CHATHAM, NJ - Climbing COVID case counts are the reason behind Chatham Borough's switch from an in-person to full virtual reorganization meeting.
The announcement was made late Wednesday night by Borough Administrator Steven Williams, who in an email wrote, "In light of the recent up-tick of positive Delta and Omicron Covid-19 cases in the Borough, 168 last week and 108 this week, we have decided that it would be in the best interest of all to switch the Borough's 2022 Reorganization Meeting to a virtual meeting."
Chatham Borough's 168 positive cases accrued during the week of Dec. 15 through 22, as compared to 60 cases between Dec. 1 and 14.
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In July, the Borough Council meetings returned to an in-person format with a virtual component, following a hiatus since the start of the pandemic from in-person meetings.
To connect virtually to the upcoming meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m., see the notice on the Borough's website with instructions to enter the meeting here and the Zoom link at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81921934009
Williams said that the Borough has "every confidence that the January 24th meeting will be in person, but that decision will be made closer to that date."
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This article originally appeared on the Chatham Patch