Twenty-two additional South Brunswick residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in South Brunswick to 90 as of April 8. They range in age from 24 to 90 years old; 13 are male and nine are female.
In addition, officials were informed of two additional men who have passed away from the virus. A 46-year-old man and a 60-year-old man both passed away from the coronavirus at an area hospital, according to the statement.
The Department of Health has an immediate need for people with experience as chief nursing officer or chief medical officer to help lead medical stations. Physicians and respiratory specialists as well as other medical volunteers also are urgently needed. Visit https://covid19.nj.gov/volunteer.
MyInstaDoc, 298 Applegarth Road, Monroe, will serve pre-registered patients only for COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and drive-up patients from 1–3:30 p.m. Testing will continue on April 11. Pre-register at www.myinstadocmonroe.com or call 609-207-3220 to speak with a medical professional.
Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, is more committed than ever to the health and safety of its customers. A heightened sense of uncertainty throughout the world is emboldening phone scammers who impersonate utility employees and PSE&G urges customers to know the facts and protect themselves.
“In times like these, every challenge our households face is magnified,” said Fred Daum, executive director, PSE&G Customer Operations. “The heightened anxiety we’re feeling is perfect for scammers, whose preferred tactic is to make people panic at the thought of getting their power shut off. That’s why it’s important for people to know that, during this crisis, PSE&G is not shutting off power for non-payment due to financial burdens.”
Phone scammers typically tell their potential victims that they must pay an overdue bill or face immediate shut off of electricity. PSE&G is reminding its customers that, in the interest of protecting public health, shut-offs of electric service for non-payment have been temporarily suspended.
As another reminder, PSE&G does not accept payment via prepaid gift cards, wire transfers or cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.
What to look out for:
- You receive a call from what looks like PSE&G on your caller ID.
- The caller threatens to shut off your service and demands an immediate payment by cash, pre-paid card, wire transfer or Bitcoin.
- The caller informs you that you require a new meter and demands a deposit before the installation can occur (PSE&G does not require a deposit for a new meter installation).
- You’re given a phone number to call back that, when called, may sound similar to PSE&G’s automated call system.
- The caller alerts you that, because of your good bill-paying history, you’re eligible for a bill reduction or discount but you must provide information first.
What PSE&G will and won’t discuss over the phone:
- A genuine PSE&G representative will ask to speak to the account owner.
- If that person is available, the representative will explain why they are calling and provide the account name, address and current balance.
- If the account owner is not available, the PSE&G representative will not discuss the account at all and ask that a message be left for the Customer of Record to call 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).
For more information on various payment scams in the PSE&G service area and around the country, visit www.pseg.com/scamalert.