Dear Editor:

Over the last week, the daily lives of Fanwoodians have changed dramatically. Today Governor Murphy announced 442 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state for a total of 1,327 statewide including 38 in Union County. 

There is also one additional case in Fanwood. The 71-year-old male patient is recovering at home and is not connected to other cases. The individual has been interviewed and has had no contact outside his household.

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The Borough is unable to provide identifying information about any of the confirmed cases, as it would be a violation of patient privacy laws. We can assure you that each case was contacted and interviewed by our health department and all confirmed contacts have been made aware. I would like to remind you that the Borough is taking every action we can to ensure the health and safety of our residents and employees.    

As of 9:00 p.m. tonight, the Governor's latest executive order will go into effect. The order will prohibit all gatherings and close all non-essential business. The order also mandates that residents remain at home except when accessing essential services. More information is at  

I ask every individual to do their part by staying home, practicing social distancing and maintaining pandemic-grade hygiene. To ensure compliance and help prevent the spread of the virus, the Borough's skate park and playgrounds are off-limits. Residents are still able to be outside and enjoy a walk, run, or other activity as long as they are compliant with social distancing. 

These are incredibly stressful times for everyone. Social distancing can be emotionally challenging, as can coping with a disease outbreak and economic worries. If you need to talk to someone about how you're feeling a helpline has been set up at 877-294-HELP (4357).

I encourage residents to maintain regular communications with friends, family, and neighbors. If you are concerned about the welfare of a resident, the Fanwood Police Department can conduct a non-emergency welfare check (details below). Thankfully we live in a world where technology connects us despite social distancing and we must rely on one another for support during this difficult time. 

We have set up a new webpage at that includes COVID-19 health information and community assistance resources. There is an additional page with business resources at

Colleen Mahr
Mayor of Fanwood