MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ - In a time when good news can stand out, Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley have announced that, as of July 19, on that particular day there were no new positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County reported, keeping the total at 9,893. One day of no reported new cases does not make a trend but it is encouraging.

This good news is especially relevant as schools across the State of New Jersey are planning to reopen their classrooms safely. Many schools, such as Holmdel, are planning to spend millions on COVID-19 safety protocols. On technology, ultraviolet light (UV-C) cleans the air at such a level that it can make the school air cleaner than your own home. These are critical initiatives to ensure that parents, students and teachers are confident in their return to school in September. 

The Freeholders will be also be holding a press conference on Tuesday, July 21, to announce the kick-off of the County’s COVID-19 testing program, in coordination with the Grunin Foundation, to offer free testing in densely populated municipalities throughout Monmouth County.

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President of the Grunin Foundation, Jeremy Grunin commented to TAPinto, "This is a true public-private partnership.   Born from feedback at Senator Gopal’s LD11 Recovery Advisory Committee, Pastor Terrence Porter and others identified a pressing need for free testing.  I reached out to Freeholder Director Arnone and together we were able to make this happen.  That’s exactly how local government is supposed to work, irrespective of political party affiliation."

The Grunin Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life for all members of the community by using philanthropy to drive economic excellence at the Central Jersey Shore. One objective of the foundation's vision is everyone having access to an abundance of healthcare opportunities. In line with the Grunin Foundation's mission and vision, the partnership for free COVID-19 testing in densely populated areas, will provide access to healthcare that otherwise may not exist for many. 

The most recent breakdown of positive COVID-19 cases by municipality is as follows:

Aberdeen: 255

Allenhurst: 10

Allentown: 9

Asbury Park: 328

Atlantic Highlands: 39

Avon-by-the-Sea: 16

Belmar: 54

Bradley Beach: 64

Brielle: 74

Colts Neck: 96

Deal: 41

Eatontown: 322

Englishtown: 48

Fair Haven: 38

Farmingdale: 13

Freehold Borough: 440

Freehold Township: 735

Hazlet: 348

Highlands: 39

Holmdel: 320

Howell: 728

Interlaken: 4

Keansburg: 214

Keyport: 109

Lake Como: 19

Little Silver: 41

Loch Arbour: 1

Long Branch: 637

Manalapan: 529

Manasquan: 63

Marlboro: 531

Matawan: 223

Middletown: 785

Millstone Township: 92

Monmouth Beach: 25

Neptune City: 67

Neptune Township: 634

Ocean: 392

Oceanport: 70

Red Bank: 270

Roosevelt: 8

Rumson: 58

Sea Bright: 14

Sea Girt: 30

Shrewsbury Borough: 63

Shrewsbury Township: 12

Spring Lake: 34

Spring Lake Heights: 47

Tinton Falls: 243

Union Beach: 46

Upper Freehold: 67

Wall: 460

West Long Branch: 79

Unknown: 9