SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - This past week, October 18th to the 24th, 24 South Brunswick residents tested positive for COVID-19, this is the largest spike of newly confirmed cases for the township in a week’s time since the beginning of May. The Office of Emergency Management also confirmed six previously unreported cases, bringing the total number of Coronavirus cases in South Brunswick Township to 607.

            Much like previous weeks with double digit spikes, the OEM claims that this is due to the virus spreading within an individual household and not the general public. The OEM has also accredited spikes to college students who may have contracted the virus while dorming on campus. All Coronavirus cases are accredited to an individual’s home address regardless if they live at school, according to the OEM.

            The new cases are 11 males and 13 females with an average age of 36. Six of them are under the age of 18, the OEM tracks the age of positive cases to determine if a spread is connected to a school. This week’s report does not confirm a spread in South Brunswick schools at this time.

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            Last week, the OEM confirmed another death from COVID-19 in the township. 33 South Brunswick residents have died due to the Coronavirus, 17 males and 16 females, with an average age of 76. Nearly half of the confirmed deaths are connected to Long Term Care Facilities, according to the OEM.

            Yesterday, the state confirmed 1,223 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in New Jersey to 229, 684 according to Governor Murphy. There are currently 21,783 cases of COVID-19 in Middlesex County, according to the OEM.