Old Bridge officials report 11 new positive COVID-19 cases, township will host virtual Memorial Day ceremony

SCOTT FRIEDMAN

OLD BRIDGE – Old Bridge officials reported 11 new positive COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of positive cases to 910 in the township, according to Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry in his daily report on May 14.

The township has lost two more residents to COVID-19, which brings the total number of residents lost to 49, according to Middlesex County.

Officials have provided updated charts of the cases, including cases in long-term care facilities and cases in each ward on the township’s website.

The township has canceled its annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, but will host a Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony on May 25 on its Facebook page – facebook.com/obtown.

“It is important for us to pay tribute and respect those who served our great country,” Henry said. “On this Memorial Day, we thank all of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. We thank them for their courage, bravery and dedication to protect America.”

In addition to our virtual ceremony, the township is creating a virtual tribute to all who have served. Veterans or people who like to honor a veteran are encouraged to submit a service photo with the veteran’s name, branch, rank, service years and if they served during a conflict.

For more information visit oldbridge.com/memorialday, call 732-721-5600 ext. 4010 or email lvalsera@oldbridge.com. All submissions for virtual tribute must be sent by May 20.

The grace period for second quarter tax bills have extended to June 1.

The township had opened Old Bridge’s largest parks, Veterans, Geick and Mannino, for a trial run on May 2 following Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement to reopen parks across the state on April 29.

The parks and Lombardi Field Track are open daily for passive recreation from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

The township is opening four tennis courts at the Municipal Complex starting on May 15. The courts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and players are asked to limit their court time to no more than one hour.

Three of the courts will be dedicated for tennis and the fourth will be for pickleball only. Signs will be posted on the fence indicating which courts are open and for which activity.

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 mpetschauer@oldbridge.com.

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.