OCEAN COUNTY, NJ -  When the Ocean County Health Department began reporting positive COVID-19 results, the cases were primarily focused in the northern part of the county.  The concentration of confirmed cases nears 1,000 in Lakewood. That said, some communities in Southern Ocean County are nearing three digits.

Today's report actually shows a slight decline since yesterday's numbers for Lakewood. Although this has not been confirmed with the Ocean County Health Department, this may be a result of misinformation initially recorded as far as patient addresses.

Barnegat has seen a sharp surge in numbers in just the last few days. It is now at 97, while Lacey has 90 and Stafford's results show 84 positive tests. Ocean Township (Waretown), a smaller community that sits in between Lacey and Barnegat, now has 17 confirmed cases.  In total, the number of cases in Ocean County amounts to 3238.

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Despite in the increase in the southern part of the county, the overall increase countywide is not as significant as it has been in the past. Although experts expect the peak in the next couple of days, social distancing seems to be the best defense in flattening the curve.

Statewide, Governor Phil Murphy reported that 54,588 individuals have tested positive for the virus. Additionally, 1,932 New Jersey residents have lost their lives due to the coronavirus. The state attributes 121 of the deaths to individuals who self-reported their addresses as somewhere in Ocean County.

As of last night, 7,570 individuals were patients in New Jersey hospitals and either or confirmed as positive for COVID-19 or under investigation for it. Of those patients, 1,663 people were breathing with the help of ventilators. This represents 59.7% of the current ventilators available in the state. Notably, 682 individuals were discharged from the hospital within the last 24 hours.  A complete breakdown of the Ocean County numbers follows:

Ocean County Coronavirus