NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Middlesex Board of Freeholders has declared a county-wide state of emergency in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

The declaration, which will make the county eligible for federal reimbursement for extraordinary measures, authorizes the county and its agencies to the necessary steps to contain, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a statement released by Director Ronald Rios on Sunday.

The declaration also allows the county to procure necessary goods or services under contracts not currently available.

“The health and safety of our residents is of the utmost importance to the Board of Chosen Freeholders," Rios said. "While the community is impacted by this outbreak, we as a County must put the necessary measures in place to ensure the County is able to respond to this event appropriately."