Monroe reports zero new COVID-19 cases, library is drop off site for MCFOODS, new hours begin Aug. 17

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MONROE – Monroe officials reported zero new COVID-19 cases over a three-day period, according to the Monroe Township Office of Emergency Management on Aug. 14.

The three-day period was from Aug. 11-13. There were three additional COVID-19 cases reported from May, two from long-term care facilities and one community-wide. The additional cases brings the total number of cases to 828.

One case is reported from a long-term care facility and the rest of the cases are community-wide.

The township has lost 125 residents to COVID-19, 83 in long-term care facilities and 42 community-wide.

There are 49 COVID-19 cases reported from the New Jersey Training School for Boys.

The township Department of Public Works (DPW) continues to cleanup after Tropical Storm Isaias. Residents may deposit yard debris at the curb through Aug. 14 for pick up. Yard waste may also be dropped off at the DPW yard.

The Monroe Recreation Department will present its next drive-in movie night featuring Trolls at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 at Thompson Park. People must pre-register at register.communitypass.net/monroetownship.

The Monroe Township Public Library reopened July 13. The library will offer limited “grab and go” services and will continue the convenient curbside pickup for those who prefer it. Hours for the “grab and go” visit will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Starting Aug. 17, the library will open four nights per week. Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Curbside hours will continue on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information visit www.monroetwplibrary.org.

Designated senior library hours are from 9:30-11 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The library is closed on the weekend.

The township has resumed medical transportation for seniors and people with disabilities. With retrofitted buses and social distancing in place, medical transportation is available Monday through Friday for township seniors and people with disabilities. To make a reservation call 609-443-0511 between 1-4:15 p.m. Buses are regularly cleaned and masks are required for all riders. Temperature checks will be conducted for all passengers prior to boarding the bus.

Playgrounds in the township reopened on July 10.

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.

The Monroe Township Public Library is a drop off site for MCFOODS. A collection cart has been placed in the library’s temporary entrance in the Library Meeting Room.

MCFOODS serves more than 140 local food pantries, soup kitchens and social service agencies each week.

The Monroe Township Department of Works yard is open from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 8-11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.

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.

COVID-19 testing is also available at Hackensack Meridian Urgent Care in Monroe at 215 Applegarth Road. The facility is offering antibody blood testing and COVID-19 nasal swab testing walk-in or by appointment from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekend. For more information call 732-263-7922 to schedule an appointment.

For more information visit www.COVID19.nj.gov.

For Middlesex County information on COVID-19 information visit discovermiddlesex.com/covid19/ or www.middlesexcountynj.gov/covid19.