UNION, NJ – At least 520 Union residents are confirmed to have COVID-19, reported Mayor Michele Delisfort Monday evening, an increase of 185 positive cases in the past four days.  

In her daily update, Delisfort said New Jersey recorded another 3,663 new positive cases for a total of 41,090.  There have been 1,003 deaths from the virus in New Jersey since the first positive test was announced on March 4.  In Union County, there are 3,685 confirmed cases, with 78 deaths.

“This certainly lifted my spirits, and hopefully will give you the comfort and knowledge that we are on the right track,” said Delisfort about data released by Governor Phil Murphy which showed social distancing efforts of the last month are starting to work. There has been a decline in the growth rate of new cases, from 24% to 12% daily. “The effort to flatten the curve is beginning to work,” added Delisfort.  “Let’s continue to practice social distancing to help decrease the number of positive cases.”

Delisfort also said the Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University has implemented a new “telehealth” procedure for persons seeking a COVID-19 test where Union County residents, as well as all first responders and health workers working in the county regardless of residence, can report symptoms and schedule testing by calling 908-373-5105 or 908-214-7107. No walk-ins are admitted. The regular weekday hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Test Center is available on a drive-through basis only. Testing is free. For more information and updates, visit the link below.