SPRINGFIELD, NJ — For the first time in several weeks, Springfield has reported new fatalities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In yesterday's email update to township residents, Springfield Mayor Christopher Capodice reported that two new COVID-19 related deaths in Springfield had been logged. One was a male in his late 70s and the other was a female in her early 90s. According to Capodice, both individuals had underlying health conditions.

Overall, Springfield had three new cases of COVID-19, and two new deaths, totaling 217 positive tests and 18 deaths. Union County had 117 new cases of COVID-19, and 8 new deaths, totaling 14,306 positive tests and 908 deaths. The State of New Jersey had 1,028 new cases of COVID-19 and 197 new deaths, bringing the state total number to 141,560 positive tests, and 9,702 COVID-19 related deaths.

In the update, Capodice also discussed the executive order signed by the governor that included the following provisions:

  • All non-essential construction will be allowed to resume starting Monday, May 18th at 6:00 a.m.
  • Non-essential businesses will be allowed to open for online sales and curbside pickup only, starting Monday, May 18th at 6:00 a.m.
  • Drive-in events will be allowed and this includes drive-in religious services – all cars must remain six feet apart, no one is to leave their cars, windows and sunroofs must be closed.
  • Car washes – self serve car washes can be open. Those with staff who wash the vehicles may not be opened unless staff is taking payment or washing wheels. Staff may not go inside cars.
  • All of these openings still require the use of masks and maintaining social distancing guidelines.