MILLTOWN, NJ - A one-hour information session about COVID-19 will be held on Thursday, March 26 at the Milltown Senior Center from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The session will be conducted by the Middlesex County Health Department Education Unit in conjunction with the Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management.

On Monday, Governor Phil Murphy declared a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency in response to the growing threat of the novel coronavirus outbreak in New Jersey. The executive order applies to all 21 counties in New Jersey and allows state agencies and departments to use state resources to help communities impacted by COVID-19 cases as well as enacting other safeguards and powers according to a press release from the governor's office. These powers include empowering the Departments of Banking and Insurance, Health, Human Services and the Civil Service Commission "to take all appropriate steps to address the public health hazard of COVID-19.

“The State of New Jersey is committed to deploying every available resource, across all levels of government, to help respond to the spread of COVID-19 and keep our residents informed,” said Governor Murphy. “My Administration will continue to work closely with our federal partners to ensure that local health agencies on the front lines of the state’s response are equipped with the resources needed to further prepare our health care system for a broader spread of COVID-19.”

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New Jersey currently has 15 presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus according to information released at a Tuesday press conference by Lt. Governor Shelia Oliver. The results of 31 cases are currently pending according to information from the New Jersey State Department of Health. A presumptive positive case is defined as a sample that tested positive in a New Jersey lab, but is awaiting confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

New Jersey's first death from the virus was announced by Oliver today. A Bergen County man in his 60s died from cardiac arrest this morning. The man's name was not released, but it was reported that he did have underlying health issues including diabetes and emphysema. The man had not traveled out of the country. However, according to New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, he did travel to and from New York. Persichilli provided the information at today's press conference.

New York currently has 173 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Washington has the most confirmed cases in the US with 179.

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.

The Milltown Senior Center is located at 60 Violet Terrace.