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Wear Mask In Maplewood Village, Especially Teens

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Mayor Frank McGehee and Health Officer Candice Davenport said in a letter Monday night that mask-wearing is now mandatory in the Maplewood Village area, and he also encouraged young people not to throw crowded house parties.

“Recently our Board of Health issued an emergency resolution to mandate mask wearing at all times in Maplewood Village,” the pair wrote. “…Because there has been an inconsistency in face covering usage in the Village, this is a proactive effort by our township to prevent more illness. Mandatory face covering in high density, high pedestrian traffic business areas boosts public confidence to shop and frequent local businesses and reinforces mask wearing compliance. It also helps our small businesses stay in business.”

The pair sent out this note to the community on Monday night:

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The State of COVID in Maplewood — A note from Health Officer, Candice Davenport and Mayor McGehee

As we continue to adjust to our new normal it is important to note that our FIRST PRIORITY continues to be the health and safety of our residents by reducing any possibilities of community spread and keeping our COVID cases low.

Recently our Board of Health issued an emergency resolution to mandate mask wearing at all times in Maplewood Village. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), masks/face coverings help to control the spread of disease by reducing the exposure to infected respiratory droplets. Because there has been an inconsistency in face covering usage in the Village, this is a proactive effort by our township to prevent more illness.

Mandatory face covering in high density, high pedestrian traffic business areas boosts public confidence to shop and frequent local businesses and reinforces mask wearing compliance. It also helps our small businesses stay in business.

Signage placed prominently around the Village will serve as a reminder that face coverings in public spaces are required during this public health emergency as per the Office of the Governor.

Here are the facts:

  • While our cases may be low, they are increasing in other areas all across the state.

  • NJ has been added to Massachusetts’ Higher Risk States List, and now if you travel to MA you are required to fill out a travel form and quarantine.

  • Last Thursday, Governor Murphy reported that our state had 1,301 new positive cases in one day – Thursday’s number was the most announced in one day since late May.

  • The Essex County 7 day average positive new case count has more than doubled from 24 to 56 in the last 30 days.

  • 1,091 people have died in Essex county and 27 people have died in Maplewood.

  • State COVID hospitalizations have been increasing every day – hitting a mark of 666 late last week – the highest mark since Aug. 5th.

  • Maplewood has had 378 confirmed cases to date and while we saw 17 new cases in August and 16 in September, just 11 days into October, we have 9 new active cases