WESTFIELD, NJ — Seven more confirmed cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19, are known in Westfield Thursday, the mayor announced.

The newest cases in town are two men, ages 59 and 22, and five women, ages 52, 45, 43, 32 and 20. All are managing symptoms at home, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in a statement.

This brings the official count from the Board of Health to 26 cases, including one fatality.

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As of Thursday evening, there were 6,876 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, according to the State Department of Health. Eighty-one people have died. Click here for the state Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard giving a county-by-county breakdown of cases.

The news comes as Gov. Phil Murphy said that he will not be prepared to revisit the closure of school districts until at least April 17, at the earliest. 

“The decision to reopen will be based on careful discussion with our public health and safety experts, and with our educators and districts. We will be guided by the facts on the ground,” Murphy said.

Murphy also announced Thursday that President Donald Trump has issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the state of New Jersey. The declaration will provide federal assistance to supplement statewide recovery efforts affected by the COVID-19 pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020.

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