Monmouth County Updates

Free Covid-19 Testing in DecemberDecember COVID-19 Testing Dates:

Free COVID-19 Testing for the Monmouth County residents is being made available by the Monmouth County Health Dept. and the Grunin Foundation. 

No appointment necessary. Just come to the center during the testing times and a health professional will conduct the test. You do not need to have symptoms. The test consists of a nasal or oral swab. 

Tests will first-come, first served while supplies last. To be tested, you will fill out a lab form that includes your date of birth and your contact information. Results can take up to 7 days and will be given by phone or via online.  

Location: 

Keansburg: New Point Comfort Firehouse, 192 Carr Ave. 

  • Weds. Dec. 2, 4 to 7pm; 
  • Sat., Dec. 12: 9am to noon
  • Tuesday, Dec. 22: 4 to 7 pm.

Many more dates are available throughout the county. Please refer to this flyer. 

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Monmouth County to add COVID-19 Free Testing Site and increase number of tests at each location

UPDATE 11/19 with new location: 

HOWELL, NJ – As part of the County’s COVID-19 Free Testing Program, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced that a testing site will be added to this upcoming week’s schedule at the the Old Municipal Building, 316 Old Tavern Road in Howell.  Please find the updated press release below:, on Monday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Freeholders also announced that the number of tests administered at each site will be increased from 150 to 200 tests beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 18 in Asbury Park.

“The Board of Chosen Freeholders understands that the communities in Monmouth County require additional testing sites at this time,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “While getting tested is important, residents must also remember to practice social distancing, wear face coverings, wash their hands and stay home when they are sick.” 

“The Monmouth County Health Department and Office of Emergency Management established this free testing location in Howell so more residents have the opportunity to get tested,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley. “The Freeholders and Health Department encourage residents to fill out the testing requisition form ahead of testing in order to expedite the process at each location.” 

Residents with general questions or concerns about the COVID-19 are able to contact the Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) phone bank by calling 732-845-2070 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

When the phone bank is not operational, please visit the MCHD website at www.visitmonmouth.com/health for general information related to COVID-19. Residents can also visit the NJ 211 website for additional information at www.nj211.org/coronavirus-covid-19 or by dialing 2-1-1.

If you would like to read more Monmouth County news updates and information regarding the COVID-19 situation, go to www.visitmonmouth.com

 


new round of $10K grants for businesses

November 2, 2020

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced today they are expanding the Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant Program. Small businesses will now be allowed to apply for an additional $10,000 in grant money, for up to a total of $20,000. 

“This is grant money that we know needs to be in the pockets of our businesses to continue and drive our economy to be as successful as it once was, and hope to be,” said Freeholder Tom Arnone at a 9am press conference today. All qualified businesses can apply for this second round of funding to reimburse costs related to COVID-19. Businesses that have previously applied with receipts in excess of the initial grant ceiling of $10,000 will not need to reapply.

 “You do not need to reapply. We already have it in the system. It will automatically be generated out,” Arnone said. 

Businesses that have incurred new costs since receiving a $10,000 county grant should reapply now to submit those receipts at the Monmouth County Cares website

"For anybody else that that has not applied, again, this money is your money. This money is Monmouth County’s money and it’s going to stay in Monmouth County,” said Arnone. 

The funds come from part of the $108 million in federal stimulus money received by the county in April. 

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Freeholders provide COVID-19 updates; 

announce assistance for special needs schools, 

expansion of CARES Act grant programs

November 2, 2020

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders held a press conference today to announce the expansion of the Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant Program, assistance for special needs schools and provide COVID-19 updates.

“To date, the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Monmouth County since March is 14,500. As of Oct. 30, there are 84 hospitalized, 21 in intensive care (ICU) and 10 on ventilators in Monmouth County due to COVID-19,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “We need everyone to do their part to slow the spread by practicing social distancing and staying home when they are sick.”

The Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) has administered 3,832 tests, with 84 positive results, as part of the County’s COVID-19 Free Testing Program, which began in July. MCHD is conducting contact tracing for all residents who test positive. 

The testing site locations, dates and hours of operation are posted on the County’s website at www.visitmonmouth.com.

Freeholder Director Arnone announced that Monmouth County is allocating CARES Act funding to vocational and special needs schools.

“There are some things that cannot be taught virtually, including culinary arts, biotechnology and health care. Because of the critical need for hands-on learning, the County vocational schools have worked tirelessly to safely return students to the classroom,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “To assist them in this endeavor, the County will be allocating $500 per full time student and $250 per share time student.”

“We are also going to be allocating $500 per student to the ten special needs schools in Monmouth County in order to help enhance their education,” said Freeholder Director Arnone.  “The students and families in these schools rely heavily on structure and so the schools have had to dedicate their efforts to figure out how to bring them into the schools safely.” 

“These students have worked so hard to get where they are today and we will do everything we can to help these schools keep their students in their classrooms with their favorite teachers and peers,” added Freeholder Director Arnone.

Freeholder Director Arnone also gave updates about “The Show Must Go On in Monmouth!” and the Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant Program.  

“At our last press conference, I announced “The Show Must Go On in Monmouth!” program. I am happy to say that all performing arts organizations in Monmouth County that we know of have been contacted,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “If any performing arts company has not been contacted, please contact the Monmouth County Administrator’s office at 732-431-7384.”

“Additionally, I am excited to announce that we are expanding the Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant Program and allowing small businesses to apply for an additional $10,000—for a total of up to $20,000 in grant money,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “Any small business that has already applied and submitted expenses in excess of $20,000 does not need to do anything—your application will be reviewed and eligible expenses will be processed. If you submitted more than $10,000 but less than $20,000 and have incurred additional expenses, please submit them as soon as possible.”

“I encourage any small business that has not applied at all, to please do so as soon as possible,” said Freeholder Director Arnone.

To apply for a grant, small business owners can go to www.MonmouthCountyCares.com or call 732-375-2196, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We have now approved more than 2,100 applications and dispersed nearly $18 million,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “If you have any questions, about eligibility or how to fill out an application, the County is ready to help you.”

“The Show Must Go on In Monmouth,” COVID-19 and Election Updates

Oct. 23, 2020
FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County officials announced “The Show must go on in Monmouth,” a new initiative created to support the arts, and provided COVID-19 and Elections updates at a press conference held today.

“Throughout this pandemic, the County has done everything in our power to support our small businesses, including advocating for them to the State and created the Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant Program,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “Now, we want to do everything we can for our performing arts venues in Monmouth County.” 

Through “The Show must go on in Monmouth” initiative, the performing arts venues in Monmouth County are going to be able to submit for reimbursement related to expenses they have, or will incur, in order to safely open their doors again to patrons.

Some examples of expenses eligible for reimbursement include:

  • Masks;
  • Plexiglass;
  • Gloves;
  • Sanitizer;
  • Touchless ticket scanners;
  • Temperature screening devices;
  • Signage;
  • Contactless credit card machines and time clocks;
  • Air purifiers;
  • Disinfecting foggers; or
  • Any other measure necessary to make their establishment CDC compliant.

