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MAYOR JOHN E. McCORMAC MAYOR MESSAGE – TV-35 FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2021This is Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac and today is Friday, January 15.The Township had 288 new cases of Coronavirus within the general public in the last four days with 65 on Monday, 94 on Tuesday, 73 on Wednesday and 56 on Thursday. There were no new cases in State facilities and we are always very thankful to not have any new deaths to report.The only small positive note is that our seven day rolling average, which got as high as 82, is down to 72, but it is hardly good news when that many people in town become ill.Please keep up with good personal hygiene, mask wearing, social distancing and honoring the limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings. Please keep an eye on your homebound neighbors and those living alone.Our vaccine program is continuing and we have inoculated 645 individuals in category 1A of first responders and health care workers. We have additional sessions scheduled and we expect more doses of the Moderna vaccine next week.Governor Murphy and the State have expanded vaccine category 1B to include anyone over 65 and people between 16 and 64 with specific medical issues.We have trained all of our Senior Center employees to be able to help our senior citizen population register with the State Department of Health and we established a hot line for people to call to get that help at 732-726-6264. The response has been overwhelming because many of our seniors either have no access to a computer or are not experienced enough to be able to do it alone.We have received nearly a thousand calls on the hot line and we are following up with everyone so please be patient - especially because you will soon be a patient.You can also sign up directly on-line at: covidvaccine.nj.gov.Please remember that we cannot give medical advice or help you decide whether or not to get the vaccine. Girl Scout cookie sales start this weekend which is sure to cheer everyone up. The Scouts cannot go door to door but we are helping them have drive-up cookie drives. You can buy cookies tomorrow at the Evergreen Senior Center on Inman Avenue in Colonia from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Woodbridge Community Center and from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Cypress Recreation Center on West Avenue in Port Reading.We are filming a virtual Martin Luther King, Jr. ceremony that will be aired on Monday at 1:00, 6:00 and 9:00 PM on TV-35 and their YouTube channel.So COVID-19 has managed to accomplish something that women all over America have been trying to get done for decades. Sports were cancelled, bars were closed and men were forced to spend time at home.Thank you and stay safe. # # #