No new COVID-19 cases reported in South Brunswick for first time in six weeks

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK – For the first time since March 15, South Brunswick has been informed by the Middlesex County Health Department that there were no additional South Brunswick residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 on May 6.

The total number of cases in South Brunswick remains steady at 359.

“Obviously it is an important milestone after more than 50 days of residents testing positive, but it is only a first step. This battle with the virus will be an ongoing struggle for weeks and months ahead. We will have additional days where multiple people may test positive, but what we now see is a path to reduce the spread. The social distancing and face covering directives are working, and we must continue these procedures,” Police Chief Raymond Hayducka, who is also the director of the township’s Office of Emergency Management, said in a prepared statement.

South Brunswick OEM is also capturing local data form motor vehicle crashes to total number of incidents to first aid calls that shows things are headed in a positive direction, according to the statement. The number of first aid calls which had surged in the middle of March and start of April has decreased. In the past week there was a 12% decrease in first aid calls from the week prior.

“Each category we have tracked continues to show a decrease,” Hayducka said in the statement. “We would see a spike in EMS calls one week, followed by a spike in positive results the next week, but now they are both coming down.”

Township Manager Bernard P. Hvozdovic Jr. added, “We believe that the state and local numbers indicate we are headed in the right direction, but we must remain vigilant. Our greatest test is in the weeks ahead as the weather improves. We can keep up the progress we are making, but it will take everyone working together to sustain it.”