ROSELAND, NJ — In addition to reassuring Roseland residents that the borough is “doing its part in the collective fight of COVID-19,” Mayor James Spango announced in a video message to the community that there have still been no positive cases reported in the Borough of Roseland.

He added, however, that it is only a matter of time until a Roseland resident tests positive for the rapidly spreading coronavirus as confirmed cases continue to pop up within neighboring communities such as Caldwell, North Caldwell and Livingston.

“Honestly, some of us probably have this virus and just don’t know it,” said Spango. “But make no mistake, this virus it’s here. It’s not a question of if we have this virus, but when…The more we test, the most positive we will have. No is the time to be of heightened concern, but not panic.

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“Now is the time to be vigilant in our health habits. Now is the time to maintain safe social distance…Now is the time to listen and heed the warnings for the safety of yourself and our community. Now is the time to come together and do what’s right—not only for you, but our community.”

Spango also encouraged residents to check on their senior neighbors and offer to assist them with prescriptions and groceries, but to do so by calling rather than visiting, and delivering items to their home without making direct contact.  

Furthermore, Spango reiterated the importance of shopping locally whenever possible by ordering delivery or takeout from local restaurants or shopping with local retailers online.

“Our local businesses are going to need our help during this,” he said. “These businesses are what enable Roseland to have the small-town feel that we all covet and enjoy. They support and sponsor our recreational programs, town events and private resident fundraisers, and it would only be right to return the favor if you can.”

Spango’s message can be viewed in its entirety below: