EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - One of the confirmed cases of the coronavirus is in East Brunswick according to a Nixle advisory released by the East Brunswick Police Department. In response, the township is closing its senior citizen center through March 28. It was also announced that the East Brunswick Public School District will be closed for the remainder of the week.

Several New Jersey school districts, colleges and universities have closed due to concerns over the coronavirus including the South Brunswick School District was closed today. State officials reported that the number of coronavirus cases in the state has risen to 23. The number is up eight from Tuesday when the first death due to COVID-19 was reported Lt. Governor Shelia Oliver. Of the eight new cases, two are in Middlesex County including the one in East Brunswick. Two other new cases are in Monmouth County and four are in Bergen County. All eight patients are currently hospitalized and range in ages from 17 to 65 according to published reports. The results of 37 tests are pending. Two of the new coronavirus patients do not have any connection to current sources of infection according to state officials.

Garden State residents can visit the New Jersey Department of Health's website for up-to-date information on the novel coronavirus. The department has also set up a hotline for residents to call. The hotline number is 1-800-222-1222. Residents using out-of-state cell phone numbers are asked to call 1-800-962-1253.