NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios and the Board of Chosen Freeholders have declared a county-wide state of emergency in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

The declaration, which will make the County eligible for federal reimbursement for extraordinary measures, authorizes the County and its agencies to the necessary steps to contain, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak. The declaration also allows the County to procure necessary goods or services under contracts not currently available.

“The health and safety of our residents is of the utmost importance to the Board of Chosen Freeholders. While the community is impacted by this outbreak, we as a County must put the necessary measures in place to ensure the County is able to respond to this event appropriately,” said Freeholder Director Rios.