Woodbridge new COVID-19 cases fluctuate, township hopes to raise $100,000 for food banks

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NxtUp94 Committee member Joe Davis offloads donated food from one of the trucks to NxtUp94 Committee member Nicholas Alasandro as they help carry food upstairs to store in the food pantry on April 29. 

WOODBRIDGE – Woodbridge officials reported 11 new positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in the township to 1,497, according to Mayor John McCormac in his daily report on May 16.

“If you would have said on April 16 when we had 41 cases that in a month we would be down to 11 we all would have been thrilled,” he said. “But we had five, eight and five in the last three days and it would have been great to stay in single digits today, but overall our recent history has been much better compared to even a week ago so for that we are all grateful.”

The total positive COVID-19 cases at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility is 48. The township is reporting statistics from the nursing home separately.

The residents at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home devastated by COVID-19 were initially counted in the township’s statistics before residents were moved to another facility out of town on March 25. On April 16, residents started moving back home after a massive cleaning effort. On May 4, the last resident has moved back to the facility.

The township has lost 64 residents to COVID-19.

McCormac, in his report, recognized RSI Bank and Sewa4Community for their donations to We Feed Woodbridge, $10,000 and $2,500, respectively. We Feed Woodbridge, which distributes funds and donations to the 11 food banks in the township, has raised more than $85,000 with the goal of reaching $100,000.

Donations can be made by check payable to We Feed Woodbridge and sent to the township Health Center at 2 George Frederick Plaza or Town Hall at 1 Main Street, both Woodbridge, NJ 07095.

With Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement of more businesses able to open up for curbside pickup, the township wants to generate a list of all businesses in town with the option. To be on the list call 732-726-6261 or email [email protected].

Summerfest 2020 has been moved from June 6 to Sept. 5 in Merrill Park, Iselin. McCormac said they hope to have a ceremony during the festival to recognize the residents who passed from COVID-19 and bring together family and loved ones to celebrate their lives as well as to celebrate hero first responders and health care professionals who put their lives on the line to protect and save others.

The township’s annual fireworks display has been moved from July 2 to Sept. 6 in Alvin P. Williams Park in Sewaren.

As of now, the township expects to hold its complete summer concert series. Some locations might move around to larger venues to allow for proper social distancing.

The soup kitchen at Trinity Episcopal Church, 650 Rahway Ave., in Woodbridge is open again from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday for a hot lunch to go.

Keep Middlesex Moving, a non-profit transportation management association, challenges people to ride their bike during the month of May and they will donate food to the We Feed Woodbridge food banks. For more information visit the township’s website or www.kmm.org.

The township has extended the grace period for the May 1 property tax bills from May 10 to May 31.

A list of local religious services for the weekend is on the township website and the mayor’s Facebook page.

The mayor continues to urge social distancing at parks. Playground equipment is off limits and organized games or practices are not allowed. He also urges neighbors to check on people who live alone and cannot leave their homes and to continue to follow the rules and guidelines for social distancing, good personal hygiene, proper disposal of trash and avoiding non-essential travel. He also continues to warn residents of potential fundraising scams for COVID-19.

For more COVID-19 information, visit covid19.nj.gov. Visit www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us for local information.

For Middlesex County information visit discovermiddlesex.com/covid19/ or www.middlsexcountynj.gov/covid19.