WESTFIELD, NJ — Two more Westfield residents have died from coronavirus, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths in town to 16.
Mayor Shelley Brindle on Friday night reported the deaths of a 58-year-old man and a 91-year-old woman. The report came on the same day the COVID-19 death toll across New Jersey rose to 3,840 people, state Health Department figures show.
Brindle also reported four more Westfield residents have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of Westfield residents to test positive for the virus to 158. They join 78,467 people across New Jersey to have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the state Health Department.
Also Friday, Brindle extended the cancellation of “all town events” through the end of May. She had initially canceled the events until April 19 to ensure that social distancing guidelines are met.
“As you know, we already postponed the Memorial Day parade, and it is only prudent at this point to include all other May events as the stay at home order remains in effect for the foreseeable future,” Brindle said in her nightly update.
Brindle said that it would be too soon to know if Memorial Pool will open on time this summer.
“While it is certainly our hope that we can have our facility open for the community to enjoy, we will obviously only do so if it can be done safely, in the interest of public health above all else,” Brindle said. “Knowing that New York City has closed their public pools for the summer, we await guidance from the State of New Jersey about any potential plans to follow suit.”
In a separate statement Friday, Schools Superintendent Margaret Dolan responded to the governor’s Thursday announcement that public schools in New Jersey would remain closed through May 15. While she did not discuss specific options in her statement, Dolan said the district is discussing ways to observe year-end traditions such as prom and graduation.
“Our building principals and I continue to discuss various, situation-dependent options for these important traditions, including kindergarten and fifth-grade celebrations, first, sixth and ninth grade orientations, eighth grade promotion, and, of course, the many events for our twelfth-graders, including prom and their commencement ceremony,” Dolan said.
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