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Monroe new COVID-19 cases remain low, township EMS help deliver a baby girl

Monroe Township EMTs Nicole Esposito, Supervisor Jaclyn Regina and EMT Heather Nicolas helped deliver a baby girl on May 16.

MONROE – Monroe officials reported five new positive COVID-19 cases over a two-day period, bringing the total number of cases to 656, according to the Monroe Township Office of Emergency Management on May 18.

The new cases include two residents in long-term care facilities and three community-wide. One case of a 73-year-old male was reported on May 16 and four cases were reported on May 17 – a 61-year-old male, a 65-year-old female, a 69-year-old female and a 76-year-old female.

Monroe has lost two more residents to COVID-19, which brings the total number of residents lost to 91, 68 in long-term care facilities and 23 community-wide.

There are 45 known positive COVID-19 cases from the New Jersey Training School for Boys.

Nicole Esposito, Jaclyn Regina and Heather Nicholas, members of the Monroe Township Emergency Medical Services, helped deliver a baby girl in the cab of a truck on the New Jersey Turnpike on May 16. Township officials noted the delivery in its daily report.

Upon delivering the baby girl, the mother went into distress. Both were immediately transported to St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick where they were reported in stable condition, officials said.

The township announced the cancellation of the township Recreation Summer Day Camp, July Fourth fireworks at Thompson Park, and all Senior Center group programming through July 31 in the best interest of public health and safety.

The Monroe Township Food Pantry provides assistance for residents, families in need. For more information contact Karen Theer at 609-448-7140. 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.

Donations to the food pantry can be mailed to Office of Senior Services, 12 Halsey Reed Road, Monroe Township, NJ 08831, Re: Food Pantry. Checks should be made payable to “Friends of the Senior Center” with “Food Bank” written in the memo line of the check.

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.

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