Monroe officials report six new positive COVID-19 cases, food pantry is available for residents, families in need

PHOTOS COURTESY OF MONROE TOWNSHIP
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PHOTOS COURTESY OF MONROE TOWNSHIP

MONROE – Monroe officials reported six new positive COVID-19 cases on May 6, bringing the total number of cases to 563, according to the Monroe Township Office of Emergency Management.

The new cases include four residents in long-term care facilities and two community wide. The age range of the cases are from 50 to 91. The cases include five females – a 50 year old, a 69 year old, two 90 year olds, and a 91 year old, and one male, a 79 year old.

Monroe has lost 67 residents to COVID-19, 51 in long-term care facilities and 16 community-wide.

The Monroe Township Food Pantry provides assistance for residents, families in need. For more information contact Karen Theer at 609-448-7140 ext. 210. Another resource is the Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Services (MCFOODS) Directory, which directs people to an agency in their area that can provide them with emergency food assistance as well as Jewish Family Services. For more information and MCFOODS email ja@mciauth.com or call 732-729-0880 and for Jewish Family Services call 609-395-7979.

Township volunteers Joseph Giancaspro, Samantha Schween, of the Monroe Township Office of Senior Services and recruits from the Monroe Township Police Department helped make food pantry deliveries on May 6.

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.