MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ: Now Monmouth County has the second-highest total of novel coronavirus cases of any county in the state. First in numbers is Bergen County. 

Two women, both Hazlet residents and members of The Golden Age Adult Day Care Program in Marlboro, ages 83 and 66, tested positive for the virus this week. Both are being treated at HMH Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel. The Golden Age Adult Day Care Program has suspended all of their services at this time and are voluntarily closed.

A 53-year-old man from Manalapan, was identified today (Thursday) as Monmouth County's fifth presumptive positive case of the coronavirus. According to reports. He is hospitalized at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold and had been exposed to a previously confirmed case. 

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Red Bank Regional High School has migrated all classes online following a  17-year-old student who has tested positive for the virus. He is the immediate family member of a 27 year old Little Silver man who after attending a conference in Boston, tested positive a few days earlier. 

“We continue to assure you that the freeholder board is actively engaged and in constant contact with the local mayors and the New Jersey legislative delegation as well as the New Jersey Governor’s Office and the New Jersey Department of Health,” Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said in a press release.  “We are committed to ensuring that the county has the necessary resources to respond and mitigate this evolving situation.”

Hackensack Meridian Health, which operates Bayshore Medical Center and several hospitals across the state, announced it would restrict visitation at its hospitals only to patients in hospice, pediatric care, ambulatory care or same day surgery, and labor and delivery units.