SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick School District will be closed for the remainder of the week. Students will be utilizing remote learning for Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13. Parents will be notified via email as to what online learning will entail for students.

The township is also closing the South Brunswick Senior Center for the next week. There will be limited senior transportation during that time frame. However, the Meals-on-Wheels program will continue.

The closures are in response to the exposure of the coronavirus of two South Brunswick residents. Currently there are two confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Middlesex County including one in East Brunswick. The two residents were exposed at a private party on February 29 by party goers who later tested positive for COVID-19. The residents are exhibiting one or more of the virus' symptoms according to a Nixle released by the South Brunswick Office of Emergency Management. They are being evaluated.

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“There has been extensive efforts over the past 24 hours to coordinate with the different agencies involved in the response to this incident," said South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka. "While we await further testing and answers the residents have self-quarantined. Our goal in the guidance we are providing is to slow any potential spread of the virus. We will continue to work to provide accurate information about what we learn.”

Hayducka also credited the South Brunswick School District for their proactive efforts.

“We have been in contact with the Superintendent on an almost hourly basis since just after midnight," Hayducak added. "The school staff was exceptional in assisting in identifying people of concern in the township."

The Princeton Health Department has confirmed that 47 people attended the February 29 party. Fourteen were from Princeton while two were from South Brunswick. Of the 16 people exposed, 11 have complained of one or more of the coronavirus symptoms and are in the process of being evaluated. All the people involved have been advised to self-quarantine.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention advises people to stay at home if they are sick and to monitor their symptoms for fever, cough and shortness of breath. Other suggestions include:
  •  Contacting a primary care physician if care is needed
  • Washing hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you cough or sneeze
  • Throw out tissues after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are used frequently
  • Stay home from work or school if you are ill

Business are being advised to be supportive of staff staying at home due to illness.

Garden State residents can visit the New Jersey Department of Health's website for up-to-date information on the novel coronavirus. The department has also set up a hotline for residents to call. The hotline number is 1-800-222-1222. Residents using out-of-state cell phone numbers are asked to call 1-800-962-1253. The hotline is not for medical advice for people who are exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus.