MANASQUAN —The new coronavirus outbreak in New Jersey and across the nation is having impacts in Manasquan, 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
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 Manasquan:
- Manasquan had 31 cases as of Sunday, May 17, according to the Monmouth County Health Department.
- Manasquan schools say they plan to hold virtual graduations this year now that Gov. Phil Murphy has prohibited live ceremonies for the time being. Read more: Manasquan To Hold Virtual Graduations
- All schools in Manasquan will remain closed through the academic year. Read more: New Jersey Schools Closed For Rest Of Academic Year: Gov. Murphy
HELP AND ASSISTANCE:
- Manasquan has launched a relief initiative to provide support to those in distress. The Manasquan Borough mayor and council say they recognize the unprecedented health-related and financial hardships that many residents are experiencing as a result of this insidious pandemic. Read more: Manasquan Launches '5 Star COVID-19 Initiative'
- Manasquan has a "phased" beach reopening plan that will begin on Memorial Day weekend. Read more: Manasquan Introduces Beach Reopening Plan
- The Osprey Nightclub has decided that it won't even dare to give summer a try this year. Read more: The Osprey In Manasquan Closes For Summer Due To Coronavirus
- A Manasquan restaurant is seeking to reassure the public as it deals with the coronavirus. Read more: 'We will beat this:' Manasquan Restaurant Seeks To Reassure
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.
- Manasquan officials say they're opening parks in accordance with Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 133. Manasquan were expected to open several parks on Saturday, May 2nd. Read more: Manasquan To Open Up Several Parks
- Manasquan has declared a state of emergency because of the coronavirus outbreak. Read more: Manasquan Declares State Of Emergency
- Murphy issued a state-at-home order and closed non-essential businesses earlier in March. Read more: Gov. Murphy Announces NJ 'Stay-At-Home' Order Due To Coronavirus
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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.