ROSELAND, NJ -- The COVID-19 coronavirus claimed its first life of a borough resident on Friday, when the Roseland Board of Health and the New Jersey Department of Health reported the death of a hospitalized patient.

Roseland Mayor James R. Spango released this letter of condolence late Friday afternoon:

On behalf of the entire Roseland community, we express our deepest sympathy for the family and loved ones of the patient who died, as well as the families of everyone who has been affected by this outbreak, The health of our residents and the community is our top priority, and we will continue working together to care for and protect the safety and health of our residents, first responders and the entire Roseland family.

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We ask that our community respect the affected family's privacy during this time.
Residents are asked to be cautious about rumors and some less-than-accurate reports about this virus. Keep informed by obtaining information from trusted and reliable sources, including the CDC, NJDOH, and at:
CDC's COVID-19 website:
N.J. Department of Health COVID-19 website: www.covid

Feel free to call the NJ COVID-19 Information Public Call Center at 1-800-962-1253, or, call NJ 211 or text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and to stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.

The NJ Department of Human Services operates a toll free "warm line” which is a resource for people seeking mental health services. (877) 294-HELP (4357).

Hon. Mayor James R. Spango