MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ: As of March 22, there are 156 positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County, Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley have announced.

Monmouth County Sheriff, Shaun Golden in a social media post today commented, "Stay informed, prepared, and plan accordingly around the executive orders in place, social distancing, and hygiene. DO NOT let the increase in numbers lead to panic as they will continue trending up particularly with the testing center at Monmouth PNC Arts Center opening this week." (Link to Gov. Murphy's full press release at bottom of this article regarding details for PNC Bank Arts Center Major Viral Testing Center in Holmdel.) In neighboring NYC, the coronavirus has caused 99 deaths and there are now 10,764 confirmed cases confirmed in NYC. 

The breakdown of COVID-19 positive cases by municipality in Monmouth County, NJ is as follows with Freehold the highest at 28, next Manalapan at 22:

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  • Aberdeen: 6
  • Allentown: 2
  • Asbury Park: 1
  • Atlantic Highlands: 1
  • Belmar: 1
  • Bradley Beach: 1
  • Brielle: 2
  • Colts Neck: 3
  • Eatontown: 4
  • Englishtown: 1
  • Fair Haven: 1
  • Farmingdale: 1
  • Freehold Borough: 1
  • Freehold Township: 28
  • Hazlet: 8
  • Holmdel: 2
  • Howell: 8
  • Keyport: 1
  • Little Silver:3
  • Long Branch: 7 (1 Tinton Falls Quarantined in LB)
  • Manalapan: 22
  • Manasquan: 3
  • Marlboro: 9
  • Matawan: 1
  • Middletown: 7
  • Millstone: 1
  • Monmouth Beach: 1
  • Neptune: 10
  • Neptune City: 1
  • Ocean: 4 
  • Oceanport: 2
  • Red Bank: 2
  • Rumson: 1
  • Sea Girt: 1
  • Tinton Falls: 4
  • Wall: 4
  • West Long Branch: 1

The Freeholders  announced today that due to the Governor’s Executive Order, all Monmouth County golf courses have been closed. Monmouth County open park spaces remain open.

See Gov. Murphy's Press Release Below Regarding: A drive-thru Viral Testing Site is scheduled to open at PNC Arts Center, off of Exit 116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, on Monday, March 23rd from 8am-5pm. The back access roads will not be open to the PNC Bank Arts Center, all traffic will enter from the GSP. The center is slated to be open seven days a week. 

The site will be open for NJ residents who are presenting with symptoms of the virus currently, a fever 99.6 or higher, respiratory symptoms or shortness of breath.

There is no personal charge for testing. It will be covered by the federal government or personal insurance company. Anyone coming to receive testing should bring their insurance cards if you have one. If you do not meet the criteria for testing, you will be turned away. The testing site will be open daily, even on weekends.

You can take this self-assessment test<https://self.covid19.nj.gov/> to see if you qualify to receive testing at the test center.

 Governor Phil Murphy yesterday announced Executive Order No. 107, <https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/approved/20200320j.shtml> directing all residents to stay at home until further notice.

However, the order provides for exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work or engaging in outdoor activities. The order also prohibits social gatherings, mandates work from home arrangements for employees when possible, and invalidates conflicting local and county regulations.  Police across the state are prepared to enforce the Stay At Home Order.

State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan said police are prepared to issue disorderly conduct charges to those violating the Stay At Home order. And, at the urging of Attorney General Gurbir Grewel, prosecutors are prepared to prosecute cases.

“So, when the governor says we’ll take action, we’re at that point,” Callahan said. “Last week I know I talked about discretion and that being the greatest tool of law enforcement, but I think we’re beyond that now given the measures that we’ve placed.”

Executive Order 107 further directs the closure of all non-essential retail businesses to the public effective 9:00 PM. (Click HERE<https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/general-public/governor-murphy-announces-statewide-stay-at-home-order-closure-of-all-non-essential-retail-businesses> to view a list of critical business that are allowed to remain open.)

There is a new COVID-19 Information Hub available: covid19.nj.gov<https://covid19.nj.gov/>. The website has information that residents, healthcare providers, businesses and organizations, schools, and others will find helpful. The covid19.nj.gov website also has LIVE updates and announcements, as well as case counts by county. Additionally, if you would like to receive texts regarding updates and alerts as it relates to COVID-19, please text NJCOVID to 898-211.

As more information in Monmouth County becomes available, it will be shared with the public. News updates and information regarding County events and programs affected by the COVID-19 situation are posted at www.visitmonmouth.com.

CLICK HERE FOR Governor Murphy's Press Release issued today regarding full details about the PNC Bank Arts Center Major Viral Testing Location: