SPRINGFIELD, NJ — As the situation surrounding the spread of coronavirus continues to unfold, the Township of Springfield has continued to update residents with the latest information.

One such update deals with a connection to coronavirus for a Springfield employee, and the other is a notice of a slight change to the revaluation policy during this time.

In an update sent out by Springfield Mayor Chris Capodice, he announced that yesterday afternoon, a Township employee self-reported that a family member was exposed to someone with the Coronavirus. This information was discovered after the end of business on Tuesday.

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According to the statement, the family member was immediately tested, and they have self quarantined until which time, the test results can be processed. This investigation included those who may have been in contact, and as of this statement, there are no individuals who are symptomatic.

"This is not a time to speculate or to spread rumors," Capodice said in the update. "It is important to take this seriously and continue to take proper precautions and actions."

The decision was made to share the information with residents out of an abundance of caution and keep them updated as the situation progresses.

The other piece of news deals with the process of revaluation currently beginning to take place in town, revaluation

As a result of the spread of coronavirus, Professional Property Appraisers (PPA), the firm doing the revaluation for the Township will suspend interior inspections until the situation with this virus is resolved. 

In the meantime, the field inspectors for PPA will perform exterior inspections, which will only involve measuring the exteriors of buildings without walking through the interior of the home. 

Once the situation passes, either a second physical attempt at interior revaluation will be completed or a letter will be mailed requesting an interior inspection of a house. 

At this time, field inspectors will not be dropping cards, but they will be knocking on doors to let residents know that they are measuring outside. They will maintain a safe social distance when speaking with residents as well.  

Per the Department of Public Works, Garbage and Recycling collection will also continue as regularly scheduled.