Coronavirus cases in Monmouth County prompt leaders to limit social interaction

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Monmouth County has at least eight “presumptive positive” cases of coronavirus, prompting county leaders to make some changes to limit the amount of interaction the public has with one another.

All county buildings will be closed to the public starting on Saturday, including county libraries. The public will not have access until at least March 22 – and possibly longer.

The closure also includes the county Health Department on Main Street in Freehold and the county courthouse. Jury cases have been postponed until further notice.

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But county officials do say that county offices will be open for business by phone. The one exception to the closures is the Division of Social Services.

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“In the Division of Social Services, protection will be in place to ensure there is no physical contact between employees and residents seeking services,” says Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone. “All county employees will report to work and be available to residents by phone and email."

Freeholder Sue Kiley says that the biggest concern is to protect the county residents and to protect employees.

“That’s what drives all the decisions we make,” she says.

County parks will remain open, although buildings in the park will be closed.

Officials will reassess the situation often to see when buildings can reopen.

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