“The County will be reaching out directly to every one of the performing arts venues to coordinate their submissions,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “The only thing I would ask these venues to do is to make a list, if they haven’t already, of everything that they anticipate they will need—or have already bought—in order to ensure that they can safely reopen their doors and put on the show once again!”

CARES Economic Assistance 

Freeholder Director Arnone also gave an update about the Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant Program.  

“We have now approved more than 2,000 applications and dispersed more than $17 million,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “We still have nearly $3 million available, so we are urging small business owners to submit an application. The application is relatively simple and all you need is your tax return to get started.”

Small business owners can go to www.MonmouthCountyCares.com or call 732-375-2196, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Testing

Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley offered updates about the Monmouth County COVID-19 Testing Program at locations in Asbury Park, Freehold Borough, Keansburg, Long Branch, Neptune and Red Bank.

“The County has administered 3,375 tests with 70 positive results,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley. “The testing site locations, dates and hours of operation are posted on the County’s website at www.visitmonmouth.com.” 

Election

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon updated Monmouth County voters about the State-mandated General Election process and encouraged voters who have not yet received their mail-in ballot to contact the County Clerk’s Election Office as soon as possible.

“Time is running out for the County Clerk’s Office to send voters a reissued ballot by mail,” said Clerk Hanlon. “The deadline for voters to request a reissued mail-in ballot be mailed to them is Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 4:30 p.m. Voters must email ClerkOfElections@co.monmouth.nj.us with their name, address and date of birth.”

Voters are also welcome to obtain a reissued ballot in-person prior to 8 p.m. on Election Day by visiting the County Clerk’s Election Office at 300 Halls Mill Road in Freehold, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition, the County Clerk’s Election Office will have extended hours on Friday, Oct.30 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to assist voters in obtaining a mail-in ballot in-person.

“The County Clerk’s Office is working hard to ensure that every voter who is entitled to receive a mail-in ballot for this election ultimately receives their mail-in ballot,” said Clerk Hanlon.

Clerk Hanlon also announced that her office, in partnership with the Monmouth County Board of Elections and Superintendent of Elections, has launched a supplemental ballot tracking software to help Monmouth County voters know when their ballots have been received by the County Board of Elections for counting.

“Monmouth County voters can log onto monmouthcounty.ballottrax.net to track their mail-in ballot and to enable status notifications via call, email or text message,” said Clerk Hanlon. “We hope that the BallotTrax software provides clarity and transparency with the mail-in voting process and that its notification features make the process easier for voters.”

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MonmouthActsUnemployed due to COVID-19? Living paycheck to paycheck? Faced with finding affordable child care?

Choosing between groceries and your utility bills?

The Financial Recovery Initiative is a Monmouth ACTS resource designed to provide COVID-19 relief for Monmouth County residents

The Financial Recovery Initiative (FRI) educates residents about the financial programs and services available to them. FRI builds upon Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services), and its existing Financial Empowerment Hub.

FRI makes connections between government, private and nonprofit organizations, local communities and residents to create and share opportunities for financial empowerment resources.

Learn more in this brochure (PDF).

Drive-Thru Job Fair Oct. 15Drive Thru Job Fair Oct. 15

LINCROFT, NJ – The Central Jersey “Drive Thru Job Fair” is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Brookdale Community College Parking Lot 7, 765 Newman Spring Road. The Drive Thru Job Fair is a first of its kind event sponsored by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in collaboration with the County’s Workforce Development Board as well as Middlesex and Ocean Counties.

“The first-ever Drive Thru Job Fair is a unique way for jobseekers to search for employment in Monmouth County and surrounding areas,” said Freeholder Patrick Impreveduto, liaison to the Monmouth County Workforce Development Board. “This free event will benefit jobseekers and safely connect them with potential employers. Employers will not be in attendance due to the health pandemic, but the Workforce Development Board will distribute booklets to jobseekers, which will contain a compilation of flyers from potential employers in the region.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participating employers will not be attending in-person. Employers will submit flyers advising jobs that are available, description of the job and how to reach their company. The Workforce Development Board will organize the flyers of potential job opportunities and provide jobseekers with a uniform packet that will be distributed during the Drive Thru Job Fair. 


“In Monmouth County alone, more than 93,000 residents have filed for unemployment since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the upcoming job fair, the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Workforce Development Board have recently launched Skill Up Monmouth, which is an online training program,” said Freeholder Impreveduto. “This program is a great way for Monmouth County residents to freshen up their skills or learn new job skills. Online courses are available free to Monmouth County residents only.”

Jobseekers interested in more information should call 732-683-8850, ext. 2525 or email christine.dykeman@dol.nj.gov..

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MCPO Seal Prosecutor’s Office and county elections offices working to secure election integrity  

FREEHOLD – Representatives from the Monmouth County Election Offices and Prosecutor’s Offices will be available to assist County voters with questions or issues that may arise with voting in this year’s general election, announced Monmouth County Clerk Christine G. Hanlon and Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.  

While November 3, 2020 is Election Day, the general election will primarily be conducted by mail-in ballots due to recent state mandates.   According to the County Clerk, all active registered voters will receive a mail-in ballot for voting, per the recent state law.  There will be a reduced number of polling locations across Monmouth County, with voting machine access available to voters who certify they have a disability and require access to a machine.  On Election Day, all other voters will be offered provisional paper ballots for voting and will not be able to vote on voting machines.  

Voters with questions about the process or drop box locations, or to find answers to frequently asked questions, can visit the county elections website at www.monmouthcountyvotes.com.  Voters can also contact the County Clerk’s Office at 732-431-7790, the Superintendent of Elections at 732-431-7780 or the Board of Elections at 732-431-7802.  

The County Clerk Office, The Board of Elections office and the Superintendent of Elections office all work in tandem to effectuate an election that is secure, reliable, accessible, free and fair so that all citizens  can trust the process and the results. The County Clerk prepares and mails all of the ballots and certifies the election results.   The Board of Elections receives and counts all paper ballots, and has jurisdiction over drop boxes, polling locations and poll workers.  The Superintendent of Elections handles voter registration, voter history and all voting machines, and has an investigative unit to respond to complaints about the electoral process.  

“Our democratic system of government depends on free and fair elections and, as such, election integrity and security is important to all of us,” said Prosecutor Gramiccioni and Clerk Hanlon. “For these reasons, our offices are working together to further safeguard the electoral process.”

Representatives from each Office will be available to respond to reports of possible fraud – examples which may include: voting in someone else’s name, registering to vote in multiple locations, voting by ineligible individuals, trying to vote more than one time, or paying or intimidating individuals to vote for certain candidates.

To report any issues of voter fraud or misconduct call the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office hotline at 855-786-5878.

Freeholders provide COVID-19, Elections, CARES Act funding updates

 

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders provided updates on COVID-19, Elections and CARES Act funding at a press conference held Sept. 24.

