NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Middlesex County Officials have announced five new cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in New Brunswick.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli reported during an afternoon press conference that there were 1,982 new cases in the state, including 27 deaths. That brings the total cases in New Jersey to 8,825 and the death toll is now 108.

Of the 96 new cases announced Friday in the county’s daily count, 10 were from Monroe and nine were from Edison.

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The death toll in the United States topped 1,000 on Wednesday. The first death in the United States was reported Feb. 29.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have widespread effects on all parts of society.

For instance, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sue Fulton announced Friday that the closure of all MVC agency, road testing and inspections facilities will be extended through April 12, as a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Chief Fulton says other Commission operations are continuing, through online submissions from customers as well as other functions, including those that support commercial trucking critical to keeping the supply chain moving during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Similarly, New Jersey schools will remain closed through at least April 17, Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday.

In New Brunswick, the city has announced a temporary suspension of enforcement of alternate side parking rules, which would normally take effect on April 1 as part of the city’s street sweeping operations.

The suspension is due to the increase in vehicles parked on city streets as a result of Murphy’s Stay At Home executive orders.

Despite the suspension of the parking rules, the street sweeping program will begin April 1. Street sweeping helps get debris and dirt out of the streets so that it does not end up in waterways, a significant source of water pollution in our rivers, streams and lakes, according to a press release from Mayor Jim Cahill’s office.

Residents who are able to comply with the alternate side rules are encouraged to do so. This will allow the street sweeping equipment to collect as much debris as possible.

An announcement will be made soon as to when enforcement of the alternate side parking rules will begin.