Coronavirus Updates from Mayor Buontempo

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March 17, 2020 6:28 PM

The Township of Holmdel COVID-19 Update 3/17/2020

Proposed Testing Center at PNC Arts Center

Many of you may have heard reports that the PNC Bank Arts Center will become a drive-through testing site for the COVID-19 virus. While we have not received official notice the Township is working under the assumption that this site will be open and operating in the near future. It is our understanding that it will be operate under the direction of the State of New Jersey and the National Guard. We are expecting the site to run 24-hours a day. At this point it is not anticipated that this will place any demand on any local or county resources. While we will not be directly involved in this center, we will continue to communicate with both the County and the State to ensure minimal impact on Holmdel residents.

Senior Safety

The Township is deploying our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to hand deliver information to our senior citizen communities. Senior citizens who are having trouble with basic needs can contact the County Office on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services at 732-431-7450.

The Township is here for our seniors; we understand that everyone has very unique needs as the nation is in uncharted territory. Call us at Town Hall, 732-946-2820, during normal business hours (8:30am-4:30pm) and we will do everything that we possibly can to assist.

How can you help?

We have received many calls from people who are looking to help their neighbors in this difficult time, this is a testament to the strong community we have in Holmdel. We ask everyone to please check on the well-being of your senior citizen and any at-risk neighbors. We also recommend reaching out to your Neighborhood Watch Captain with any ideas that you may have.
In the last 24 hours, several food pantries and soup kitchens have closed due to a lack of volunteers and fear of the coronavirus spreading. Fulfill, formerly the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, serves 136,000 people who are still need of food. If you are able and comfortable, reach out to Fulfill to find out how you can help.

Finally, local blood banks are experiencing critically low blood and platelet numbers. If you are able to donate contact the New York Blood Center or American Red Cross.

Thank you for coming together during this national emergency.
We will be continuing to update residents as often as possible.

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