Health Update

“I know that there has been a lot of talk about the recent uptick in COVID cases in Monmouth County and I would like to shed some light on these cases and the reasons they are occurring,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “The Monmouth County Health Department’s (MCHD) case investigations have determined the bulk of exposures are from youth athletic facilities, school sports practices and gatherings that occurred during Labor Day Weekend and almost half of the new cases are young adults between the ages of 16 and 25.”

“It is also important to note that MCHD has conducted a thorough review all the COVID-19 cases in the 29 towns they serve and no cases have been linked to restaurants or retail food establishments at this time,” added Freeholder Director Arnone.

Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley offered updates about the Monmouth County COVID-19 Testing Program at locations in Asbury Park, Freehold Borough, Keansburg, Long Branch, Neptune and Red Bank. 

“The County has administered 2,749 tests to date, 57 of those tests have come back positive,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley. “These low positivity percentages can be attributed to wearing masks, practicing social distancing and getting tested for the virus.”

The testing site locations, dates and hours of operation are posted on the County’s website at www.visitmonmouth.com.

General Election

Freeholder Director Arnone spoke about the upcoming General Election and what the County is doing in preparation.

“I want you to know that Monmouth County is doing everything in our power to make this process as efficient, accessible and secure as possible,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “In an effort to assist with the counting of ballots from the nearly 500,000 registered votes in Monmouth County, we have purchased four additional ballot scanners and the most robust and secure suite of integrated voting software solutions on the market, investing more than $230,000.

Dominion Voting Systems’ software will automatically and digitally route ballots for adjudication. This feature is a first in the industry and eliminates the manual duplicating of ballots. This also protects the ballot chain of custody and limits the handling of voter marked ballots.

“Monmouth County has also hired 60 individuals to assist the Board of Elections with opening the ballots and placing them in the scanners,” said Freeholder Director Arnone.

Freeholder Director Arnone reminded residents that 17 mail-in ballot drop boxes placed throughout the County. For location information, or if you have any questions about how to Vote By Mail or the Election, go to MonmouthCountyVotes.com.

Economic Assistance

Freeholder Director Arnone also provided an update on the distribution of grant dollars through the Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant program and its use for the Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD).

“To date, we have received more than 2,200 applications and handled more than 3,400 phone calls regarding the program. We have approved more than $13.5 million in grant dollars, which goes directly into the pockets of small business owners,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “We still have nearly $6.5 million available, so please submit your application to www.MonmouthCountyCares.com.  All you need is your tax return to get started.”

School substitutes sought

The County has also allocated $308,000 of CARES Act funding to help MCVSD enter into a contract with BAYADA, a home health care agency, to bring in school nurses into the vocational school district.

“As of today, in speaking with the administration at the Vocational School District, it is anticipated that schools will open on Monday, October 5 with a hybrid in-person model,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “The District is working diligently to resolve any remaining staffing concerns in order to open all schools and is currently accepting applications for possible vacancies throughout the District in a variety of subjects.”

All position and instructions on how to apply are posted at www.MCVSD.org or www.njschoolsjobs.comm. Individuals with 60 college credits requires for substitutes are encouraged to apply.

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County seeking employers for Central Jersey 'Drive Thru Job Fair'

Employers must register to participate by Monday, Oct. 5

LINCROFT, NJ – In collaboration with Middlesex and Ocean Counties, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Workforce Development have announced the first-ever Central Jersey “Drive Thru Job Fair” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 in the Brookdale Community College, 765 Newman Spring Road. 

The Workforce Development Board is currently seeking employers to register for the event. There is no cost to participate for both employers and jobseekers.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participating employers do not attend in-person. No employers will have tables or be onsite for this job fair. Employers must submit 750 copies of a one-page flyer listing job opportunities to Monmouth County Workforce Development, 17 Christopher Way, Eatontown, by 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5. 

“Since mid-March of this year, more than 93,000 residents have filed for unemployment in Monmouth County alone due to the health pandemic,” said Freeholder Patrick Impreveduto, liaison to the Monmouth County Workforce Development Board. “The Central Jersey Drive Thru Job Fair is an innovative opportunity for employers in the region to safely seek out potential candidates to fill vacant positions. The Workforce Development Board will organize all of the job opportunities provided by the employers and create a uniform packet to be distributed to jobseekers at the Drive Thru Job Fair.”

Employers interested in participating for the Drive Thru Job Fair can register here. For more information, contact Christine Dykeman at 732-683-8850, ext. 2525 or email christine.dykeman@dol.nj.gov..

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Update on Nov. 3 General Election and Monmouth County CARES

Monmouth County officials held a press conference Sept. 9 to provide updates on the Nov. 3 General Election, the State mandated changes as well as Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant Program.

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon advised voters that major changes have been made to the Nov. 3 General Election process, due to a new State law signed by Governor Phil Murphy. For the first time in New Jersey history, the Nov. 3 General Election will be conducted primarily by mail-in ballots.

All registered and active voters will automatically receive mail-in ballots for voting in the 2020 General Election without the need to submit a vote by mail application, per the State mandate. The mail-in ballots will be sent to voters on or before Oct. 5, per State law.

In addition; only a limited number of polling places will be available for voters on Nov. 3, General Election Day, where only paper provisional ballots will be available for voting. Voters with disabilities who need an accessible mail-in ballot, should contact the County Clerk’s Election Office at 732-431-7790, or may go to their assigned 2020 polling place on General Election Day, where they will be provided with access to an ADA accessible voting device.

“Due to the State mandate, this year’s Nov. 3 Election is unprecedented,” said Clerk Hanlon. “It is the first time in New Jersey history that a General Election is being conducted primarily by mail-in ballots. I encourage voters to check our elections website at MonmouthCountyVotes.com and to download our free Monmouth County Votes Mobile App, so they can receive the latest information about the process and procedures.”

Patricia A. Bennett, Commissioner of the Monmouth County Board of Elections, highlighted the ways voters can return their mail-in ballot to the County Board of Elections for counting. Per the State mandate, voters can return their completed General Election mail-in ballots via mail, drop box, in-person to the Board of Elections Office at 300 Halls Mill Road in Freehold, or in-person at their assigned 2020 General Election polling place. 

“It is important to remember that every mail-in ballot will be counted, pursuant to State law, before the provisional ballots from Election Day are reviewed, verified and counted,” said Clerk Hanlon. “If you feel strongly about going to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 3, I encourage you to bring your completed mail-in ballot and simply drop it off. Since everyone wants timely results from this election, I encourage all voters to return their mail in ballots for counting as soon as they received them.”  

CARES Funding

Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone provided an update on Monmouth County CARES and shared that additional funds are available to small businesses in need. 

“The County has added an additional $10 million of CARES Act money, so there are still funds available,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “To date, we have received more than 2,000 applications and handled more than 2,700 phone calls regarding the program, approving just shy of $10 million in grant dollars. My fellow Freeholders and I feel that it is so important to put money directly in the pockets of our businesses during these hard times.”

