NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Three city residents have tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19, according to Fire Director and Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Robert Rawls.
Rawls, who spoke during Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, did not reveal their conditions or where they are being treated.
It was the first council meeting since Gov. Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 104, which prohibits gatherings of 50 or more people.
Four of the council members were present in the Council Chambers inside City Hall: President John Anderson, Rebecca Escobar, Kevin Egan and Glenn Fleming. Vice Councilwoman Suzanne Sicora Ludwig, as well as some other city officials and the public, utilized call-in conferencing to participate in the meeting.
Earlier in the day, the city announced it had launched a web page where resident could go to find valuable links and information relative to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
The site features links to various credible sources of COVID-19 information that is constantly being shared and updated by national, state and county agencies.
Rawls also urged New Brunswick residents to call 211, a hotline recently activated by the state to help handle COVID-19 related calls. Residents call also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.
With two major hospitals, the state university and some 57,000 residents, it comes as no surprise that the COVID-19 outbreak has affected New Brunswick.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital announced March 12 that it was treating its first two positive COVID-19 cases. Saint Peter’s University Hospital confirmed March 17 that it was treating its first patient with the virus.
On March 15, Rutgers confirmed that an engineering professor had tested positive.
Rawls said the city’s Emergency Operation Center has been activated and has been working around the clock to keep the city safe. The city, however, has not declared a local state of emergency.
“First I would like to commend the city – the government and the citizens of this great city – for the job you’re doing,” Rawls said Wednesday night. “The best job is minimizing of the spread of this disease, this virus that’s going around.”