Lifeguards end season early after positive COVID test

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The beach at Mantoloking. FILE PHOTO

MANTOLOKING — The borough’s lifeguards have wrapped up their season early after one of their guards tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

According to Mayor Lance White, the affected lifeguard was on the stand Aug. 22 and 23 at the Lyman Street beach.

The lifeguards were set to operate through Labor Day. Even with them now finished, badge checkers, social distancers and cleaning staff will be working at the beach through the holiday.

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According to the mayor, the borough is following guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Ocean County Board of Health.

“If you have questions or believe you may have been exposed, please reach out to the Ocean County Health Department at 732-241-9700 ext. 7411 or through email at covid@ochd.org,” the mayor announced.

The mayor said Mantoloking beaches are unguarded, so he urged visitors to swim at their own risk.

Daily badges for beach access are still $10 and can be purchased by credit card at the shed on Downer Avenue between the firehouse and municipal building.

Mantoloking was extremely busy this year, the mayor said, with more and more people coming down to the borough for an extended summer season because of COVID-19.

“One way to measure this increase is through the use of our sewers,” said Mr. White. “Our sewerage costs are up approximately 25 percent versus the same time period in 2019.”

He said this is “not an insignificant sum of money,” and the borough will work to address the cost in a way that will not greatly affect taxpayers.

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