Two South Brunswick Municipal Employees Test Positive For COVID

Sarah Salvadore

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ — Two staff members from South Brunswick township have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past weeks, officials confirmed. As a result, around 45 employees have either had to quarantine or were sent for COVID testing.

“There are no employee-to-employee transmissions. We are going above and beyond to ensure everyone’s safety. We are handling them (cases) in accordance to the governor’s orders,” said Township Manager Bernard P. Hvozdovic Jr.

Officials did not disclose which department the employees worked at. Patch was alerted by a news tip which claimed the township did not inform employees about the COVID cases in their midst, a claim Hvozdovic denies.

“If we didn’t inform employees, how did they find out about the cases? This is untrue,” he said.

Hvozdovic said the township is doing all it can to ensure all staff members work in a safe environment.

“We’ve installed plexiglass barriers in offices, provided employees with protective equipment and have installed hand sanitizers all around buildings,” he said.

Across every department, employees have also been working in shifts, so if “one person comes down with COVID, the whole department isn't affected,” said Hvozdovic.

Town officials said they are concerned about the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, as COVID cases could spike due to gatherings.

“I’ve reached out to all departmental heads. Employees are being asked to work in shifts or work online as much as possible in the coming weeks. We are preparing for a spike in COVID cases,” he said.

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This article originally appeared on the South Brunswick Patch