April 23, 2020

Coronavirus Update #29

Dear Resident,

As we head toward the weekend, I want to again thank everyone for staying at home and practicing social distancing. The good news is that the state’s policies are working.  Governor Murphy today reported that the curve is flattening and the rate of spread is slowing. Below, please review important information for residents, testing data, State and Federal resources and financial and medical assistance. 

Bulk Pickup/Spring Cleanup POSTPONED - Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency restrictions, the Spring Curbside Bulk will be delayed.  The pick-up performed by a Township contractor will be rescheduled and communicated via email, posted on the website and sent via SWIFT 911 once the State of Emergency is lifted and / or distancing restrictions are relaxed. Please note that revised bulk collection dates will only be sent via official township sources, not private carting companies.   If you are not receiving Township email updates or SWIFT 911 messages from the police visit www.marlboro-nj.gov and enter your email address on the homepage.  No bulk items for collection may be placed curbside at this time. 

Marlboro Thanks Our Heroes - There is still time to send in a submission to be a part of video.  Pictures or short videos submitted by our residents will be merged together into a town-wide thank you video.  The simple instructions are posted on upcoming events on-line and HERE.  

Restaurants – Many restaurants in Marlboro are open for pickup and delivery.  Please consider ordering out once or twice a week to help ensure that our restaurants will be here for us when we are able to get back to normal.  The list is posted on line, updated often and is available HERE.  

Grocery Stores – Our grocery stores are open and working for us every day.  Please review the updated list for at-risk hours, policies and pick-up, delivery options.  Grocery Stores HERE.

Testing and Stats

NJ is the 4th highest tested state but increased testing is critical in NJ and throughout the country. 

Total State Positives: 4,427 new positives for new state total 99,989 (Cumulative data from the first positive announced March 4)
Total State Deaths: 307 additional deaths.  Total state deaths 5,368.   
Monmouth County Positive Cases: 5,272
Marlboro Positive Cases: 344

The Covid-19 Testing section on www.covid19.nj.gov has been updated to include additional testing locations as well as hours, day and requirements.   There are 86 publicly run sites across the state including those that are utilizing the Rutgers saliva test. 

COVID-19 Plasma Donation - If you were diagnosed with Covid-19 and are more than 28 days past COVID-19 symptoms you may be able to donate your plasma. Pease review the criteria and donation information HERE.

State and Federal

Unemployment Filing Assistance- The Department of Labor created a new web portal that allows New Jersey residents to contact them directly. This is a helpful tool for residents who have questions about their applications. To submit a message, residents must go to www.myunemployment.nj.gov and follow the instructions below:

COVID-19 Disinformation and Scam Resource – NJ Office of Homeland Security leads efforts to combat COVID-19 disinformation, rumors, and scams that may impact residents and businesses throughout the State.The webpage, https://www.njohsp.gov/covid19, features unclassified intelligence products on COVID-19 disinformation, details about scams and cybersecurity alerts regarding potential threats to individuals and businesses caused by the pandemic. 

Health, Mental Health, Addiction & Financial Assistance

Community Food Resources –The Mental Health Association has released a list of community food resources for those in need throughout Monmouth County.  In Marlboro Township, our good friends from the Monmouth Worship Center have a food pantry on Sundays from 1-3pm and by appointment.  They are also looking for volunteers to assist throughout the week at the pantry.  Please call 732-332-9600 and leave a message. To receive pantry food services, including delivery to Marlboro residents call (732) 332-9600. Our many thanks to Pastors Jasko and Hewes.   Additional pantry locations are linked HERE.

COVID-19 & Your Lungs –There has never been a better time to quit smoking and vaping. Free support and more HERE.

Teens, Social Distancing & Anxiety – Marlboro alliance provides helpful tips and resources to help your teens cope.  MORE.

United Way – Monmouth and Ocean County residents have free phone-based assistance. Connection with benefit eligibility, budgeting, and more.  FLYER

Mental Health and Addiction Support - Any Monmouth County resident in need of COVID-19 related emotional support can contact the Monmouth County Department of Health hotline at 732-845-2070. 

New Jersey Natural Gas - If you are experiencing financial hardship, NJNG can connect you with vital energy assistance programs to help pay your energy bills. FLYER

Monmouth County Library presents Bookmark Design Challenge for all ages.  FLYER

Prior updates remain posted on the Alerts and Actions Scroll and includes information from local, county, state and federal governments including information for unemployment benefits and business assistance.  We remind residents to visit the state Covid-19 hub at www.covid19.nj.gov .

Mayor Jon Hornik