EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Since New Jersey shut down in an effort to stave off the spread of COVID-19 this past March, East Brunswick has been involved in the full experience of the pandemic. As the township moves into a predicted second wave of virus transmission this fall/winter, it is time to review the impact of COVID-19 on the residents of East Brunswick and the medical, educationa, and business impact of contagion that has reached out and taken 200,000 American lives with 65 of them here in the township.

According to the Office of Emergency Management's Austin Kosik, who has also seen East Brunswick through several drownings this spring, two impactful storms causing lengthy power outages and the re-visioning of community care and first responder protocols driven by the pandemic, there have been 706 reported positive COVID -19 among East Brunswick residents since March 15.

There have been 65 deaths due to COVID-19. Of those 65, 30 are confirmed township residents. Other deaths involved temporary residents in long-term care facilities and rehabilitation units.  Though these individuals passed away in East Brunswick, they were residents of other towns. Many of those deaths occurred during the first month of the lockdown, when some elderly patients were removed for local hospitals and placed in rehab care.

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The Middlesex County Department of Health posted on Tuesday that six East Brunswick residents have tested positive for the Coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

There have been 11 "College Age (18- 27)" reported COVID -19 positive cases in East Brunswick since August 1. A similar number was reported in South Brunswick this week. The age range of reported COVID-19 residents of East Brunswick is one month to 98 years old.

According to Kosik, the plan to address the predicted second wave of the virus is to continue to follow the Middlesex County Health Department guidance to which has been thoroughly updated on a regular basis.  Doctors at Johns Hopkins University say that it is likely that COVID-19 "circulates along with other respiratory viruses like influenza" in the fall.

As of today, there have been 3,397,649 COVID-19 tests have been given in New Jersey with 200,580 positive results.

The East Brunswick Department on Aging has many supportive programs for the seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. TAPinto East Brunswick will provide information about those programs, services and resources in an upcoming article.