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NEW JERSEY - Lakewood Township appears to be on the brink. They are about to hit a high water mark of 1000 COVID-19 cases in New Jersey.

As of 4/8/20 at 12:00PM, the Ocean County Department of Health lists the top three communities in Ocean County with the highest numbers of COVID-19 positive cases as Lakewood - 936, Toms River, 458 and Brick - 363. These numbers bring tragedy and tragic consequences. They also bring aid.

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A lot of it.

Lakewood has approximately 100,000 residents and apparently needs all the help it can get right now. It is coming in the form of federal funds to a number of community health centers.

According to Congressman Chris Smith, Ocean Health Initiatives will receive $1.18 million. Also, the Lakewood Resource and Referral Center will receive $1.28 million. 

The funding was included in the CARES Act, a $2 trillion stimulus bill.

"Helping community health centers, which are at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak across America, must be a top priority." stated Smith

In addition to $2.46 Million in aid to the health centers in Lakewood, an additional $835,784 will be released by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant 'COVID-19 Recovery' Plan.

Based on the above, about $3.3 Million is going to one town, Lakewood, to assist in their efforts to fight nearly 1000 cases in Ocean County.

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