SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Police Department has adopted two new programs, 911eye and NJ211, to enhance their monitoring abilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes following the confirmation of 162 new cases in the state of New Jersey, although none of these new cases are in South Brunswick. The township currently has two confirmed cases of Coronavirus, both residents are quarantined in their homes.
The new 911eye program allows callers to live stream, send photos and share their location with the police department. This is an effort to reduce the person-to-person contact with any individual who may have contracted COVID-19 and expand the amount of incidents that are reported.
The township is also utilizing the use of NJ 211, a call center which directs New Jersey residents to needed resources, such as doctors or food pantries. Residents can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and to stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.
“We are utilizing all the tools at our disposal to serve the public and enhance safety.” said Police Chief Raymond Hayducka in a press release from the department. “This gives us a great new advantage to be able to assess a scene prior to any direct contact."
The press release also details advice for residents in South Brunswick on how to prevent the spread, such as social distancing, practicing good hygiene and staying home from work if you are sick. Individuals with no symptoms are not recommended to be tested, those who do have symptoms are advised to follow directions given to them from a health care provider.
The Fire and EMS squads have been given 1,150 additional sets of personal protective equipment, in an attempt to keep first responders healthy according to the press release. This was done at the request of the South Brunswick Office of Emergency Management. The office is also working with the food pantry to fill the shelves and get resources to those in need. Their first food drive since the start of the pandemic is on Friday, March 20th from 9A.M to 5P.M.
"The Food Bank has been doing an amazing job of managing the needs of our community, and has really stepped up to be sure our food stock doesn't fall short. We've already received several generous donations, and I'd like to thank those members of our community who stepped up in this difficult time to make sure all our community members are well cared for, and their needs met.” said South Brunswick Mayor Charles Carley in a statement released by the township.