Monmouth County Updates
Free 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.
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.
New Economic Assistance Grant 'Monmouth County CARES'
July 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.
COVID-19 FREE TEST UPDATE
Freeholder 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.
View Latest data from County Health Dept.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-431-7470.
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.”
“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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
’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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
Postponed: Made in Monmouth Expo
Updated 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.
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.
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.
Monmouth County Pandemic Resource Guide
Updated April 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
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.
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.
Emergency Childcare Centers are opened for essential workers
Register at http://www.ChildCareNJ.gov/emergency
Monmouth ACTS & Office on Aging
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.
’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.
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.
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.
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.
"Take Out in Monmouth" Website Launched
April 2, 2020
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.
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.