Union County is working to set up a drive-up COVID-19 testing facility, Mayor Brindle said.

WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 12:06 p.m. March 17) There is a second case of COVID-19 confirmed in the town, authorities said Monday night.

The 45-year-old man is stable and managing symptoms at home, Mayor Shelley Brindle said.

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“All individuals considered to be close contacts have been reached and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days,” Brindle wrote in an update Monday night.

The two Westfield cases are among eight in Union County and 178 statewide, according to the state Health Department.

In addition to the two Westfield cases, there are cases of COVID-19 in each of the following Union County municipalities: Garwood, Union, Linden and Berkeley Heights, authorities said. A case initially thought to have been a Summit resident was found to have his primary residence in Madison, the Westfield Regional Health Department said following publication of this story.

“Any cases that fall under the jurisdiction of the Westfield Regional Health Department have been interviewed and all close contacts have been notified,” said Westfield Regional Health Department Director Megan Avallone. “If you feel as though you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please call before going to your health care provider.”

A case initially said by a Union County spokesperson Monday to have been contracted by a Scotch Plains resident was reported in error. However, The total number of cases county-wide remained at eight as of 2 p.m. Monday, the state Health Department's website shows.

Union County indicated Monday that plans are underway to establish a drive-up COVID-19 testing facility, Brindle said, with anticipated timing for a limited initial roll out expected within the next week.

Officials are encouraging “social distancing” as a means to prevent the spread of the virus.

In a live streamed Q&A session with the Fanwood Borough Council Monday night, Avallone discussed among other measures the importance of self-care, including exercise and attending to mental health needs.

“Call a friend. FaceTime a friend,” Avallone said. “I think it’s really important that we support each other as a community now.”

Editor’s Note: Due to a Union County reporting error, a previous version of this story erroneously stated that there was a case of COVID-19 in Scotch Plains. As of this writing, there is no such case. Additionally, the City of Summit on Tuesday corrected a previous announcement to say that a COVID-19 patient reported be living in Summit actually holds a primary residence in Madison.

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