To apply for Monmouth County CARES, have your tax return ready and go to www.MonmouthCountyCares.com or call 732-375-2196, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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'Mobile County Connection' Opens in Mall


Residents may make an appointment to visit The Mobile County Connection at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown, adjacent to Boscov's. It is typically open the first Thursday of the month. The county has announced it will be open on September 3, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To schedule an appointment for Passport Services, call 732-431-7324 x 7455,.
For Monmouth County, Veteran, and Gold Star Parent ID cards, call 732-431-7324 x 8740.  

For more information, visit our website at MonmouthCountyClerk.com.

County launches Stigma-Free Monmouth website

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in collaboration with the Division of Behavioral Health, is announcing the launch of the Stigma-Free Monmouth website. The Monmouth County Stigma-Free Action Committee’s initiative has been developed to help spread the message for those who suffer from behavioral health illnesses and substance use disorders.

“In 2019, New Jersey suffered from 3,021 overdose deaths with 187 occurring in Monmouth County. Since January 1 to July 31 of this year, New Jersey has had 1,834 overdose deaths and 111 in Monmouth County,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley, liaison to the Division of Behavioral Health. “This movement has been gaining momentum and the launch of the stigma-free website helps advocate awareness and education about this notable health concern.”

The Monmouth County Stigma-Free Action Committee believes that every individual deserves to be treated with respect and that everyone should be able to get help without fear. The stigma-free initiative aspires to reduce the stigmas associated with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Monmouth County and other stigma-free zones are raising awareness of the diseases and disorders to help create support for individuals to who need to pursue treatment.

“We are proud to announce that Monmouth County has taken action and have joined the stigma-free movement against mental illness and substance use disorders,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “The Monmouth County Division of Behavioral Health has launched the website Monmouth County Proud to Be Stigma-Free, which will assist residents in need of help and resources.”

“According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five Americans will be affected by mental health conditions,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Kiley. “A negative stigma towards those with this illness or substance use is toxic to the individual’s mental health. Stigmas are 100% curable. Monmouth County residents need to be kind and have empathy towards those with behavioral health illnesses and encourage them to seek treatment.”

For more information about the Stigma-Free Monmouth site or the Monmouth County Division of Behavioral Health, go to www.visitmonmouth.com. Click here to watch Freeholder Deputy Director Kiley announce the Stigma-Free Monmouth website.  

 

Skill Up MonmouthFreeholders announce first round of grants distributed, Skill Up Monmouth program

Aug. 12, 2020

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders provided updates on Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant program, the County’s COVID-19 testing program and announced the launch of Skill Up Monmouth at a press conference held today. 

“Last week we launched the Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant program and we have already gotten an incredible response. We have received more than 1,750 applications and handled close to 800 phone calls regarding the program,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “We have approved nearly $1.7 million in grant dollars—and I am really excited to report that the first round of grants are being direct deposited today!”

“We said that we wanted to get money into the pockets of our businesses and nonprofit organizations as quickly as possible and I am so proud that we were able to do it in less than eight business days,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “As I have said before, no one understands Monmouth County businesses like we do or how important it is for them to get these grant dollars immediately.”

For more information about the Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant program, go to www.monmouthcountycares.com

“Not only do we feel that it is important to fund our businesses, but we also feel it is important to do everything that we can to help create a skilled workforce,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone “We are really excited to announce Skill Up Monmouth, which is a program aimed to help our County residents to refresh their job skills or learn new ones.” 

Since the onset of COVID-19 related shutdowns in March, tens of thousands of Monmouth County residents have filed for unemployment. As a result, both the Board of Chosen Freeholders and Workforce Development Board quickly recognized the need for continuing to develop skill sets.

“To return to work during these extraordinary circumstances, job seekers and candidates will need new and better skills in order to set them apart from other applicants,” said Freeholder Pat Impreveduto, liaison to the Division of Workforce Development. “Today, I am pleased to announce the new program, Skill Up Monmouth, which offers thousands of free career training courses online, exclusively to residents of Monmouth County.” 

The majority of the courses work on smartphones, so residents can access their account at any time remotely. To get started, residents should visit sdmonmouthnj.metrixlearning.com or call the Division of Workforce Development at 732-683-8850 ext. 6011. 

Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley offered updates about the Monmouth County COVID-19 Testing Program at locations in Asbury Park, Freehold Borough, Keansburg, Long Branch, Neptune and Red Bank. 

“Fortunately, out of the nearly 1,454 tests administered during the duration of this free testing program, only 26 tests have come back positive,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley. “These low positivity percentages can be attributed to wearing masks, practicing social distancing and getting tested for the virus.”

The testing site locations, dates and hours of operation are posted on the County’s website at www.visitmonmouth.com.

Freeholder Lillian G. Burry thanked the Monmouth County Park System for all of their hard work throughout the pandemic.

“Many County departments are responding to the physical needs of our residents and doing an exceptional job. The Park System is helping those who are emotionally distressed; those who are in a state of fear, isolation or loneliness and look to the parks for relief,” said Freeholder Burry, liaison to the Park System. “We are making sure that our parks our safe, while allowing our residents and visitors to enjoy themselves and find peace and enjoyment in these uncertain times.”

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New Economic Assistance Grant 'Monmouth County CARES'

Small Business Grants: Monmouth CARESJuly 29, 2020

FREEHOLD, NJ – On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley announced Monmouth County CARES, the Coronavirus Economic Assistance Grant Program for small businesses and non profits, and provided updates on the recently launched COVID-19 free testing program at a press conference held today.

“The Freeholders have worked alongside chambers of commerce and mayors to deliver assistance to our small businesses and I am excited to announce that the Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant program will be ready to launch at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 3 at monmouthcountycares.com,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “I encourage businesses to spend the next few days reviewing their COVID-19 costs and related paperwork so that they are prepared when the application process opens on Monday.”

In order to qualify for a Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Physically located in Monmouth County since January 1, 2019 or earlier
  • Negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • $5 million or less in annual gross revenue
  • 50 or fewer fulltime equivalent (FTE) employees, including the owner, as of March 1, 2020

Nonprofit Organizations registered with the IRS nonprofit organizations registered with the IRS including local and regional chambers of commerce can also apply for this program.

It should be noted that banking, educational, governmental and medical service providers are not eligible for the grant program at this time.

Applicants should check the website for specific eligibility requirements at monmouthcountycares.com.

Before the online application process opens on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 8 a.m., please be prepared to submit information electronically through the application portal regarding the costs your business incurred due to COVID-19, such as:

  • TIN/EIN – This is your Tax Identification or Employee Identification Number
  • Legal Business Name
  • DBA – Doing Business As (if applicable)
  • Business Contact Information (contact name, organizational role, email address, phone number, and business address)
  • NAICS Code of the Business: North American Industry Classification System
  • Tax Returns: Fiscal years 2018 and 2019 (if filed)
  • Business Banking Information: routing and checking numbers
  • Itemized list of eligible costs for reimbursement
  • Funding cannot be used for reimbursements already made under other state and federal assistance programs.

“Upon receipt of the application and required documents, each application will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility on a first come, first serve basis,” said Director Arnone. “Applicants will be notified if their application is incomplete and will be given time from the incomplete notification to resubmit missing or incomplete information in order to hold their place in the submission process.”

