“Act as though everyone is a carrier,” Mayor Brindle said.
WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield now has 60 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19, the mayor said Thursday night. The count is up from 42 cases the night before.
Also, Mayor Shelley Brindle said, a third member of the Westfield Police Department has tested positive for the coronavirus. He is recovering at home, she said.
“We look forward to welcoming him back when he receives medical clearance,” Brindle said in a statement.
The higher number of cases reflects the police department’s ability to obtain positive COVID-19 case information from the state Department of Health, she said.
“This jump reflects not only broader testing availability and a substantial increase in the trajectory of the community transmission, but also new access to positive test results from the state, all of which have not yet been through the health department’s contact tracing process,” Brindle said. “We will continue to share the numbers from this report as they are made available. For a more detailed breakdown of statewide numbers, visit the NJ Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard.”
Brindle repeated her request that people avoid using loud landscaping equipment until noon each day.
“I completely empathize with all those affected by the noise, as I have three kids learning remotely, and I am working from home,” Brindle said. “However, since landscapers have been deemed an essential service by the governor and limitations on their operating hours can only be implemented via ordinance, I would like to reiterate a call for voluntary compliance. I know we are all doing our best in these trying times, and that includes employees of the landscaping companies earning a living with permissible work.”
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