MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ: Today in our state coronavirus cases surged to over 4,400 with 62 deaths.  There are nearly 70,000 cases in our country.  Monmouth County officials at a press conference Wednesday, announced a collection for safety gear, hand sanitizers and antibacterial wipes that it will distribute to first responders and hospitals, fighting the war on COVID-19.

Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden spoke about Monmouth County’s healthcare workers and first responders and their desperate need of personal protective equipment which has become increasingly scarce due to the ongoing battle against COVID-19.

“Healthcare professionals and first responders remain at the forefront when battling COVID-19 and are in dire need of this personal protective equipment to continue to respond to this unprecedented demand for services,” said Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden. “We invite you to assist us by donating items from the list of personal protective equipment, in order for those on the front lines to protect themselves while protecting the public.”

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Businesses and residents can drop off any of the items listed below, at the donation site:

Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road in Middletown.

The county is collecting the following:

  • Nitrile examination gloves
  • Surgical and N95 masks
  • Protective gowns
  • Protective face shields
  • Multi-functional no-contact infrared thermometers
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Antibacterial wipes 

Items can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Anyone with questions about the donations can call 732-842-4000, extension 4312. 

With regard to the Monmouth County offices in Freehold, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone commented, “At the County, all of our employees have been instructed to practice social distancing and many are following alternative work plans. With that said, it is also important to note that the County is open and operational. While physical public access has been restricted, there are several ways for the public to access the County. Phone calls and emails are being answered and steps have been taken, such as live- streaming, to make sure that we are still reachable.”

The Freeholder Director announced that the Monmouth County Health Department hotline now has an email address. Questions can be emailed to MonmouthCOVID19@visitmonmouth.com at any time, and they will be answered during normal business hours.

The Monmouth County Health Department hotline, 732-845-2070, is open to answer general questions about COVID-19 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“We are here today to provide information, but we are also here to ask for your help,” added Freeholder Director Arnone. “We are asking for help from nurses to volunteer with the Monmouth County Health Department to do case management or help in any capacity. There is a lot of work to be done and we are asking for help from trained professionals who may be available to assist us in our efforts.”

Nurses who are willing to volunteer, can call the COVID-19 hotline at 732-845-2070 or email MonmouthCOVID19@visitmonmouth.com.

Remember: YOU ARE NOT ALONE. If you're feeling down, or you or a loved one feel unsafe, there are plenty of people who feel just the way you do and there are resources available to help you through this. You are not alone Please call or text: 
-Crisis Text Line: text “NJ” to 741741
-Family Helpline: 1-800-843-5437
-Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-572-7233
-Mental Health Hotline: 866-202-4357