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Old Bridge new weekly COVID-19 cases increase, shredding event in municipal parking lot March 27

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OLD BRIDGE – Old Bridge officials reported 253 new positive COVID-19 cases over a seven-day period, which brings the total number of cases to 6,463, according to Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry in his coronavirus report on March 24.

The seven-day period is from March 17-23. The township has lost three more residents to COVID-19, which bring the number of residents lost to 156, 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. Township officials are continuing to advocate for a vaccination site to open in the township.

COVID-19 testing continues in the parking lot of Old Bridge High School, 4209 County Road 516. Testing administered by Synergy Medical Labs and Capital Health Laboratory. Check OLDBRIDGE.COM/COVIDTESTING for upcoming dates.

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Middlesex County will hold a paper shred event for county residents from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on March 27 in the Old Bridge Municipal parking lot, 1 Old Bridge Plaza. Limit five boxes or 100 pounds per car. For more information visit oldbridge.com/recycling or call 732-721-5600 ext. 6107.

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.

Many businesses can now be open at 50% of capacity including restaurants, recreational and amusement operations, gyms and fitness clubs, barber shops and salons and other personal care businesses. Indoor gathering limits are increased to 25 from 10 and outdoor gathering limits are increased to 50 from 25 for any events other than religious services, political events, weddings and funerals, which have already been assigned higher limits of 35% of capacity for indoors and a 150 maximum count for outdoors.

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 at Central Branch and the Laurence Harbor Branch are open.

The Central Branch at One Old Bridge Plaza has suspended browsing appointments at this time. For more information visit oldbridgelibrary.org.

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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