Monroe new COVID-19 cases remain high


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MONROE – Monroe officials reported 112 new COVID-19 cases over seven-day period, which brings the total number of cases to 1,747, according to the Monroe Township Office of Emergency Management on Dec. 17.

The seven-day period was from Dec. 10-16. The new cases community-wide include a 4-year-old male, a 7-year-old female, a 10-year-old male, two 11-year-old females, a 13-year-old female, two 13-year-old males, a 14-year-old male, a 15-year-old male, a 16-year-old male, an 18-year-old male, three 19-year-old females, a 19-year-old male, two 20-year-old females, two 21-year-old females, a 22-year-old female, a 22-year-old male, a 23-year-old female, two 23-year-old males, a 24-year-old female, a 24-year-old male, a 27-year-old female, a 29-year-old female, a 31-year-old female, a 33-year-old male, a 34-year-old male, a 35-year-old female, a 36-year-old female, a 36-year-old male, four 38-year-old females, a 39-year-old female, two 40-year-old females, a 42-year-old female, a 43-year-old female, two 43-year-old males, a 44-year-old male, a 45-year-old female, a 46-year-old male, a 47-year-old female, a 48-year-old male, a 51-year-old female, two 51-year-old males, four 53-year-old males, three 54-year-old females, a 55-year-old male, two 56-year-old females, a 56-year-old male, a 58-year-old female, a 58-year-old male, a 60-year-old males, a 62-year-old female, a 62-year-old male, three 63-year-old males, a 64-year-old female, a 66-year-old female, two 67-year-old females, a 68-year-old female, a 68-year-old male, four 69-year-old females, a 69-year-old male, a 71-year-old male, three 72-year-old males, a 73-year-old female, a 74-year-old female, a 74-year-old male, two 76-year-old females, a 77-year-old female, a 79-year-old male, an 80-year-old male, an 82-year-old male, an 83-year-old female, an 83-year-old male, an 84-year-old female, two 85-year-old females, an 86-year-old male, an 87-year-old male, two 96-year-old females and a 97-year-old female.

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Two new cases were reported at long-term care facilities, which include a 34-year-old female and a 93-year-old female.

Three new cases – a 19-year-old male, a 21-year-old male and a 22-year-old male – were reported from the New Jersey Training School for Boys, which bring the total number of cases to 62.

The township has lost three more residents to COVID-19, which brings the total number of residents lost to 136, 87 in long-term care facilities and 49 community-wide.

Thirty-nine additional positive cases were reported community-wide from June through November.

The Monroe Library is temporarily closed to the public. Phones are staffed and librarians are available to answer reference questions and place books on hold. Curbside pickup service has resumed by appointment at the drive-thru window. Book drops are open at the library’s drive-thru window and senior center.

The library has a line-up of virtual programs for children and teens from introduction to Roblox Game Development to Disney Trivia in December. For more information visit or call 732-521-5000 ext. 116.

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 For more information visit 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 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 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.

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 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.

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