SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Tuesday evening, members of the Springfield Township Committee spoke on the topic of COVID-19, and heard from town officials and business leaders about the game plan to deal with the pandemic that has effectively brought life in Springfield to a standstill.

Re-watch the meeting on YouTube here.

As of yesterday afternoon, Springfield had registered seven positive tests, a sliver of the 189 positive tests throughout the county. Union County has also had two deaths related to coronavirus, although an 86-year-old Springfield resident who had been admitted to the hospital several weeks ago for underlying health issues was also found to have a positive test upon his passing.

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State-wide New Jersey currently had 846 new positive tests and 17 new deaths, bringing the state total number to 3,675 positive cases, and 44 COVID-19 related deaths

Speaking at the meeting, Capodice thanked township employees and warned residents that Springfield is not free and clear yet.

"The official modeling is very clear," Capodice said. "This is going to be a long and enduring process, and we must take this very seriously. It's imperative that we're vigorously practicing social distancing and isolation. Stay home. We're far from the woods, but I'd like to thank our municipal employees ... local utility companies, [and] county, state and federal representatives. It certainly has been an all hands on deck situation."

In addition, Capodice listed a number of important items to the agenda. One note was an extension of businesses deemed essential. They include; mobile phone retail, repair shops, bicycle shops (for service and repair only,) livestock feed stores, nurseries, garden centers, and farming equipment stores.

He also encouraged residents to practice social distancing, and noted that the township had received reports of people closely interacting in public parks.