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Old Bridge new COVID-19 cases continue to rise, COVID-19 testing available before Thanksgiving

OLD BRIDGE – Old Bridge officials reported 144 new positive COVID-19 cases over a seven-day period, which brings the total number of cases to 1,787 according to Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry in his coronavirus report on Nov 13.

The seven-day period is from Nov. 4-11. The township has lost one more resident to COVID-19, which brings the number of residents lost to 87 residents, according to Middlesex County.

Officials have provided updated charts of the cases, including cases in long-term care facilities and cases in each ward on the township’s website.

Henry said the township is one of five coronavirus hotspots in Middlesex County on Nov. 10. He said they are working closely with state and county officials to address the concerns.

In an effort to support and assist local businesses, the township has established a Business Advisory Committee led by the township’s Office of Economic Development, which will work directly with the township’s business community.

Indoor dining at 25% capacity began on Sept. 4. On Nov. 9, the state imposed new restrictions on all bars and restaurants to close indoor dining by 10 p.m. This does not affect outdoor dining or takeout.

Indoor limits for political or religious gatherings remains at 25% of capacity. Outdoor gatherings including sports, concerts, parades and holiday events have a maximum of 150, which is down from 500.

The township and the Old Bridge Board of Education are sponsoring a pre-Thanksgiving COVID-19 testing on three days – from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 22, fron 4-8 p.m. on Nov. 23 and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 24. The testing will be rain or shine in the Old Bridge High School parking lot, 4209 County Road 516.

The township is holding a “Day of Giving” drive-thru food drive at the Grand Marquis, 1550 U.S. 9 south, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 8.

Residents can make an appointment for appliance pickup through the township’s recycling center. The center will hold a special brush pickup on Nov. 23 by appointment only. Contact recycling@oldbridge.com or call 732-721-5600 ext. 6107 to participate.

The Old Bridge Township Animal Shelter reopened to the public by appointment only on Aug. 3. Appointment times are from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. seven days a week. Masks will be required during appointments. To make an appointment call 732-721-5600 ext. 6300.

Curbside pickup at the Old Bridge Public Library began on June 23. Public book drops are open. The Central Branch at One Old Bridge Plaza is taking 30-minute appointments for residents to browse the shelves and check out reading and audio materials from 12-4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays. Residents must fill out an appointment request form at www.oldbridgelibrary.org. Masks must be worn during appointments.

Old Bridge’s largest parks, Veterans, Geick and Mannino, and Lombardi Field Track are open daily for passive recreation from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

The township has also reopened four tennis courts at the Municipal Complex. The courts are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and players are asked to limit their court time to no more than one hour.

Three of the courts will be dedicated for tennis and the fourth will be for pickleball only. Signs will be posted on the fence indicating which courts are open and for which activity.

Two tennis courts at Carl Sandburg Middle School are also open.

The Bark dog park at Mannino Park has reopened.

The Old Bridge Township Office of Emergency Management is still looking for supplies to support township police, fire and first aid including N95 masks, surgical masks, Tyvek suits, hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes. Anyone able to donate supplies can call OEM Deputy Coordinator Mike Petschauer at 848-565-1324 or email mpetschauer@oldbridge.com.

The Old Bridge Food Bank is seeking donations. Officials said along with food items, toiletry items are also needed. Two bins are set up outside at 1 Old Bridge Plaza for non-perishable food donations for collections on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Monetary donations in the form of checks can be mailed to Old Bridge Food Bank, 1 Old Bridge Food Bank.

For more information about COVID-19 related matters in Old Bridge, visit oldbridge.com/COVID and its social media pages.

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

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