MONROE – Monroe officials reported 82 new COVID-19 cases over seven-day period, which brings the total number of cases to 1,301, according to the Monroe Township Office of Emergency Management on Nov. 25.
The seven-day period was from Nov. 19-25. The new cases community-wide include a nine-month old male, an 11-year-old male, a 12-year-old male, a 17-year-old female, three 17-year-old males, two 18-year-old males, three 19-year-old males, a 20-year-old male, two 22-year-old females, two 22-year-old males, a 24-year-old male, three 25-year-old females, a 27-year-old female, two 27-year-old males, a 28-year-old female, a 29-year-old female, a 31-year-old female, a 31-year-old male, a 32-year-old female, a 33-year-old female, a 36-year-old female, a 37-year-old male, a 38-year-old male, a 39-year-old female, a 40-year-old female, a 41-year-old male, a 45-year-old female, a 46-year-old female, two 47-year-old males, a 48-year-old male, a 49-year-old male, a 51-year-old female, two 52-year-old females, a 53-year-old female, two 53-year-old males, a 55-year-old male, two 57-year-old females, a 60-year-old male, a 61-year-old female, a 62-year-old female, a 62-year-old male, two 64-year-old males, a 65-year-old female, a 66-year-old female, a 66-year-old male, two 67-year-old females, a 67-year-old male, a 70-year-old male, three 71-year-old females, two 73-year-old females, a 73-year-old male, a 74-year-old male, a 75-year-old female, a 76-year-old male, three 77-year-old males, a 78-year-old male, a 79-year-old male, an 80-year-old female, an 85-year-old male, an 86-year-old female and a 91-year-old female.
A total of 57 cases are reported from the New Jersey Training School for Boys.
The township has lost one more resident to COVID-19, which brings the total number of residents lost to 130, 86 in long-term care facilities and 44 community-wide.
Twenty-one additional positive cases were reported community-wide from June through November.
Mayor Gerald Tamburro wishes all residents a happy and safe Thanksgiving. He urged residents to keep gatherings small, wear masks, social distance and use technology resources to visit with family and friends.
The township will hold a socially distanced Holiday Car Parade. Participants are asked to meet at Danny Ryan field at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 3. The parade will take off at 7 p.m. and end at the community center with a tree lighting. Free registration is required.
The Monroe 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.
The library hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will be closed Sunday.
Curbside hours will continue by appointment. Computer use limited to one hour is offered by appointment.
Designated senior library hours are from 9:30-11 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
On Sept. 8, the library’s bookmobile went back on the road making contactless deliveries. Requests, which will be limited to 10 items, must be made in advance via email at email@example.com. For more information visit www.monroetwplibrary.org or call the bookmobile office at 732-521-5000 ext. 126.
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 Monroe Township Office of Senior Services began limited outdoor programming on Sept. 15 for current senior center members only. Pre-registration for next set of classes is Oct. 29 – for outdoor door classes beginning on Nov. 2 – community pass or by phone and limit of two programs per senior center member. Limit two programs per senior center members. There will be a 50-person max capacity per program. Masks are required at all times. All programs will take place on the back patio of the senior center. Programs will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. For more information call 609-448-7140.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 township Recycling Center hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. For more information contact the township Department of Public Works (DPW) at 732-656-4575.
The DPW resumed previously scheduled bulk pick-ups and leaf collection through the end of November.
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.