SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - This past week, November 15th to the 21st, The Office of Emergency Management confirmed 53 new cases of COVID-19 in South Brunswick. This is the largest spike in cases in a week’s time for the township since April and the third consecutive week of rising cases. The OEM was also able to confirm 23 previously unreported cases, bringing the total number of positive cases in South Brunswick to 800.

            The new cases are 26 males and 27 females with an average age of 38. Five of the new cases are under the age of 18, according to the weekly COVID-19 report from the OEM. This is a 43% spike in cases compared to last week, the OEM expects to see higher numbers in South Brunswick in the upcoming weeks as testing becomes more frequent. The Department of Health is expecting more cases and hospitalizations through the winter.

            “All the measurements we are seeing show a steady increase in the number of new cases over the coming weeks. If you can limit your travel, stay home as much as possible, and wear a face covering whenever you are not home, it will make a difference,” said South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka in a released statement, “Remember the test results we are seeing now are people who contracted the disease up to two weeks ago, so the virus is not going to slow down in the near future unless we change our activity.”

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            Yesterday, the South Brunswick School District announced that all schools will be going completely virtual until December 14th. Superintendent Scott Feder wrote that South Brunswick schools could be closed until January 19th, 2021 if the spread of COVID-19 grows during the winter months.

            “The next two weeks will be crucial in combating the virus. The week after Thanksgiving is when residents need to be at their highest alert,” said Township Manager Bernie Hvozdovic in a released statement, “Health officials tell us that people will have contacted the virus during the Thanksgiving weekend and may not show any signs till the first weekend of December. Limit your interactions and wear face coverings to slow the spread.”

            Today, the state was able to confirm 3,592 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in New Jersey to 309,588, according to Governor Murphy. There are currently 28,263 cases of COVID-19 in Middlesex County, according to the Department of Health.