WESTFIELD, NJ — The town has gone three days without reporting a new COVID-19 case, the mayor said Friday night.

The number of Westfield cases remains at 325, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in her coronavirus update. The break in new cases followed a recent uptick cases that officials had traced to both July Fourth parties and travel to out of state hotspots.

“I’m hopeful that this three-day trend of no new cases continues,” Brindle said. “That said, let’s continue to stay vigilant, as our contact tracing determined that the most common sources of infection in our recent cases were from exposure by a friend, a party or a household member.”

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The recent uptick in cases had been concentrated among people age 17-23, said Brindle who thanked those who tested positive and then notified their peers.

She reported that she had received “disheartening messages” from the parents of youths who after notifying people they had possibly exposed to the virus received negative comments and were “shamed by others in the community.”

“The only way we are going to live somewhat normal lives with this virus is if we are able to honestly share information about sources of exposure without fearing social repercussions,” Brindle said.

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She noted that quarantine rules provide that if you suspect you have been directly exposed to the virus, you should self-isolate for 14 days, even if you’ve received a negative test result.

“The same goes for returning to New Jersey from a state on the quarantine list,” Brindle said. “Please follow the guidelines and quarantine for the entire 14 days after traveling to one of these areas.”

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