A fundraising campaign for impacted Westfield businesses has raised $70,000.

WESTFIELD, NJ — The count of people in town with confirmed cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19 rose to 19 by Wednesday night, the mayor said.

The new patients from Westfield are two men, ages 55 and 27, and a 50-year-old woman, Mayor Shelley Brindle announced. All of the new patients from Westfield are managing symptoms at home, Brindle said.

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News of the additional local patients came on the same day Gov. Phil Murphy announced that there are 736 new cases in New Jersey, including 18 new deaths. As of Wednesday, the total number of positive cases rose to 4,402 and the death toll stood at 62, according to the state health department. Click here for the state Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard giving a county-by-county breakdown of cases.

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Brindle noted Murphy’s executive order signed Wednesday requiring that all childcare centers close by April 1 unless they are solely serving children of essential workers.

And she conveyed a change the procedure for COVID-19 testing at a facility at Kean University.

If you have a valid prescription for COVID-19 testing, patients may email covid19test@ucnj.org with their name, address, phone number, email address, date of birth and a photo of your script, and then you may directly go to the Union County testing site open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. — 5 p.m., Brindle said. People with existing appointments will be seen first, she said.

How you can help

Brindle said in her statement Wednesday said that in addition to masks, the Westfield Police Department is also accepting donations of any personal protective equipment, or PPE, for the medical community. Businesses that have been shut down as a result of the pandemic may find themselves with extra, she said.

“Businesses like automotive suppliers, nail salons, dentists, physical therapy and fitness studios may find that they have additional PPE or even extra disinfectant wipes and gloves,” Brindle said.

In addition, Brindle said members of the public can help first responders by donating a meal to local first responders.

“Just call the non-emergency line of the Police Department (908-789-4000) and let them know you’d like to have food or restaurant gift cards delivered, which will be distributed among the Westfield Police, Fire and Health Departments and the Rescue Squad,” Brindle said. “It’s also a great way to support our local restaurants. We will be sure to publicly acknowledge any and all contributions. Many thanks to all who have donated so far.”

For Impacted Businesses

And the Westfield United Fund announced that it has established an online application for impacted local business to apply to receive a portion of the $70,000 raised from the #WeLoveLocal fundraising campaign, Brindle said. Click here to visit the application.

The town had kicked off the fundraising campaign with a “porch concert” by Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik, a Westfield resident.

“Any independent business with a physical retail address in Westfield that has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 related restrictions can apply on the Westfield United Fund website,” Brindle said.

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