January 24, 2022

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NJ COVID hospitalizations decline and elective surgeries are delayed at Monmouth, Ocean hospitals

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NJ COVID hospitalizations numbers have fallen as of Thursday. The state recorded its first decrease in the number of patients receiving hospital care for COVID-19 in 28 days. New Jersey had 156 fewer COVID hospitalizations overnight Wednesday than the previous day, down to 5,933 overall — the first time hospitalizations have dipped during the current wave of the pandemic since Dec. 16. The number of patients needing intensive care also dropped slightly, to 907. And as of today, the number has dropped again. The number of COVID hospitalizations statewide fell to 5,835 on Thursday night — a decrease of almost 100 patients from the night before.

While two days’ worth of data does not indicate a trend, state Health Department models this week forecasted the peak of the latest coronavirus surge reaching around Jan. 14.

Hospitals in Monmouth, Ocean postpone elective surgeries due to the COVID-19 surge of omicron variant for at least two weeks after a recommendation from Gov. Phil Murphy. Hackensack Meridian Health, which operates five hospitals in Monmouth and Ocean counties, has postponed non-critical surgeries for two to three weeks so that its staff can accommodate the increase in COVID-19 patients. The health care network owns:

  • Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel

  • Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank

  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune

  • Ocean University Medical Center in Brick

  • Southern Ocean Medical Center in Stafford

RWJBarnabas Health has also implemented this practice at its hospitals. The network started postponing certain elective surgeries on Jan. 3. The network operates:

  • Community Medical Center in Toms River

  • Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch

  • Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood.

The hospitals have not specified which types of elective surgeries are being postponed.


Here’s the updated list of sites in Monmouth and Ocean counties offering COVID-19 vaccines, according to the state Department of Health.

VaccineFinder.gov is a free online website that will help you find and secure a local appointment with simple instructions.

Monmouth County

  • Bayshore Medical Center, Holmdel: Registrations online only at hackensackmeridianhealth.org/covid19

  • CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township: Registrations online only at www.centrastate.com/vaccine

  • Community Health Center of Asbury Park: 1301 Main St.; 732-774-6333; vnachc.org/

  • CVS Pharmacy: 3391 Route 35, Hazlet, 470 Route 36, Highlands, 71 South Broadway, Long Branch; 800-746-7287; cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine.

  • Freehold Family Health Center: 579 Park Ave.; 732-294-2540; vnachc.org/

  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune: Registrations online only at hackensackmeridianhealth.org/covid19

  • Keyport Community Health Center: 35 Broad St.; 732-888-4149; https://vnachc.org/

  • Monmouth County Health Department: 50 East Main St.; 732-431-7456; visitmonmouth.com/health

  • Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch: Registrations online only at www.rwjbh.org/covid19vaccine.

  • Ocean Health Initiatives: 3600 Route 66; Neptune; 732-363-6655; ohinj.org

  • Red Bank Primary Care Center: 188 East Bergen Pl.; 732-219-6620; vnachc.org/

  • Rite Aid: 1360 Route 36, Hazlet; 596 Shrewsbury Ave., Tinton Falls; 4057 Asbury Ave., Suite 8, Tinton Falls; 75 South Main St., Neptune; 200 Wilson Ave., Middletown; 149 Main St., Manasquan; riteaid.com/pharmacy/covid-qualifier

  • Riverview Medical Center: 1 Riverview Plaza, Red Bank; 732-741-2700.

  • Sam’s Club: 320 W. Main St., Freehold, 732-780-0734

  • ShopRite: 280 Route 9; Marlboro; or 3120 Route 35; Hazlet; vaccines.shoprite.com

  • Walmart: 4900 Route 9, Howell, 732-886-9111; 326 W. Main, Freehold, 732-780-3484; 3575 Route 66, Neptune, 732-918-0441.

Ocean County

  • CHEMED: 1771 Madison Ave., Lakewood; 732-364-6666; chemedhealth.org

  • Community Medical Center, Toms River: Registrations online only at www.rwjbh.org/covid19vaccine.

  • CVS Pharmacy: 1600 Route 35, Seaside Heights; 421 Lacey Rd., Manchester; 800-746-7287; cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

  • Long Beach Island Health Department: 609-492-1212; lbihealth.com

  • Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, Lakewood: Registrations online only at www.rwjbh.org/covid19vaccine.

  • Ocean County Health Department: Multiple locations: 800-342 9738; www.ochd.org/covid19-vaccine-update/

  • Ocean Health Initiatives: 10 Stockton Drive, Toms River; 101 2nd St., Lakewood; 798 Route 539, Little Egg Harbor; 732-363-6655; ohinj.org.

  • Ocean Medical Center, Brick: 732-836-4144; hackensackmeridianhealth.org/covid19

  • Rite Aid: 3258 Bridge Ave., Point Pleasant; 159 East Kennedy Blvd., Lakewood; 1041 Burnt Tavern Rd., Brick; 1 North New Prospect Rd., Jackson; riteaid.com/pharmacy/covid-qualifier

  • Southern Ocean Medical Center: 1173 Beacon Ave., Stafford; 609-597-6011; hackensackmeridianhealth.org/covid19

  • ShopRite: 297 Route 72, Stafford; and 860 Fischer Blvd., Toms River; vaccines.shoprite.com

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Please have a safe enjoyable weekend. I’ll be back in your inbox next week.


~Tamara Walker, Lead News Assistant ~

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This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: NJ COVID hospitalizations decline and elective surgeries are delayed at Monmouth, Ocean hospitals

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