For further information, questions or assistance, go to monmouthcountycares.com.

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COVID-19 FREE TEST UPDATE

MoCo-COVID19TestingFreeholder Deputy Director Kiley provided an update on the recently launched COVID-19 free testing program in Monmouth County.

“Since the program’s kickoff on Tuesday, July 21, more than 600 tests have been administered at various testing locations including Asbury Park, Freehold Borough, Keansburg and Long Branch. Free testing will begin in Neptune and Red Bank this Friday and Saturday respectively," said Freeholder Deputy Director Kiley. “Fortunately, out of the nearly 500 tests administered during the first week of this free testing program at the Asbury Park, Freehold Borough, Keansburg and Long Branch locations, only seven tests have come back positive.”

Deputy Director Kiley explained that these low positivity percentages can be attributed to wearing masks, practicing social distancing and getting tested for COVID-19, but warned that summer parties could cause outbreaks of positive cases.

“I understand it is a beautiful summer, but we are still in the midst of an international health pandemic. This should not be taken lightly,” said Deputy Director Kiley. “I strongly encourage all those who choose to attend these gathering to stay vigilant with the purpose of protecting vulnerable populations. If not careful, the prospect of joining in on these get-togethers may have grim, severe consequences.”

The testing site locations, dates and hours of operation are posted on the County’s website at www.visitmonmouth.com.

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View Latest data from County Health Dept.

Monmouth County COVID-19 Report

SeparatorFree COVID-19 Testing Program

July  21, 2020
Free COVID-19 testing will be available on certain dates in six densely populated municipalities throughout Monmouth County, the freeholders announced today. 

The nearest locations to Hazlet are: 

Keansburg at New Point Comfort Firehouse, 192 Carr Ave.:

  • Friday, July 24, 3 – 7 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, July 29,  9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, August 4,  3 – 7 p.m. Canceled due to Tropical Storm Isaias
  • Monday, August 10,  9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Red Bank at the Pilgrim Baptist Church, 172 Shrewsbury Ave.

  • Saturday, August 1,  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Friday, August 7,  3 – 7 p.m.
  • Thursday August 13,  3 – 7 p.m.

More testing site locations, dates and hours of operation are posted on this flyer. (PDF)

The county will use $250,000 of CARES Act funding to test Monmouth County residents. The amount was matched by the Grunin Foundation. The Grunin Foundation works with businesses and nonprofits to help provide inclusive access to arts, culture, education, healthcare and economic opportunities. “I’m confident that with the addition of these centers and the increase in testing, we will also increase the health of our community and economy,” said the foundation president, Jeremy Grunin.

“It is so important for everyone to have access to free COVID-19 testing, regardless of whether or not they have insurance. While there have been testing locations throughout the County, they are not easily accessible to all of our communities, especially those communities where people travel mainly on foot,” said Freeholder Director Arnone.

Testing sites will be located in Asbury Park, Freehold Borough, Keansburg, Neptune, Long Branch and Red Bank over the next four weeks. There will be 100 tests available per day at each location and variable message boards will be placed near the sites to notify residents if the sites run out of tests before the posted hours are over.

“Timely and accurate tracking of known and suspected cases is an essential public health tool to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley.  

Residents can walk up during open hours and a health professional will conduct the test, whether they are symptomatic or not, which consists of a nasal or oral swab. Appointments are not necessary.

All residents who are tested must provide their contact information to receive their test results. The Monmouth County Health Department will conduct contact tracing for all residents who test positive.

Monmouth ACTS Launches Financial Recovery Initiative

Task Force Members Announced

Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services) has officially launched the Financial Recovery Initiative to help support the financial needs of Monmouth County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recognizing that the financial impact of the pandemic was going to be devastating to businesses and residents throughout the County, Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone and the Division of Economic Development initiated efforts to help support businesses of all sizes affected by COVID-19. To ensure the financial needs of Monmouth County residents impacted by the virus are also being met, Freeholder Director Arnone tasked Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley with heading up the County’s financial recovery effort for residents.

“Residents have been hit hard by COVID-19 – from loss of employment and income to food insecurity and more,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Kiley, liaison to the County’s health and human services departments. “We’re also seeing a whole new group of residents who have traditionally been self sufficient but now find themselves in need of public resources, guidance and support. The Financial Recovery Initiative (FRI) is designed to help residents on their path to financial recovery – by providing clear, consistent and timely information and easy access to services and resources.”

The Financial Recovery Initiative organizes a structure at the County level to facilitate connections among government funding opportunities, local communities, families and individual residents. It maximizes the opportunity for human service, health and financial empowerment supports to complement efforts to meet the needs of individuals and families in a holistic fashion.

Although details of FRI are in development, core service areas will include: employment, entitlement benefits, financial coaching, food/nutrition and child care. It is anticipated that aspects of FRI will be underway sometime in July.

Task Force Members Announced
To ensure the Initiative effectively meets the needs of the community, Deputy Director Kiley established the FRI Task Force comprised of key Monmouth County leaders from the government and private sectors.

Kiley will serve as chair of the Task Force, which will be co-chaired by Frank Robinson and Derinzer Johnson, pastor, St. Steven’s Church, Asbury Park. Members include: Teri O’Connor, County Administrator; Joe Annecharico, Assistant to Administrator; Mary Pat Angelini, Monmouth ACTS Advisory Council (MAAC) Chair; Ginger Mulligan, MAAC Vice Chair; George Destafney, President of Central Region, OceanFirst Bank; Jeff Schwartz, Director, Monmouth County Department of Human Services; Lori-Anne McClane, Director, United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties; Larry Sternbach, Director, Workforce Development Board; Steven O’Keefe, private citizen; John Ciufo, Director of Economic Development, Monmouth County; Lorraine Scheibener, Director, Monmouth County Division of Social Services; John Brown, Director, NJ Employment Services; David Stout, President, Brookdale Community College; Donna Blaze, Director, Affordable Housing Alliance; Beatrix Oesterheld, Director, Community Affairs and Resource Center; Kathy Collins, Director, MonmouthCares; and Gwen Love, Executive Director, Lunch Break.

About Monmouth ACTS
Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Community Through Services) was launched by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2019 to carry out recommendations of a Human Services Needs Assessment. This innovative public-private partnership brings together County employees from the Department of Human Services and community/private partners on the Monmouth ACTS Advisory Council (MAAC) to enhance access to services for County residents. For more information, visit www.monmouthACTS.org.

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County to Reopen Building to Public  July 6; Gives Updates on Small Business Grants

July 1, 2020
FREEHOLD, NJ – On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley provided several updates on County operations, including the removal of public access restrictions beginning on Monday, July 6.

“We are excited to announce that we will begin allowing the public into County buildings on Monday, July 6, by appointment only,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “Face coverings and practicing social distancing will be required.”

Small business grants, financial recovery

Freeholder Director Arnone also spoke about the allocation of CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act funding to administer small business grants as well as the Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Communities Through Services) Financial Recovery Initiative and Task Force.

