MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ –At a press conference on Saturday, March 21st Governor Murphy announced his executive statewide order to residents informing them to stay home. On the same day, Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley announced the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Monmouth County, has grown to 98.
The breakdown by municipality in Monmouth County is as follows:
Asbury Park: 1
Bradley Beach: 1
Colts Neck: 3
Freehold Borough: 1
Freehold Township: 20
Long Branch: 7 (1 Tinton Falls Quarantined in LB)
Monmouth Beach: 1
Red Bank: 2
Sea Girt: 1
Tinton Falls: 1
State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli confirmed at Saturday afternoon’s press conference five new deaths in the state: A Monmouth County man in his 50s, an Essex man in his 80s, a Bergen man in his 40s, a Morris woman in her 70s and a Bergen man in his 90s. She announced 442 new positive cases of COVID-19 across the state, bringing the NJ total to 1,327.
The death toll in New Jersey was at 16 on Saturday afternoon.
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.
Today, Governor Phil Murphy 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.