SPRINGFIELD, NJ — As the state deals with its first cases of Covid-19, commonly known as Coronavirus, the Springfield Township Committee took the time to bring in a health expert to discuss strategies for the dealing with the disease.

Springfield's health officer, Mike Fitzpatrick, who comes from the Bloomfield health Department, where Springfield shares services with other town came up to the microphone, and walked residents through some of the tips and information he felt they needed to know as more cases pop up.

To watch Fitzpatrick's presentation before the township committee, click here.

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Speaking with TAPinto Springfield after his presentation, Fitzpatrick noted that his schedule has been crowded with similar presentations.

"I am doing multiple of these a day," Fitzpatrick said. "Several, like a dozen a week at this time. I cover eight towns. I've been in every single community at meetings like a council meeting, meetings with superintendents of schools, webinars, seminars, discussion points.

"And so I think it's very important, because what we want to do is we want to not allow people to be unnecessarily afraid. But we want them to know that we're monitoring, and we're watching closely, so if there's any action that needs to be taken by us as public health officials or by the public, we can can do that in a timely manner to protect the public."