The funding will be utilized to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses with up to 50 employees.

“We are looking to partner with an organization that will handle the entirety of the grant process, which we expect to be an entirely online application process to efficiently handle the grant applications,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “Businesses should start to put together their receipts for expenses they have incurred because of the pandemic, including rental expenses and utility expenses. Having your paperwork prepared will give you a head start when the process begins.”

Freeholder Deputy Director Kiley applauded Freeholder Director Arnone’s efforts, outreach and support for Monmouth County’s small business community. The Deputy Director went on to explain that residents, many of whom are traditionally self-sufficient, are finding themselves in need of public resources and clear direction on how to access those resources.

“The intent of the County’s Financial Recovery Initiative is to equally meet residents’ needs in the most effective and helpful way possible,” said Deputy Director Kiley, liaison to Human Services. “The FRI brings together and builds upon the strong foundation of public and community organizations, which has already been established through Monmouth ACTS and its Financial Empowerment Hub. The initiative includes a clearinghouse, which will provide residents with access to information about the many public-private programs and benefits that are becoming available almost daily from a anchor organizations.”

Together with a key group of financial leaders through Monmouth County, Deputy Director Kiley has established the FRI Task Force, to assure a robust community outreach and communication effort to meet the needs of all residents and report to the public about progress. The Task Force will advise and support the FRI.

“The first meeting will take place this afternoon where the Task Force Work Group will present the rapid planning and implementation,” said Deputy Director Kiley. “The developmental work has already taken place thanks to the Monmouth ACTS Financial Hub and execution is expected to begin within the coming weeks.”

The Freeholders wrapped up the press conference by reminding everyone to comply with executive orders, especially practicing social distancing.

“As County buildings and businesses reopen to the public, we have to act responsibly by practicing social distancing,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “Right now, social distancing is the best defense we have against the spread of COVID-19.”

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Monmouth County Clerk’s Offices Closed to the Public

June 29, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Monmouth County Clerk’s Offices will be closed to the public through Sunday, July 5, 2020, however, the County Clerk’s Election Office will be open for walk-in services and hand deliveries.

Please click here for updated information about affected services.

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Freeholders to allocate $10 million of CARES Act 
funding to County small business community

FREEHOLD, NJ – On behalf of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone is announcing that the County will allocate $10 million from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act to supplement the Community Development Block Grant - Coronavirus (CDBG-CV).

The funding will be utilized to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses with up to 50 employees.

“While other some counties have chosen to utilize the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Monmouth County will be administering these grants directly because no one knows our small businesses like we do,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “I have been in constant contact with small business owners and chambers of commerce throughout this pandemic and will continue to work with them to assist in any way I can.”

The CDBG-CV was received through the County’s Office of Community Development in the amount of $1.59 million.

“My fellow Freeholders and I realized that the $1.59 million from the Community Development Block Grant for COVID would not provide sufficient funds to reach all small businesses in the County due to restrictions and guidelines put in place by the federal government and HUD,” said Freeholder Director Arnone, liaison to the Division of Economic Development. “The Board unanimously passed the resolution to share supplemental funds from the CARES Act to the Monmouth County small businesses and nonprofits to provide them with relief during this pandemic.”

The U.S. Department of the Treasury instituted the CARES Act to provide fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families and small businesses. The goal of this economic relief package is to preserve jobs and lessen the economic impacts of the health pandemic.

Congress provided $5 billion in CARES Act funding for the CDBG-CV, a program developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The second round of CARES Act money for CDBG-CV, amounting $1 billion, will target public health, coronavirus as well as housing and economic disruption needs. The Grant was distributed to state and local governments and the County is awaiting further direction about properly allocating funds from HUD.

“Throughout this pandemic in Monmouth County, countless residents have filed for unemployment and small businesses have shut their doors,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “These grant dollars will help support and recover our County economy as we continue to curb COVID and in the United States.”

More information on the CDBG-CV will be made available in the coming weeks on www.visitmonmouth.com.


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County’s Board of Agriculture Receives Face Mask Donation 

FREEHOLD, NJ – On behalf of the Monmouth County Board of Agriculture (MCBOA), Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Lillian G. Burry received the donation of 2,000 cloth face masks, courtesy of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) and Secretary Douglas H. Fisher, for the County’s agricultural community.

“The masks delivered today will help agricultural businesses throughout the County comply with COVID-19 guidelines implemented by the State,” said Freeholder Director Arnone, liaison to the Division of Economic Development. “I commend the NJDA for reaching out to our Board of Agriculture and would like to thank Secretary Fisher and his staff for assisting the County’s large community of growers.”

NJDA, in partnership with the New Jersey Agricultural Society and the New Jersey Farm Bureau, secured cloth face masks from the State’s Office of Emergency Management to be used for agricultural purposes. Since the onset of the health pandemic, MCBOA and the Grown in Monmouth team have been working with the NJDA and its partners to acquire the 2,000 masks.

“Monmouth County has a rich agricultural history and continues to be at the forefront of the industry in New Jersey, even during these challenging times,” said Freeholder Burry, liaison to the MCBOA. “I am grateful for NJDA’s support of County growers, who continue to make adjustments in accordance with State guidelines.”

Monmouth County growers who are interested in obtaining cloth face masks, can contact the Grown in Monmouth team at econdev@co.monmouth.nj.us or 732-431-7470.

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Freeholders Update, June 15

June 15 opening
All Monmouth County employees will be back in the office on June 15, but public access will continue to be restricted until further notice.

“We are looking forward to having all of our County employees back in the office and can assure our employees that safety precautions have been placed in every department to ensure social distancing,” said Freeholder Director Arnone said June 11. “Public access to County buildings is still restricted because we feel it is important to get all of our employees back first and settled before reopening our doors to the public.”

Financial Hub

“We have 75,327 individuals in Monmouth County who have filed for unemployment since March 21st,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Kiley, liaison to the County’s Department of Human Services. “Through the (Monmouth ACTS) Financial Hub, we are focusing on assisting them with job training, resources, child care and financial coaching to help our residents get back to work and financial health as soon as possible.” 

Anticipiated grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the amount of $1.5 million from the Community Development Block Grant and $2.5 million from the Emergency Service Grant to be awarded to Monmouth County via the Office of Community Development.

“We are currently waiting for direction from HUD about how these awarded grant funds can be distributed and who is eligible to receive this assistance in Monmouth County,” said  Kiley. “As of right now, we know that these grants are designated to assist vulnerable populations who have been impacted by the pandemic.”

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County Officials Provide Update on COVID-19, July 7 Primary Election

May 28, 2020

Concern for Businesses

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County officials held a press conference today to provide updates on COVID-19 in Monmouth County, the July 7, 2020 Primary Election and County operations.

Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone praised Shore mayors for their successful preparation ahead of Memorial Day Weekend, but voiced his concerns about numerous small businesses missing out on critical revenue due to State restrictions.

