Coronavirus Updates from Mayor Buontempo

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March 19, 2020 7:25 PM

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

Message from Mayor Buontempo:
Good evening, this is Mayor Buontempo again. I wanted to provide you with a coronavirus update.

As I communicated on Tuesday, the PNC Bank Arts Center was chosen by the State of New Jersey as a COVID-19 drive-through testing site. While this decision was made without consulting the Township, upon hearing this we immediately contacted the governor’s office. We expressed our concerns, and the need to eliminate any impact on the Township. We will ensure that access to Crawfords Corner Road, in either direction, will be limited to emergency services ONLY so that individuals will not be driving through Holmdel. The state has not officially released details on how the center will run, however we have been told to expect at most a few hundred vehicles per day and that it will be pre-registration only. To put that in perspective we have thousands of vehicles for concerts, holiday lights and daily commuters. Please know, I have serious concerns on this testing site and our police we will be closely monitoring the situation.

I am also enlisting your help in our effort to best support our residents. Please remind friends and neighbors to sign up to our Code Red system. We have made this very easy, you can simply text the word “Holmdel” to 99411. If you have already registered for Code Red you do not need to do this again.

The second thing that I ask is that you reach out, via phone, to neighbors who may be vulnerable to this virus. If they have any unmet needs, please reach out to us.

We understand that this is a difficult time for our local restaurants and so we are reaching out to each of them and collecting information with regard to their hours, menu, etc. Tomorrow we anticipate posting this information. Many restaurants will be providing a special discount for Holmdel residents. Please use this list as both a resource and a way to support businesses in our town.

Finally, I want to remind everyone to stay healthy both mentally and physically. In order to encourage this, our Recreation Department has developed some ideas to stay active both indoors and outdoors. We have posted the outdoor activities this evening and more will be forthcoming. We are doing this to help residents take a break from the stressors of constantly hearing about this virus. The health and wellbeing of our community is our number one priority.

As always, thank you for your time. If you need any other information, please contact our offices at 732-946-2820.

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