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Monroe new COVID-19 cases remain low, township will mark Memorial Day with virtual tribute

MONROE – Monroe officials reported four new positive COVID-19 case, bringing the total number of cases to 673, according to the Monroe Township Office of Emergency Management on May 22.

The new cases include two residents in a long-term care facilities and two community-wide – a 67-year-old male, an 88-year-old male, an 89-year-old female, and a 92-year-old female.

Monroe has lost an additional resident to COVID-19, which brings the total number of residents lost to 94, 70 in long-term care facilities and 24 community-wide.

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

Township officials will mark Memorial Day with virtual tribute.

“As we all know, Memorial Day weekend will be a little bit different this year,” Mayor Gerald Tamburro said. “We will miss the parades and we won’t be able to gather at memorials for a wreath laying. However, this ‘pause’ allows us to reflect on what Memorial Day means…to remember and celebrate the sacrifice of the Americans who, through many generations, have worked to preserve the very freedoms we enjoy. ”

Tamburro said as a veteran, he couldn’t be prouder to lead a community blessed with so many veterans and their families, who have served in conflicts from World War II to the present-day War on Terror.

“Our nation and indeed, our community have come through many tough times, together. And we will do so again, he said. “So, I ask that this weekend, you take a moment to reflect on their sacrifice and service. Please share with your children the importance of why we honor, remember and celebrate Memorial Day.”

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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