“My weekly phone calls with Monmouth County local chambers have encouraged the exchange of ideas and assistance with member businesses as we continue to plan for when the State lifts restrictions,” said Freeholder Director Arnone, liaison to the Division of Economic Development and Monmouth County Tourism. “Year-round and seasonal businesses are suffering and require much needed summer revenue to continue their operations. It’s my hope the State will reopen businesses as soon as possible and when they do, permit businesses to open at capacities that allow them to make the necessary revenue to pay their bills and employees.”

Election Update

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon discussed the effects of the health pandemic on the July 7, 2020 Primary Election, including vote-by-mail and limited in-person polling.

“Per the Governor’s Executive Order, the July 7 Primary Election will now be conducted primarily via vote-by-mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Clerk Hanlon. “All active registered Republican and Democrat voters will automatically receive mail-in ballots for voting in the 2020 Primary Election, while all registered unaffiliated voters will receive mail-in ballot applications so that they can apply to receive mail-in ballots to vote in the 2020 Primary Election. 

“The Executive Order also provides for some regional polling centers to be open on Election Day for voters to vote by way of paper provisional ballots and to accommodate disabled voters,” said Clerk Hanlon. “We will continue to update our Elections website at MonmouthCountyVotes.com as more information becomes available. I encourage Monmouth County residents to call our Elections Office at 732-431-7790 with any questions.”

Monmouth ACTS

Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley spoke about Monmouth ACTS (Assisting Communities Through Services) and the continued support the public-private partnership offers residents.

“The Monmouth ACTS group continues to work diligently to create solutions for residents such as the resource guide to find basic essentials, child care options and a program to support the financial health of our residents,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Kiley, liaison to Human Services.

County Employees To Return June 15

Freeholder Director Arnone announced that Monmouth County employees will return to the office on June 15 and confirmed that safety precautions have been placed in every County office to ensure social distancing.

 “Even though County employees will start to return to the office on June 15, unfortunately we cannot welcome the public back to these buildings at this time,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “The Board of Chosen Freeholders believes the safety of County’s workforce is top priority on our road to recovery. This summer will look different, but I still encourage people to visit Monmouth County. Our park system, golf courses beautiful beaches and outdoor historical sites are open for residents and visitors to safely enjoy.” 

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’Know Before You Go’  Beach Town Guide

May 19, 2020
The county has posted a guide to beach badge and parking information in coastal Monmouth towns. They urge beach goers to familiarize themselves with local rules before heading out.

Building Restrictions Continue Until May 31

Updated May 14
The Freeholders said all public access restrictions to County buildings and programs have been extended through Sunday, May 31. This includes all Monmouth County Library branches and the Monmouth County Park System buildings.


County Summer Parks and Programs Guide

Updated May 6
Due to the continued uncertainty about access to park buildings and other social distancing restrictions, registration for the Summer Parks & Programs Guide has been postponed until Wednesday, June 3.

County, State Parks To Reopen May 2

State parks and golf courses in New Jersey may reopen Saturday morning with restrictions after weeks of being closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday he’s signing an executive order that will take effect at sunrise Saturday. Visitors must continue to practice social distancing, including a “strong recommendation” to wear face coverings and stay local. Murphy said he reserves the right to reverse his decision if visitors don’t comply.

Restrictions include capping parking at 50 percent capacity, closure of playgrounds and pavilions and no organized sports. Social distancing will be enforced. 

Counselors Available

Updated April 29
The County’s Division of Behavioral Health and the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Monmouth County have partnered and enlisted the services of more than 60 volunteer, licensed counselors to provide behavioral health support to residents in need. 

The County COVID-19 hotline will serve as the point of contact and provide initial support. Callers in need of continued support would then be connected to the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County.

Residents will be provided up to six telephone support sessions. If additional behavioral health services are needed beyond the six calls, the person would then be connected to a behavioral health agency for continued care.

Currently, there are two bilingual therapists and recruitment for volunteers is ongoing.

“There is a plan for targeted outreach to long-term care facilities as there may be a potential need for behavioral health support due to increased isolation in these facilities,” added Freeholder Deputy Director Sue Kiley. “Residents, who are experiencing feelings of uncertainty, fear or worry related to COVID-19 should call 732-845-2070 for support.”

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County Extends Public Access Restrictions Through May 15 

Updated April 27
Public access restrictions to County buildings and programs have been extended through Friday, May 15. This includes all Monmouth County Library branches and the Monmouth County Park System buildings.

“I want to reiterate that I do not support the indefinite closure of all county parks in New Jersey,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholds understands how important these parks and open spaces are for our residents’ mental health and wellness and we are going to be increasing our efforts to open the parks and golf courses.”

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County Receives $108M in Federal Stimulus 

Updated April 27
Monmouth County announced it has received nearly $108 million in federal stimulus money.

 The $107,974,955.70 comes as part of the CARES Act, the $2.2 trillion stimulus package signed into law last month. It can be used to offset the unexpected expenditures related to COVID-19 from March 1, 2020 through Dec. 30, 2020.

At a press conference on April 27, Arnone said the county is in the process  of working with the eight other counties, who were given federal stimulus money. The freeholders will come up with guidelines and protocols for the stimulus money. "We will be developing timelines and guidance for the municipalities to submit for reimbursement,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “County Administrator Teri O’Connor and I will be in contact with the administrators and mayors of each town to communicate these guidelines and protocols.”

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Passport service disruptions

Updated April 21
The Monmouth County Clerk said the U.S. Department of State has advised that they have limited their passport operations to further mitigate the spread of #COVID19. Applicants should anticipate significant delays with regard to expedited and routine passport services For more information, visit the Travel.State.Gov website.

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Postponed: Made in Monmouth Expo 

Made In Monmouth Spring 2020 Directory CoverUpdated April 21
The Made in Monmouth Event at Monmouth University that was originally scheduled to be held on April 18 has been postponed due to coronavirus. The event may be rescheduled for the fall. Meanwhile, you can browse the vendors and support local business in the Made in Monmouth Spring Shopping Directory.

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List of Open Garden and Nursery Centers 

Updated April 20
It started with restaurants that remained open with limited access to serve customers during the pandemic, and it has since expanded to include wineries and breweries. Now the county’s Economic Development division’s Takeout in Monmouth list has been expanded to include nurseries and gardening centers. See the Takeout in Monmouth - Garden Centers and Nurseries list. 

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Executive Order Violation Reporting Form

Updated April 20
The Monmouth County Health Dept. advises: If you believe an employer, organization, or entity is violating any Executive Order, please complete this form.

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Monmouth County Pandemic Resource Guide

Updated ApriLink to Pandemic Resource Guidel 16
The Monmouth County Dept. of Human Services has published a COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide that will be updated regularly. It includes: 

Food pantries listed by municipality and countywide services, designated senior store hours, food delivery service

Pharmacies listed by municipality offering delivery and curbside service

Crisis Counseling, Behavioral Health Services, Health Department and Poison Control Information

Caregiver Support

Disability Services

Hotlines for Emotional Support and COVID-19 related information, including NJ Poison Control hotline

Veteran’s Self Care, Support and Benefits

First Responder’s Support Network

Financial Assistance including Housing, Mortgage, FEMA, SBA and Local Resources

Access the guide at this link.

