MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ –Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley have announced that, as of March 26, there are 506 positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County.

New Jersey total COVID-19 cases today reached 6,876, with 81 deaths (19 today). Total of 2,492 positive tests came in just today in NJ, 436 of those positive cases came in from the two FEMA mass testing sites in Holmdel and Paramus. Ocean County has 389 cases with Lakewood having the highest positive cases, with 198 residents positive for COVID-19. NYC has reported 365 deaths and over 23,000 positive cases. 

Governor Phil Murphy today announced a new state website for reporting personal protective equipment (PPE). In accordance with Executive Order No. 109, any business, non-hospital health care facility, or institution of higher learning in possession of PPE, ventilators, respirators, or anesthesia machines must submit that information to the State by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27. The website created today also gives these entities the ability to donate PPE.

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“We have a critical need in New Jersey for personal protective equipment,” said Governor Murphy. “Our hospitals, health care workers, and first responders on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 can only be successful with access to these essential supplies.”

To submit information related to PPE, please visit https://covid19.nj.gov/ppereport

The Monmouth County Freeholders also remind residents that Monmouth County’s healthcare workers and first responders are in desperate need of personal protective equipment, which has become increasingly scarce due to the ongoing battle against COVID-19.

Donations of these items are being accepted at Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, in Lincroft, beginning Wednesday, March 25, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday. For additional information, or to arrange the drop-off of personal protective equipment, please call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312. The phone number is staffed every day, including weekends.

Monmouth County Health Department has opened a COVID-19 Hotline to answer general questions. The number is 732-845-2070 and it is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can also email questions to MonmouthCOVID19@visitmonmouth.com.

The chief local law enforcement officer via the County Office of Emergency Management on a daily basis details the cases and lets each town know the numbers.

“The most important message that we want to send to our residents is that everyone needs to take this public health crisis seriously and practice social distancing,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “The goal at this time is to slow the spread of the outbreak, delay the expected surge in the number of cases and give hospitals the opportunity to obtain the needed supplies to treat patients. To do this, we all have to work together.”

Guidelines from the county: 

There are actions that everyone can take to reduce further community spread. These actions include:

  • Staying home (especially if you are ill)
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with your arm
  • Cleaning frequently touched items (cabinet handles, doorknobs, remote controls, and cell phones)

“We understand the desire to be around friends and family, but we need to remember that staying away from them may be the best way to keep them safe right now,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley. “You can find ways to connect safely with friends and loved ones via phone or video conferencing platforms to reduce risk of exposure to illness.”

Below is a chart from the Monmouth County Sheriff's office that illustrates examples of when you should dial 911 vs. 211. Below is an example of possible scenarios for calling either number. This information is from Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden who stresses the importance of knowing when to dial 911 vs 211. Golden thanked the operators commenting, "A big thank you to all the unsung heroes on the other end of the line ready to help Monmouth County residents, 24/7."

If you are feeling stressed about the novel coronavirus, the NJ Department of Human Services operates a toll free “warm line” which is a resource for people seeking mental health services during events that impact the mental health of New Jersey residents. The warm line is available 24 hours and has language access: (877) 294-HELP (4357). Please note that the “warm line” does not replace 911 and is not used to report emergencies.

Other resources:

·         Mental Health Hotline: 866-202-4357NJ

·         Hopeline (Peer Support & Suicide Prevention Hotline): 1-855-654-6735

·         @NJVET@VET: 1-866-838-7654

Monmouth County news updates and information regarding the COVID-19 situation are posted at www.visitmonmouth.com.