Mayor Shelley Brindle asked the public not to post photos to social media of people violating social distance regulations.
WESTFIELD, NJ — The three Westfield Police officers who tested positive for coronavirus have recovered as the number of cases in the town continues rise, the mayor said.
Municipal officials had last week reported that the officers were among the people in Westfield to test positive for coronavirus and on Monday Mayor Shelley Brindle said that the officers are back to work.
“All three Westfield Police Officers who tested positive have recovered and returned to work after receiving medical clearance,” Brindle said in her nightly COVID-19 update Monday.
Brindle’s report that the Westfield Police officers have recovered came as the number of people to test positive for coronavirus rose to 93 in Westfield. As of Monday night, they are among 3,685 people to test positive for the disease in Union County and 41,090 people across New Jersey to test positive, according to the state Health Department figures.
On Monday, the state Health Department reported an additional seven deaths across the 21 municipalities that comprise Union County, bringing the death toll to 78 county-wide and 1,003 across New Jersey, the state figures show. Three of those deaths have been residents of Westfield.
The municipality has closed its parks to vehicular traffic, and police continue to enforce the social distancing requirements mandated under the governor’s executive order, officials said.
“As both the Chief of Police and the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Town of Westfield, I fully expect all persons and entities to follow the lawful orders of government, especially during a declared state of emergency and at other times of crisis,” said Police Chief Christopher Battiloro in an emailed statement. “Failure to do is detrimental to the good order, health and well-being of this community and it shall not be tolerated.”
Brindle praised the police response during the pandemic and asked that people not post photos to social media of people alleged to be violating social distance regulations.
“If you witness an organized gathering of more than 10 people (which is in direct violation of the Governor’s Executive Order), please call the Police Department to report it,” Brindle said in her update. “For other cases involving social distancing concerns, please take it upon yourself to address it (from an appropriate distance) as a concerned community member.
“That said, let’s not resort to public shaming — especially when it comes to minors. It’s not appropriate to post photos of other people’s children on social media, and I would hope that everyone can agree this is not what we would want for our own kids.”
The height of the outbreak is anticipated to come between April 19 and May 11, with anywhere from 86,000 positive cases with social distancing to 509,000 positive cases as worst-case, state health officials said Monday.
“Thanks to all of you who continue to look out for our collective well-being,” Brindle said. “It’s critical that we all take responsibility to help flatten the curve.”
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