ROSELAND, NJ — Mayor James Spango provided an update on COVID-19 and its effects on the borough at the Oct. 20 Zoom meeting.

Spango announced due to the recent spikes in positive test cases, borough hall will be closed for the foreseeable future to the public, however borough employees are present and there has been “no interruption of service.” 

The intent is to keep the borough employees safe, as well as the public, and the borough hall will be closed to the public for the foreseeable future.  The mayor confirmed that an additional $55,000 has been received for CARES reimbursement.

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Commenting on the statistics of positive COVID-19 cases for Roseland, Spango noted that following percentages. During the following months, the percentages shown represent the apportionment of the totality of the positive cases within the borough:

March 16% of all cases were accounted for

April 20% of all cases were accounted for

June, July & August less than 1% were accounted for

September 6% of all cases were accounted for

By the third week of October, 16% of all cases were accounted for.

Spango stated that the first three weeks of October represent the second-highest percentage within the time frame of positive cases reported and stated the results are “going in the wrong direction.” 

Spango urged residents to not let their guard down and to be vigilant in their social distancing and safety protocol measures. He confirmed there were two positive cases reported on the day of the meeting, that included a 41-year-old and a 24-year-old resident, and one resident is currently hospitalized. Although the number of cases has been on the rise in New Jersey this month, the number of hospitalizations is down markedly from where it was last spring.

On the recommendation of the Health Department, all recreational programs have been suspended until further notice.  

The Trunk or Treat event is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Halloween, however safety measures and protocols will be in place. There will be placement of colored pumpkins to identify if any treats contain nuts if someone has an allergy. If residents do not wish to receive trick or treaters this year, on the borough website there will be signage that residents may download and display indicating their non-participation which will be easily identified and uniform.