Latest Berkeley Coronavirus Updates

Josh Bakan

BERKELEY, NJ — There's a lot of news to keep up with right now — locally, nationally and worldwide. Here's a recap of coronavirus updates in Berkeley.

Cases

The Ocean County Health Department has reported 466 coronavirus cases and 56 deaths in Berkeley as of Sunday afternoon. Check here for daily updates from the OCHD.

The department has reported 6,837 cases and 430 deaths in Ocean County as of Sunday afternoon.

The State has reported the following in Berkeley longterm-care facilities as of Sunday:

  • Crystal Lake Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center: 91 cases, 21 deaths
  • Tallwoods Care Center: six cases, no deaths

Testing

Ocean County drive-thru testing continues this week at Ocean County College in Toms River from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Enter the site from the Hooper Avenue entrance.

Patients must meet the following requirements to get tested:

  • You must be an Ocean County resident and have identification.
  • You must have a healthcare practitioner script.
  • You must make an online appointment at www.ochd.org.
  • You must be symptomatic.

Rite Aid on Mule Road in Toms River now offers coronavirus testing. Patients will have to swab their nostrils themselves. MORE.

Schools

Governor Phil Murphy, speaking during a Friday press conference, said he'll soon be ready to announce a decision on reopening schools amid the coronavirus outbreak. Murphy said on Saturday that he plans to hold a news conference at 12 noon on Monday, and will likely address the issue. Patch will cover it live. MORE.

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Restrictions and Updates

Berkeley Township is likely to extend its property-tax deadline until June 1. Officials will vote on the matter this week at a special Council meeting.

Although payments can be made online and by mail, there is also a secure drop box by Town Hall.

Read the note from Mayor Carmen Amato below:


  • Berkeley Township beaches remain open. Badges are on sale until May 31 and can be used at White Sands Beach on 20th to 23rd Avenues in South Seaside Park. MORE.
  • Ocean County began gradually reopening its parks and public lands Saturday. MORE.
  • We all know someone who's making a difference in this difficult time. Let's give them some of the recognition they deserve. Nominate a Berkeley hero.
  • Here's how the OCHD has tried helping longterm-care facilities manage the coronavirus. MORE.
  • Since the coronavirus outbreak began in Ocean and Monmouth counties, Fulfill has seen a 40 percent increase in the demand for food and has served more than 364,000 extra meals in the past month through its Crisis Relief Boxes program and its Restaurant Partnership Program. Finding a food pantry in your area is just a text away.
  • Murphy offered hope April 27 for some semblance of normality at the Jersey Shore this summer, beginning on Memorial Day. But he said that the "new normal" at the beach won't likely look anything like it did last summer. MORE.
  • The coronavirus could affect every corner of life on the Jersey Shore this summer. Here's what the Jersey Shore has done so far and what could happen. MORE.
  • County officials urged the public not to dispose of used gloves on the ground. Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari also asked food stores, convenience stores and other retail establishments to place additional trash cans in their parking lots. MORE.
  • Open or closed? Patch created a simple directory for local businesses. Here's how to get listed.
  • Berkeley officials banned short-term rentals through May 20. The proclamation — signed by Mayor Carmen Amato and Police Chief Karin T. DiMichele — also prohibits door-to-door solicitation and canvassing until further notice and cancels all Board of Adjustment and Planning Board meetings through May 31.

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This article originally appeared on the Berkeley Patch