SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - This past week, September 6th to 13th, South Brunswick Township confirmed 17 new cases of COVID-19. This is the largest spike of newly reported cases in one week’s time since the beginning of June, according to the Office of Emergency Management. The OEM also confirmed four previously unreported cases from past months, bringing the township total to 513 cases of COVID-19.

            Of the 17 new cases, eight are male and nine are female with an average age of 34. 70% of the new cases are of college age and one of them is under 18 year old, which may be a contributing factor to the sudden spike in confirmed cases. College students, regardless of where they attend school, are still listed in their hometowns even if they contract the virus on campus. As of now, the OEM has not confirmed this as the reason for the increase in cases.

            For the past twelve weeks, South Brunswick Township has seen only single digit increases in cases over a week-long period. Most of the new cases have an average age of 20s and 30s, according to the OEM. 32 residents have died due to COVID-19, 17 male and 15 female with an average age of 76.

            Today, the state confirmed 326 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in New Jersey to 196,968 according to Governor Murphy. There are currently 18,842 cases of COVID-19 in Middlesex County according to the OEM.