Metuchen reports seven new COVID-19 cases in eight days, borough accepting crossing guard applications

METUCHEN – With seven new COVID-19 cases in eight days, Mayor Jonathan Busch continues to urge the public to stay vigilant.

“This is serious,” he said in a social media post on Aug. 1. “If you are concerned that a gathering may be too big, leave. If you are wondering whether you should wear a mask, put it on. If you have any symptoms, get tested.”

Metuchen reported three new cases on Aug. 1 alone after three weeks with a report of just one case.

The total number of COVID-19 cases is 142 as of Aug. 1. The borough has lost three residents to the virus, according to Middlesex County, according to information provided by Middlesex County.

Outdoor dining, retail applications for expanded use of public sidewalks, public parking, public streets and private spaces are available on the borough’s website. Gov. Phil Murphy announced outdoor dining will resume on June 15.

Busch had announced on June 8 the borough, in conjunction with Hackensack Meridian Health and Boxcar, will present the Halsey Movie Drive-in at the Halsey Street parking lot this summer. Local businesses have also partnered with the endeavor offering dinner and snacks.

The next Halsey Drive-In movie is “Trolls” at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 4. For tickets visit

The Metuchen Public Library began offering contactless pickup of library materials on June 22. Library materials can only be returned via the library book drop. For more information visit

The borough is accepting applications for crossing guards and substitute crossing guards. Up to 15 hours per week with a starting rate of $15 per hour. Applications are available at or can be completed in person at the Metuchen Police Dispatch desk. Any questions, contact Police Capt. JP Therrien at 732-632-8545.

Bulk and metal pickup resumed on June 1. To accommodate as many residents as possible, the township’s Department of Public Works will limit pickups to no more than three items per home. To schedule a pickup call 732-632-8519.

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For more information regarding COVID-19, call the state’s hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

For Middlesex County information visit or