MILLTOWN, NJ - The Milltown School District is closed on Friday, March 13 to students. However, the district's teachers are using the day for an in-service to prepare for the likelihood of online and alternate instruction if health concerns relating to the coronavirus worsen and force schools to close. Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Brown stressed in correspondence to the Milltown School District parents that there are currently not any COVID-19 health concerns relating to any Milltown School District staff members or students. Brown stated that Friday would also be used by district custodians to thoroughly clean the classrooms of the Parkview and Joyce Kilmer Schools.

The East Brunswick, South Brunswick and South River School Districts are among those shut for the remainder of the week in response to a presumptive positive case of the coronavirus in East Brunswick and the exposure of two South Brunswick residents who were exposed to COVID-19 at a party.

New Jersey officials announced the addition of six presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus on Thursday afternoon. The number of infected people in the Garden State is now 29. New cases include a 16-year-old teen from Englewood, a 66-year-old Montclair woman, a 51-year-old woman from Butler Borough, a 23-year-old Bridgewater man, a 53-year-old Manalapan man and a woman from Teaneck. Four of the new cases are being treated at area hospitals. New Jersey has one reported death since the outbreak of the coronavirus spread to the Garden State.

Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency on Monday and today issued a recommendation to cancel all public gatherings of 250 or more people. 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.