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Five Additional Confirmed COVID—19 Related Deaths

Release Date: May 09, 2020



Mayor Carolyn Blackman and the Town of Dover Health Department jointly announce the unfortunate confirmation of the death of five (5additional Dover residentas a result of COVID-19.  


Mayor Blackman stated, “It is with a very heavy heart that we, as a community, have now lost thirty-nine (39) members of our community in this world-wide pandemic.  The Board of Aldermen and I extend our hearts and our hands to the surviving families, friends, and other loved ones who are suffering due to their loss; I offer them mysupport, thoughts and prayers and wish them peace as they cope with this tragedy.  I ask the family to contact my administration via the COVID-19 Hotline at 862-210-4036if we can offer any assistance.


I cannot stress enough that everyone is susceptible to COVID-19.  The tragic death of these individuals demonstrate the critical importance and understanding how impactful COVID-19 is to each of us.”


Now, more than ever, as the number of our confirmed positive cases continue to increase and our death toll is rising, I implore everyone in our community to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders for our collective safety:


• Stay home
• Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet
• Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
• Avoid touching your face
• Sneeze or cough into your elbow or a tissue, which you then throw out
• Disinfect frequently used and touched surfaces


If you are sick:

• Stay home; Do not go to work
• Isolate yourself from others
• Call a healthcare professional if you have symptoms and follow instructions


If your children are sick:

• Stay home
• Contact your medical provider and follow instructions


Until a vaccine is developed, these are the best tools available to reduce the spread of infection.  Blackman also recommends wearing a mask when leaving the home to conduct essential business, such as obtaining food or seeking medical care.


Blackman continued, “On behalf of the Board of Aldermen and the entire administration, I want to thank everyone who is staying put and venturing out only for essential business.  I also want to thank our business owners who have been diligently enforcing the Governor’s Orders and CDC guidelines. 


“It is imperative that we all remain calm, informed, and united during these challenging times.  While I cannot physically embrace you, I embrace you nonetheless, with my caring, support, and prayers as together we navigate the troubled, uncharted waters of this pandemic.  


While there is no doubt this crisis will have a long-lasting impact on the culture of our nationI am confident that ultimately as a nation, state, and town, we will prevail and make necessary changes to our lifestyles and preparedness to limit future outbreaks; however, at least some of that begins now.  Please stay safe by staying home.