MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - A part-time staff member at Middlesex County College has tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19.

The worker, who was last on the Edison campus on Thursday, March 5, is the college's first confirmed case, according to a press release issued by the school.

The staff member is now self-quarantined at home in accordance Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols and is reportedly doing well. 

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Based on established college protocols and guidance from health authorities, people who may have had direct contact with this individual are being contacted and provided with additional guidance. 

According to the press release, Middlesex County College will undertake disinfection and sanitation protocols and has moved to remote operations, effective immediately.

In recent days, the college had planned to move all employees except for those employees who are essential to the health, safety, and welfare of the college community to a fully remote work schedule beginning Monday, March 23.

Middlesex County College has in recent weeks taken a number of steps in response to COVID-19, including instituting additional cleaning and disinfecting protocols and increasing the frequency of such cleaning on high-touch surfaces in high-traffic areas. It has also been implementing additional social-distancing policies, including suspension or cancellation of all on-campus activities and meetings.

School officials extending spring break through Tuesday, March 17, after which all instruction is now being delivered online at least through March 31 (to be re-evaluated on an ongoing basis).

All athletic programs have been suspended for the remainder of the season and college-sponsored travel has been canceled.