OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – At today’s daily press conference, Governor Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey has suffered a loss of 537 lives as a result of the coronavirus. Although this represents an increase of 182 fatalities, not all the newly reported died yesterday. In Ocean County, the new death toll has climbed to 38.
The number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 now totals 25,590 statewide. Remarkably 33,520 who were symptomatic and tested came back negative. However, this still represents an increase in percentages as far as the positives and negatives. Jersey City leads the state with over 841 confirmed cases, which the city breaks down by sex and age. Jersey City alone has 21 deaths.
The State's report shows Ocean County with 1,371 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. This represents an increase of 115 positive test results. The Ocean County Health Department's update shows a total of 1408. In Barnegat, the new total is 39. Ocean Township remains at 4.
Lakewood now exceeds 500 cases with the following other communities exceeding 100 positive tests: Brick, 139, Jackson,120, and Toms River at 221. Please see below for a complete breakdown.
As of yesterday, 1,448 tests were administered at Ocean County College for Ocean County residents, first responders and health care staff. Those that were tested through Monday have been notified of their results by the Ocean County Health Department.
Appointments at the drive thru coronavirus testing site at Ocean County College will continue into next week following Ocean County’s successful effort to secure additional tests.
“We have been saying that testing for COVID-19 will continue so long as we have tests and are able to meet the staffing needs at the site,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. “I am happy to announce today we are receiving additional tests and can make appointments for next week. The hospitals, the Ocean County Health Department, the Salvation Army, and our Office of Emergency Management are all ready to go for next week.”
Appointments are scheduled in advance for Ocean County residents. The site is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, weather permitting. The Ocean County Health Department has been able to increase the number of daily appointments to 216 after a close review of operations of the testing site. Appointments are full for tomorrow, Friday April 3. Follow the directions to make an appointment here.
A breakdown of positive cases in Ocean County is as follows:
|Town Name||Number of Cases|
|Little Egg Harbor||10|
|Long Beach Township||5|
|Ocean Twp. (Waretown)||4|
|Point Pleasant Beach||4|
|Point Pleasant Borough||48|
|South Toms River||17|