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Dear Westwood Residents,
I have been asked to provide the number of COVID positive cases in the borough of Westwood. The Borough is utilizing www.westwoodnj.gov/bergencounty, which links to an updated map hosted by Bergen County and provides town-by-town counts of known cases. We have noticed slightly different numbers from different sources; and so we suggest residents seeking those numbers visit that site.
Some thoughts on these numbers:
So while knowing the current number of positive COVID -19 may be of limited, practical value, we should be reminded of this:
As I have stated elsewhere, and often, complying with these protocols – religiously - reduces your risk of contracting COVID -19 by 37 to 40 %. That is really the most consequential number to know, and to remember, until this is crisis ends- and end, it soon will. And, for the vast majority of us - without devastating health consequences requiring hospitalization. 85 % of those infected will have no symptoms, or mild symptoms, as reported by NJ DOH Commissioner Judith Persichilli. Some percentage of those being tested are proving negative. John’s Hopkins University‘s global tracking of the virus reports the growing number of people, confirmed to have had COVID-19, who are now healthy again. Millions more , who never even knew they were sick, are walking around with antibodies that serve as the basis for fast tracked vaccines, and therapies that will ultimately defeat this virus.
Numbers without context can inspire fear. But since the beginning of March, I have witnessed, close up, the people of Westwood respond to this event. I have seen you rise to care for and protect the most vulnerable among us. I have seen our Emergency Services volunteers suit up, and risk their own health, so that we may keep ours.
It has been said of Westwood “Hate has no place here. “ Neither do fear and hopelessness. What I have seen in our residents, borough employees and business people over the past few weeks can be summed up in one word - Faith. Faith in each other and faith in Westwood- our beloved Westwood.
I could not be prouder to serve as your Mayor at this time.