NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A spokesperson at Saint Peter’s University Hospital confirmed Tuesday it is treating its first positive case of the coronavirus COVID-19.

The hospital declined to comment on the patient specifically – citing federal privacy laws – other than to say it is an adult patient.

“Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s healthcare providers are specially trained to handle a wide variety of infectious diseases, including this one, and are prepared to deliver safe, efficient and patient-friendly care to all who walk through our doors,” according to a statement from the hospital.

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“We are working with local and state partners on monitoring procedures for those who interacted with this patient.”

Word of the first positive case at Saint Peter’s comes on a day when Gov. Phil Murphy announced 89 new positive cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in the state, including five in Middlesex County. That brings the total number statewide to 267 – including three deaths.

Judy Persichilli, commissioner of the state health department, said Tuesday at a press conference with Murphy’s cabinet members that the age range for COVID-19 cases in New Jersey is 5 to 93. The median age is 52.

She said the state is looking into opening two or three shuttered hospitals in anticipation that a surge of positive COVID-19 cases will create an increased demand for critical care beds.

FEMA will also be setting up two drive-by testing facilities – one in Bergen County, one in Monmouth – capable of doing upward of 2,500 tests a day.

Robert Wood Johnson University reported March 12 that it was treating two patients who had tested positive for COVID-19.