WESTFIELD, NJ — Two members of the Westfield Police Department and two public works employees have tested positive for COVID-19, the mayor said.

The news of four town employees testing positive for COVID-19 came as Mayor Shelley Brindle on Tuesday night reported eight more local coronavirus cases.

“While none of these employees are Westfield residents included in our counts, we felt it was important to share this information as we wish them all a speedy and full recovery,” Brindle said in her coronavirus update.

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The eight additional cases bring the count of Westfield residents to have tested positive for the virus to 430 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Brindle.

As a result of the new cases at the public works department, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said the municipality has asked some additional DPW employees to quarantine.

“None of them are symptomatic right now out of the ones that are quarantining,” Gildea said, responding to a resident's question asked at Tuesday's council meeting. He did not specify the number of employees under self-quarantine.

The count of Westfield residents to die from coronavirus stands at 42, with the last death reported on June 3, according to Brindle.

Union County on Tuesday reported the highest number of new COVID-19 positive cases statewide at 238 people, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 19,918 people, state Health Department figures show.

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