NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Following in the footsteps of Rutgers, Princeton and other schools in the Garden State, Middlesex County College announced this morning it will move classes online in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The school will suspend in-person classes starting Saturday through Tuesday. Then, classes will go online from March 18-27 through Canvas, the online learning management system in use at MCC. 

During this period where classroom instruction is suspended, all college offices and services will remain open.

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On or about Wednesday, March 25, the college will post a decision to the website whether classroom instruction will resume after Friday, March 27. 

Middlesex County College is home to about 900 students at its New Brunswick satellite center on New Street. Between its main campus in Edison and its centers in New Brunswick and Perth Amboy, the school had an enrollment of more than 11,000 in 2018.

As of this morning, Gov. Phil Murphy's office said there were 23 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, including one Bergen County man who died earlier this week after being admitted to a hospital last week.

Rutgers President Robert Barchi announced Tuesday that the state university was canceling classes today and Friday and will move all course instruction online when students return from spring break on March 23.

The 16,000 students living in residence halls in New Brunswick and Piscataway, as well as the students on the Newark and Camden campuses, are instructed to leave as soon as possible and are encouraged to remain off campus until at least Friday, April 3.