OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - At the Governor's press conference today, Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli cleared up a question for many residents of Ocean County. As far as the state is concerned - Ocean County is part of Central Jersey. Forget any ideas that it is part of the southern end of the state.
When it comes to the coronavirus crisis, the Central Jersey distinction matters. Authorities have determined that the northern end of the state has calmed down a bit when it comes to the spread of COVID-19. Overall, the state has 95,865 positives out of 172,612 tests. The positivity rate remains in the mid forty percent range.
The statewide death toll has now passed the 5,000 mark and is at 5,063. Of that number, 270 of those who lost their lives reported addresses in Ocean County.
While there weren't significant increases in positive test results within the county, Toms River reports 901 confirmed cases. Barnegat now has 164 individuals who tested positive for the virus. Eight people from Barnegat have died as a result of COVID-19. Ocean Township (Waretown) remains at 28.
When requested to supply data concerning recovery numbers, Dr. Christina Tan said that the definition of recovery is actually rather "squishy." According to Tan, there is no standard definition because it includes so many variables.
"You have many individuals who were never hospitalized," said Tan. "The CDC's reference to swabbing after it appears the disease is over relates to discontinuing isolation."
For now, it appears that there is no way of determining recovery numbers until a proper definition is established. In the meantime, here are the numbers for each municipality in Ocean County.
|MUNICIPALITY||2018 Population||Confirmed COVID-19 Cases||Percentage of Population|
|Barnegat Light Borough||588||2||0.34%|
|Bay Head Borough||977||7||0.72%|
|Beach Haven Borough||1,191||5||0.42%|
|Harvey Cedars Borough||340||0||0.00%|
|Island Heights Borough||1,674||7||0.42%|
|Little Egg Harbor Township||21,386||80||0.37%|
|Long Beach Township||3,067||18||0.59%|
|Ocean Gate Borough||2,026||8||0.39%|
|Pine Beach Borough||2,172||8||0.37%|
|Point Pleasant Beach Borough||4,542||30||0.66%|
|Point Pleasant Borough||18,684||118||0.63%|
|Seaside Heights Borough||2,906||20||0.69%|
|Seaside Park Borough||1,545||3||0.19%|
|Ship Bottom Borough||1,146||6||0.52%|
|South Toms River Borough||3,777||55||1.46%|
|Toms River Township||93,717||901||0.96%|