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Monmouth County commissioners provide update on pandemic, resources available

The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners provided an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and resources available to county residents and visitors on Aug. 5.

“Monmouth County is one of the highest vaccinated counties in the state. More than half the towns in our county have 70% or more of their population vaccinated. We are also reporting that every town in the county has at least half their population vaccinated,” Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone was quoted as saying in a press release.

“As of today, the county has administered over 84,000 vaccines since it became available and we continue to see an increase in those seeking the vaccine,” he said.

“As has been reported, Monmouth County is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases across the county. The good news is that we are not seeing a significant increase in hospitalizations or deaths related to COVID-19 at this time,” Arnone said.

“Monmouth County is a popular tourism destination with a substantial increase in residents during the summer and a significant increase in visitors to the county since the public health emergency ended.

“We are excited to have visitors come to Monmouth County for its incredible beaches and parks, and to support our business communities and we also want people to be as safe as possible,” he said.

“One of the resources available to our residents that has continued throughout the pandemic is Monmouth ACTS, our innovative public-private partnership that brings together county employees from the Department of Human Services and community leaders to find effective ways to meet today’s human services needs,” Deputy Director Sue Kiley said.

“Call our Warm Line at 732-683-8959 and a member of our financial recovery team will be on hand to assess your needs and direct you to the resources including mental health, addiction, aging, housing, childcare, transportation and more,” she said.

Information about the county’s COVID-19 testing program is available at www.visitmonmouth.com. Residents may fill out the testing requisition form ahead of testing in order to expedite the process, according to the press release.

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