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.

Sign Up for Barnegat/Waretown Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

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 Township 23,167 164 0.71%
Barnegat Light Borough 588 2 0.34%
Bay Head Borough 977 7 0.72%
Beach Haven Borough 1,191 5 0.42%
Beachwood Borough 11,270 69 0.61%
Berkeley Township 41,762 381 0.91%
Brick Township 75,667 677 0.89%
Eagleswood Township 1,608 4 0.25%
Harvey Cedars Borough 340 0 0.00%
Island Heights Borough 1,674 7 0.42%
Jackson Township 57,218 453 0.79%
Lacey Township 29,118 136 0.47%
Lakehurst Borough 2,700 19 0.70%
Lakewood Township 104,157 1403 1.35%
Lavallette Borough 1,853 7 0.38%
Little Egg Harbor Township 21,386 80 0.37%
Long Beach Township 3,067 18 0.59%
Manchester Township 43,416 352 0.81%
Mantoloking Borough 257 0 0.00%
Ocean Gate Borough 2,026 8 0.39%
Ocean Township 9,062 28 0.31%
Pine Beach Borough 2,172 8 0.37%
Plumsted Township 8,548 35 0.41%
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%
Stafford Township 27,542 161 0.58%
Surf City 1,193 4 0.34%
Toms River Township 93,717 901 0.96%
Tuckerton Borough 3,375 10 0.30%