Monroe officials report six new positive COVID-19 cases, mayor proclaims May as ‘Essential Worker Appreciation Month’

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MONROE – Monroe officials reported six new positive COVID-19 cases on May 5, bringing the total number of cases to 557, according to the Monroe Township Office of Emergency Management.

The new cases include three residents in long-term care facilities and three community wide. The age range of the cases are from 63 to 100. The cases include five females – a 63 year old, an 81 year old, a 95 year old, a 96 year old, and a 100 year old, and one male, a 71 year old.

Monroe has lost 66 residents to COVID-19, 50 in long-term care facilities, or 76%, and 16 community-wide.

Mayor Gerald Tamburro has proclaimed May as “Essential Worker Appreciation Month” through a proclamation.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude and recognize all essential workers who must continue to work to protect our community’s strength and well-being,” he said. “These workers in our community make me proud each and every day as they selflessly place themselves at risk for the good of all in our community and the surrounding area.”

Tamburro recognized the doctors, nurses, medical workers, essential workers, township emergency medical services, grocery store workers, pharmacists, police and firefighters, postal workers, restaurant employees, and all those who are keeping the community going.

“It is in times like these that we witness incredible acts of caring, compassion and courage as these workers exercise meticulous discipline to keep themselves, their families and those they serve as safe as possible,” he said. “We could not get through this without all of you and we are truly grateful for your service.”

Antibody testing is now available along with COVID-19 testing at MyInstaDoc, 298 Applegarth Road. Currently, the antibody testing is offered to health care workers, first responders and public servants who are symptom-free for a period of no less than 14 days.

The service is also offered to symptom-free family members of those who were infected with COVID-19 and who have completed their period of quarantine. The test will assess them for subclinical infection in the past.

The COVID-19 drive-thru testing site serves pre-registered patients from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and drive-up patients from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. Pre-register at www.myinstadocmonroe.com or call 609-207-3220 to speak with a medical professional.

For more information visit www.COVID19.nj.gov.

For Middlesex County information on COVID-19 information visit discovermiddlesex.com/covid19/ or www.middlsexcountynj.gov/covid19.