SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ- This past week, South Brunswick Township had two new cases of COVID-19, the fewest number of new cases in a one-week period since the virus was first discovered in the community on March 15th. The number of new cases per week has been steadily declining since the beginning of May. Last week, May 24th to the 30th, 2020, there were only nine new cases discovered in the community.
As of today, June 8th, 2020, there are currently 423 positive cases of COVID-19 in South Brunswick. 29 residents have died, 16 of whom were connected to long-term care facilities. According to the Middlesex County Health Department, there are currently 466 positive cases in the township.
Officials in the South Brunswick Police Department have been working to confirm proper addresses with the health department for the past few months. Recently, the department has received addresses of positive COVID-19 patients from Jamesburg, South Bound Brook, Monroe, Princeton, Plainsboro, and Cranbury.
Another factor that impacts results are those residents who have tested positive twice. The county counts two positive tests on one resident as two total cases, an official at the South Brunswick Police Department has confirmed that this double-testing has happened multiple times.
The County also counts patients who tested positive in South Brunswick regardless if they live in the township. A truck driver who was taken by the South Brunswick EMS and later tested positive for COVID-19 was added to the official number of cases in the township. According to the police department, this has happened on more than one occasion.
The official count that the township has does not affect the way the county financially assists South Brunswick in any way. Yesterday, the state was able to confirm 426 new cases. There are currently 16,198 cases in Middlesex County, according to the official New Jersey COVID-19 website.