Old Bridge officials report 10 new positive COVID-19 cases, township launches virtual catch game

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The Edison baseball team walks back to the dugout prior to the game against Old Bridge held at Lombardi Field complex in Old Bridge on May 9. The Eagles fell to Old Bridge by a score of 4-2.

OLD BRIDGE – Old Bridge officials reported 10 new positive COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of positive cases to 818 in the township, according to Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry in his daily report on May 6.

The township has lost 37 residents to COVID-19, according to Middlesex County.

The township has opened Old Bridge’s largest parks, Veterans, Geick and Mannino, as a trial run following Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement to reopen parks across the state on April 29. The parks are opened daily for passive recreation from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting May 2.

The township’s Department of Parks and Recreation has launched a virtual catch game. Participants can submit a video of them catching any ball or puck from the left and passing it to the right. The department will compile all of the catches and throws to create a video of one long game of catch. Participants are asked to include their address to track how far the ball is thrown. All videos must be submitted with a TV Release Form by May 18. For more information visit oldbridge.com/virtualcatch.

In addition to the state’s official website, covid19.nj.gov, residents can text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text messages and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.

To help sort out the rumors around the virus, in a joint effort by the New Jersey Regional Operations and Intelligence Center, division of the New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, and New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, a website has been established to combat rumors and disinformation regarding the virus. The COVID-19 Rumor Control and Disinformation website is njhomelandsecurity.gov/covid19.

The Old Bridge Township Office of Emergency Management is still looking for supplies to support township police, fire and first aid including N95 masks, surgical masks, Tyvek suits, hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes. Anyone able to donate supplies can call OEM Deputy Coordinator Mike Petschauer at 848-565-1324 or email [email protected].

The Old Bridge Food Bank is seeking donations. Two bins will be set up outside at 1 Old Bridge Plaza for non-perishable food donations.

For more information about COVID-19 related matters in Old Bridge, visit oldbridge.com/COVID and its social media pages.

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