19 and 71 new deaths, bringing the state total number to 34,505 positive tests, and 917 COVID-19 related deaths.

Additionally, Capodice also sent out a message urging residents to practice proper social distancing, even over what would traditionally be Spring Break.

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"Under no circumstances should your children be congregating," Capodice said. "Six foot distancing is meant for short term contact not for socializing. Feel free to go for a walk, ride your bike, sit outside in your yard, do some gardening, or grill something for lunch or dinner.

"We recommend no contact outside your family when it comes to socializing. Springfield is only as strong as those who listen. We are all impacted when residents don’t follow the rules."

Capodice also urged residents to properly discard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and to properly alert first responders in town if you are feeling sick while being attended to.

At the end of his message, Capodice noted that as the township entered week four of quarantine efforts, the apex of cases in the area still had yet to hit. As a result, Capodice left residents with a final message.

"I cannot predict when that time will come, but I do know if we ignore the rules that it will be long and unpleasant," he said. "We need to work harder and take every precaution we can to insure that our most vulnerable are protected. This virus does not discriminate. Prevention is our only weapon."