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South Brunswick Twp Police Department
Tuesday December 21st, 2021 :: 04:27 p.m. EST

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Covid Briefing - Omicron Cases Expected to Grow in Coming

COVID UPDATE - South Brunswick Impact
 
The South Brunswick Office of Emergency Management is providing an update on the latest information in reference Covid. “We want people to be prepared, not panicked,” said OEM Director Police Chief Raymond Hayducka. “We are not back in March of 2020 and starting all over again. We know more and can do more this time. We need to take reasonable precautions in the coming days to minimize the impact of the Omicron,” he added.

The CDC says Omicron already accounts for about 75 percent of new cases in the U.S., and national health officials believe cases will dramatically increase over the next month. Omicron cases may cause a large increase in people seeking treatment that it will nonetheless overwhelm hospitals. There are currently 2,034 people hospitalized in New Jersey.

Schools have seen a marked increase in cases both in South Brunswick and statewide. Yesterday, the New Jersey Department of Education released data showing in-school cases rose the week of December 12th, with 6,947 cases reported between students and staff statewide. In South Brunswick in the past week, 57 students and staff tested positive for Covid as of Tuesday morning in the South Brunswick School District.
 
EXPECTATIONS
Federal officials are bracing for U.S. infections to jump in January 2022, with numbers that could top 500,000 new cases per day. Even if only a small percentage of those people need hospital care, it will tax a health system.  Officials hope that the peak of the omicron wave will be over by early February. Health officials believe the most challenging times will be the next 5 to 6 weeks.

The increased cases will reduce the workforce. Many employees already reported worker shortages and the new variant will make things even more difficult. This may require some businesses to make decisions about reduced hours or closures until enough staff return.

We have already seen widespread cancellations of sporting events both at the national and local levels.

College and high school games are being postponed on a daily basis. The NHL has stopped the season for several days. Everyone should anticipate continued cancellations of events and be monitoring for changing schedules daily.

Link to South Brunswick School District Covid -19 Daily Dashboard - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15TzWP1o_kVtF47b0kM3gLRqEgeUFUdgOwx7cdR9g9v8/edit#gid=1537691167
 
 
WHAT YOU CAN DO -
We know more about the virus than we did before.
  1. Stay Home if You Are Sick – As Christmas approaches do not go to events or family gatherings if you are ill.  Here is the link for NJ State Covid testing information - https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing  Ridgewood Labs is conducting testing in the parking lot on Route 27 / Finnegans Lane.
  2. Maximize Protection – Get vaccinated and a booster shot. Vaccines continue to show great strength against COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths. Here is the link for NJ State Covid testing information https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine
  3. Wear Masks – While there is no State mask mandate; mask-wearing, especially indoors is the smart thing to do. If you are passing through an airport or train station this Christmas season, you are undoubtedly being exposed to someone with omicron at this point. Wearing an N95 mask indoors provides the best protection. 

“We will continue to send out the most accurate local information we receive. We anticipate challenging days, but by keeping informed we will get through it,” said Chief Hayducka. South Brunswick Office of Emergency Management will use our Nixle as well as our Twitter account @SoBrunswickPD to provide information on the Omicron spread and its impact locally.
 
 
 
 

Instructions:

Stay Home if Sick, Get Vaccinated and a Booster, Wear a Mask

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South Brunswick Twp Police Department
540 Ridge Rd
South Brunswick Township, NJ 08852

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Event:
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