NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A spokesman at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital confirmed this afternoon the hospital is treating two presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 in New Brunswick.
The hospital declined to release the identities of the patients, but said it is adhering to the recommended procedures and guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state's Department of Health.
According to a statement provided to TAPinto New Brunswick, "Both patients are doing well and are pending discharge."
Judy Persichilli, the commissioner of the state's Health Department, said at a press conference this afternoon that there are six new cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in the state, including a 23-year-old man from Bridgewater. She said he may have been exposed through close contact with a Pennsylvania resident who has the coronavirus.
In addition to the Bridgewater man, a 16-year-old girl from Englewood, a 66-year-old woman from Montclair, a 51-year-old man from Butler, a 53-year-old man from Manalapan and a woman from Teaneck have also tested positive.
Persichilli said the new cases bring to total to 29 in New Jersey, including two in Middlesex County.
An East Brunswick man has tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19, according to a TAPinto East Brunswick report Wednesday,
The commissioner announced today that her office has begun to assign risk categories to each county. In Middlesex, the risk is none to normal, she said.
Gov. Phil Murphy's office today announced it is recommending the cancellation of all public gatherings throughout the state of more than 250 people, including concerts, sporting events and parades.
“Additionally, for all events, we recommend that everyone practice common-sense hygiene, like washing hands routinely, staying home if you do not feel well and keeping a 6-foot distance from others," Murphy said. "Our frontline efforts right now must be to aggressively mitigate the potential for exposure and further spread. We are taking this step because social distancing works. It is our best chance to flatten the curve and mitigate the chance of rapid spread, so we can respond to this public health emergency in an even more focused manner.”
The RWJUH spokesman also confirmed that the visitation policy at all of its hospitals and healthcare facilities has been updated as a precaution to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. For further information, log on to www.rwjbh.org.
"We continue to be on high alert across the entire health care system and are fully prepared to treat COVID-19 patients as well as all other medical and clinical issues as usual," according to a statement from the hospital.