Latest Asbury Park Coronavirus Updates: What You Need To Know

Tom Davis

ASBURY PARK —The new coronavirus outbreak in New Jersey and across the nation is having impacts in Asbury Park, including the closure of schools and many businesses.

The number of cases of the illness caused by the virus, known as COVID-19, continue to rise and additional measures and closures continue to be announced. The governor has declared a "stay-at-home order for the entire state. All non-life-sustaining businesses in New Jersey closed.

Gov. Phil Murphy has been announcing reopening dates as cases continue to declined. Read more: NJ Coronavirus Updates: Here's What You Need To Know

Here are the latest local updates from Asbury Park:

CASES:

  • Asbury Park had 189 cases as of Sunday, May 17, according to the Monmouth County Health Department.
  • Asbury Park had one of its biggest increases in coronavirus cases in a two-day span from April 3 through 5th. Read more: 12 Positive Coronavirus Tests In Asbury Park In 2 Days

SCHOOLS:

BEACHES:

PERSONAL STORIES:

GOVERNMENT:

TRIBUTES:

BUSINESSES:

HELP AND ASSISTANCE:

HOSPITALS AND TESTING:

  • Hackensack Meridian offers COVID19 testing at its nine urgent care centers in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
  • Immediate care of Marlboro is offering a drive-thru COVID19 test in the Marlboro Medical Arts site located at 479 Rt 520 in Marlboro. Testing is by appointment only at (855) 925-5467 ext 0.
  • The PNC Bank Arts Center is a regional FEMA drive-thru test location and is open for testing every other day from 8 a.m. to 4pm for up to 500 persons per day. Click here for PNC Arts Test Center info & schedule.
  • On every Saturday, the PNC Bank Arts Center site will be dedicated to symptomatic health care workers and first responders -- police, fire, and EMS -- with valid credentials only. The general public will not be able to access this site on Saturdays.
  • Central Jersey Urgent Care is testing up to 80 patients daily at Eatontown, Howell and Marlboro.

OTHER CANCELLATIONS/CLOSURES

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How It Spreads

The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.

While the best way to prevent illness is to avoid virus exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention always recommends taking preventive actions to contain the spread of viruses. This includes:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

This article originally appeared on the Asbury Park Patch