NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two more residents of New Brunswick have tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, according to information released by county officials.

The first city resident to test positive for COVID-19 was announced via Middlesex County's official Twitter account on March 17. There was another case announced on March 18 and another on March 19.

In all, there were 39 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Middesex County recorded since 9 p.m. Sunday, including five people each from Sayreville and Piscataway.

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According to information released by county officials, 192 Middlesex residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

At the noon press conference hosted by Gov. Phil Murphy and his cabinet, Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said there were 935 new positive cases and seven more deaths in the state from the day before. In all, 2,844 people have tested positive and the death toll is up to 20.

The county is joining with Murphy in an attempt to promote social distancing to help slow the spread of the virus.

On Monday, Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios announced that some regular services in Middlesex County have been altered.

Middlesex County Area Travel

MCAT has implemented changes in service. It will no longer be operating any of the county's five fixed route shuttles which follow a set schedule, however, it will continue to operate services for essential travel for residents 60 and older and disabled residents of Middlesex County. Registration and advanced reservations are required.  For more information, please visit our website at Middlesexcountynj.gov or call 732-745-7456.

Golf

Based on a directive from the State of New Jersey, Middlesex County is temporarily closing its golf courses until further notice, effective March 22. These courses include Tamarack, Raritan Landing, and The Meadows. For more information about the golf courses, please visit Middlesexcountygolf.com.

County parks

To protect public safety and health, Middlesex County playgrounds, campgrounds, visitor centers, restrooms, and similar facilities have been closed, but roads, parking areas, trails, lakes, and other open space areas remain open. Activities like walking, running, hiking, and bike riding are very much encouraged. Park visitors are reminded that even when outdoors, social distancing – staying 6 feet apart from others – should be practiced.