Though COVID cases increase slightly in South Brunswick, officials say there is no cause for concern

Following three weeks of declining cases of COVID-19 within South Brunswick, there was an uptick over the past week; however, this on its own should not be cause for alarm, as slight aberrations are common and expected, according to information provided by the South Brunswick Office of Emergency Management on March 1.

The Office of Emergency Management tracks trends over a longer period, and statistics over the past month indicate that cases in South Brunswick are declining, following a spike which peaked from mid-December to mid-January, according to the statement.

And for the first week since late November, officials have received no notifications of COVID-related deaths, according to the statement.

This past week, officials were notified of 36 new cases of residents testing positive. In addition, nine cases were reported from previous weeks.

South Brunswick currently has 2,097 cases of residents who have tested positive since March 2020.

In the southern Middlesex County area, Monroe has 3,342, East Brunswick has 2,765, and North Brunswick has 3,572.

No new COVID related fatalities were reported in South Brunswick over the past week, and the total number of deaths remains at 60, according to the statement.

Statewide, 2,023 people are hospitalized due to COVID as of March 1, a 7% decrease in the number of hospitalizations from the previous week, according to the statement.

Middlesex County saw its numbers increase to 67,618 total cases.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced on March 1 that there will be expanded eligibility for the vaccine starting March 15 for Pre-K and up educators and support staff, child care workers and transportation workers.

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