OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - Of the 191,813 COVID-19 tests performed statewide, 105,523 individuals have tested positive. Notably, this number shows a slightly lesser percentage of positive test results from the overall number. For the first time, it is below 44 percent, albeit by a small margin.
Ocean County now has 5698 confirmed coronavirus cases. Barnegat has just two new cases for a total of 176. Ocean Township (Waretown) experienced no increase in positive test results and remains at just 32. Lacey has four additional cases and Stafford is up one.
Barnegat Police Chief Keith Germain once again took to Facebook Live to update local residents regarding the crisis in town. The information he provides is pertinent to both local residents, and those in surrounding communities. Germain answers questions regarding what is open and continues to emphasize the impact of social distancing in getting the virus under control. A review of his question and answer session can be found here.
Statewide, the number of COVID-19 deaths is now at 5,863, of which 315 residents self-reported their addresses in Ocean County. With one exception, more fatalities have occurred in the more populous communities. Lakewood has the largest death toll, with 61 deaths. Brick follows with 56. Toms River and Manchester both report 46 as the number of deceased, Toms River is not only double the size of Manchester - it is also has more than two times of the number of confirmed cases.
The Ocean County Health Department reported an additional fatality in Barnegat. It appears that individual was a resident of Barnegat Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. It is unclear if there were additional deaths in Waretown.
Once again, the number of individuals hospitalized for COVID-19 related complications remains under 7,000. Additionally, 1,442 need mechanical assistance with breathing via a ventilator. However, this number is becoming a more consistent low. Hospitals reported 686 discharges in the last 24 hours.