SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - South Brunswick Township has declared a state of emergency on Friday. Mayor Charie Carley and the council made the decision following a briefing from Office of Emergency Management Director and South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka. The declaration of a state of emergency will allow the township to utilize all its municipal services to help combat the spread of the coronavirus
"This is a historic battle against a virus that will continue to spread, I want to make sure every resource is available to confront it,” said Carley.
The South Brunswick Office of Emergency Management activated their Emergency Operations Center at 7 a.m. this morning. The center will be used to track all local resources and efforts according to a statement released via Nixle.
“Similar to Hurricane Sandy we want to provide residents with the most current information," Hayducka explained. "This will not be a short term event, and we want to keep our community informed as it goes on.”
Regular briefings will be provided to residents to keep the community informed. As of March 13, the following closures are in effect:
- The South Brunswick Senior Center is closed
- The South Brunswick Public Library is closed until at least March 22. On Monday at 10 a.m. the library staff will be accessible by phone, email and online chat during the library's regular business hours.
- There will be not be passport processing at the township clerk's office. Residents can email questions to the clerk's office using the following link.
- The Affordable Housing Office is canceling and/or postponing all in-person interviews, certifications and meetings through at least March 30. Residents can contact the office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, through the township website or by telephoning 732-329-4000 extension 7219 or extension 7220. Applications can also be submitted via the Township’s website
- All South Brunswick Parks and Recreation programs are canceled at the Community Center, Senior Center and South Brunswick Schools through March 29.
According to statement, two residents have been exposed to the coronavirus. However, test results have not been returned. The exposure occurred at a private party in Princeton and one of the residents has connections to South Brunswick High School.
New Jersey currently has 50 presumptive positive cases with 21 new ones being reported today. Friday's total was the highest since the Garden State reported its first case. One death has been reported in New Jersey. New Jersey State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli did not provide specific information on the new cases reported on March 13. However, Bergen County has the highest number or presumptive positive cases with 19.