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Cancelations

The following events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak

  • 4/9/20: Historical Commission cancels the April 27, 2020 meeting
  • 4/9/20: Recycling Office has cancelled the Backyard Composting Workshop on May 2. 
  • 4/6/20: Recycling Office has cancelled the paper shredding events on April 18 and 25 and May 16, 2020.
  • 4/3/20: The 2020 Weekend in Old Monmouth (first weekend in May) is canceled.
  • 3/20/20: The Monmouth County Spring Job Fair for April 17, 2020 is canceled.
  • 3/17/20: Board of Elections has cancelled Poll Worker Training classes until May 4, 2020.    
  • 3/16/20: Monmouth County Tax Board appeals are postponed.  
  • 3/16/20: Made in Monmouth event is postponed.
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Emergency Childcare Centers are opened for essential workers

April 8
Register at http://www.ChildCareNJ.gov/emergency

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Monmouth ACTS & Office on Aging

April 9
Deputy Freeholder Director Sue Kiley gave an update April 9 on efforts by Monmouth ACTS, a new initiative that partners the county health department with county nonprofits. 

  • In response to a rising number of people under stress, 45 licensed mental health professionals have volunteered to help take calls for a mental health organization. 
  • The Office on Aging, through partners like Interfaith Neighbors, is feeding 500 seniors who are isolated in their homes and unable to get food. Also, volunteers from local organizations are also doing "comfort calls" to seniors and building an emergency contact database to help them in the future. 
  • A community resource guide is in the works for towns, providers and residents to know exactly where to go for help for things for food and medication delivery. The guide will be posted on the Monmouth Acts website. 
  • Childcare for essential workers is listed on the MonmouthACTS site for first responders.

People with symptoms should call a healthcare provider before going to a test site. Test results are averaging 4-6 days and results are provided by the testing site or your health provider. Stay informed by the CDC at or the state and county department of health. 

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 ’Take Out in Monmouth’ List Adds Breweries, Wineries

April 9, 2020
After launching last week, the "Take Out in Monmouth" list now lists 750 businesses and is growing. Every week new business categories will be added. This week, breweries and wineries will be added, announced Freeholder Director Arnone Thursday. 

Monmouth County municipalities, local chambers as well as the County Divisions of Economic Development and Tourism continue to research and identify all food grocers, breweries, wineries and restaurants that are open. 

To list your business or request a change in listing, email TakeOutInMonmouth@visitmonmouth.com. 

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County Parks Closed

April 7, 2020
All Monmouth County parks will be closed, effective April 8, following an Executive Order signed today by Gov. Phil Murphy. 

“It is very unfortunate that the state and county parks had to be closed because of the lack of social distancing that has been taking place,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “We cannot stress enough that social distancing is the only tool we have to fight COVID-19. We need everyone to do their part to flatten the curve by staying at least six feet away from each other and staying home when feeling sick.”

 All public shall be restricted from parks and golf courses. Park and golf course entrances and parking lots will be gated or barricaded and visitors who gain park access by foot or bike shall be directed to leave, as the parks will still be patrolled. Marina services are suspended but owners shall be provided access to their boats.

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Donation Site Closed

April 5, 2020
The Monmouth County Donation Site at Thompson Park has closed and is no longer accepting donations.

“We are thankful to the 24 donors who have visited the site and provided much needed supplies which are being distributed to first responders, healthcare workers and other essential workforce employees,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “The Donation Center was operational for 10 days and 2,294 masks, 89,900 gloves, 408 gowns/protective suits along with numerous bottles of hand sanitizer were received. We are extremely grateful to all the donors.”

Anyone who still wishes to donate can contact the County Office of Emergency Management at 732-431-7400.

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County Health Dept. Conducts Contact Tracing

April 3, 2020
The Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) is working with State and Federal partners to share information and quickly provide updated guidance to our stake holders and to the public.

MCHD is conducting contact tracing even faster now, thanks to the help of our volunteer nurses. 

Contact tracing is how MCHD contacts individuals with positive test results and identifies possible exposures, that way those individuals can properly self-isolate or quarantine. Isolation and quarantine helps protect the public by preventing exposure of healthy people to others who have, or may have, the disease. MCHD staff has been reassigned to further increase capacity to conduct contact tracing.

MCHD is continuing to operate a County phone bank with the help of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and Disaster Response Crisis Counselors so we can respond to citizen’s questions and concerns. Since March 27, the phone bank has received 344 calls from the public.

MCHD is also responding to residents’ concern for our long-term care facilities. MCHD is in regular contact with these facilities and have sent them guidance on ways to enhance their infection control procedures. MCHD is also coordinating with the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management to monitor staffing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) levels of these facilities.

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"Take Out in Monmouth"  Website Launched

April 2, 2020
Take Out in Monmouth FREEHOLD, NJ – Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone held a press conference April 2 to announce “Take Out in Monmouth,” the newly-implemented initiative to assist restaurants in Monmouth County as a result of COVID-19 closures.

“Today we are announcing ‘Take Out in Monmouth,’ an initiative that will help both businesses and residents,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to both the Division of Economic Development and Division of Tourism. “To help keep our food and restaurant industry open during this time, we are preparing a comprehensive list of all food and restaurant businesses that remain open for take-out and delivery. This information will then be placed on TakeOutinMonmouth.com.”

Numerous municipalities and local chambers of commerce have already created lists that have been shared online. A Countywide list of food and restaurant businesses will soon be available online at www.TakeOutinMonmouth.com.

Freeholder Director Arnone also provided updates on COVID-19 in Monmouth County and discussed the continuation of County operations.

“We are announcing today that County operations will continue, as they are now, through April 30, meaning restricted public access to buildings and County employees practicing social distancing and some working on alternative schedules,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “The park open spaces will stay open, but that is only as long as every visitor to our parks follows social distancing guidelines and remains at least six feet away from other visitors. If these guidelines are not followed, we will have no choice but to completely close the parks.”

At the press conference, the Freeholder Director reminded County residents to go to 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to ensure that their households are counted for the 2020 United States Census. The Census count determines how New Jersey is represented in Congress and directly impacts federal funding.

The Freeholder Director also thanked the many individuals who have volunteered to help the Monmouth County Health Department during this pandemic.

“As many of you know, at last week’s press conference, we asked any available nurses to volunteer with the Monmouth County Health Department to do case management,” added Freeholder Director Arnone. “I was overwhelmed by the response we received and I just want publicly thank each of the 26 school nurses, along with every other volunteer, who have stepped up to answer the call. It is times like this that make me so proud of our Monmouth County community.”

For more information about COVID-19 news and updates, go to www.visitmonmouth.com

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Census 

April 1, 2020
The Freeholders remind residents that today, April 1, is Census Day and ask all residents to go to 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to make sure everyone in their household is counted. The Census count determines how New Jersey is represented in Congress and directly impacts federal funding.