Monroe has lost 85 residents to COVID-19 with county reconciliation of confirmed deaths

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MONROE – Monroe officials reported nine new positive COVID-19 cases over the weekend, bringing the total number of cases to 594, according to the Monroe Township Office of Emergency Management (OEM) on May 11.

The new cases include three residents in long-term care facilities and six community wide.

There were six new cases reported on May 9. The age range of the cases were from 24 to 92. The cases include three females – a 36 year old, a 39 year old, and a 92 year old and three males – a 24 year old and two 64 year olds.

There were three cases reported on May 10, which included a 55 year old female, a 73 year old male and an 80 year old female.

Monroe reported 18 additional residents who have lost their lives to COVID-19, bringing the total of deaths to 85, 65 in long-term care facilities and 20 community-wide.

“Over the past week, Middlesex County completed a comprehensive reconciliation of confirmed deaths in the State of New Jersey’s Communicable Diseases Database to ensure the county and state death lists were accurately aligned,” Mayor Gerald Tamburro said.

The additional deaths are reported through May 7. A further breakdown of the data reflects 76% of the deaths occurred in long-term care facilities and 24% are community wide.

“Every one of these deaths are a blow to us as a community,” the mayor said. “We sympathize with the families and mourn the loss with them. It is important that we stand together in support our friends and neighbors, during this most difficult time.”

Antibody testing is now available along with COVID-19 testing at MyInstaDoc, 298 Applegarth Road for anyone wishing to be tested. The facility will serve pre-registered COVID-19 testing patients from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Antibody blood testing will be conducted in-office by appointment.

To be considered, a patient must be free from all COVID-19 symptoms for no less than 14 days. This 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. A person does not have to be symptomatic to be tested.

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.