OCEAN COUNTY, NJ — The first week of June has ended and many have concerns about the status of coronavirus cases in Ocean County. After all, things have opened up a bit and protests appear to make social distancing an issue. Before the untimely death of George Floyd shocked  the nation, protesters had already gathered in Point Pleasant imploring Governor Murphy to further open the state.

Truth be told, there really is no way of knowing the home addresses of those who come to demonstrate against what they consider injustice of any kind. By the same token, positive test results do not necessarily imply grave illness. However, the contagious nature of the virus may exist even from people who never experience symptoms.

In Ocean County, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has not exceeded three digits since it struck 100 on May 20th. Days before that, the numbers countywide were also less than 100. As of today, 8900 residents who reported addresses in Ocean County have tested positive.

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Barnegat has experienced a very slow rate of increase since May 31, moving from 242 to a current total of 269. In Waretown (Ocean Township), a couple of addresses appears to have been mistakenly assigned from another municipality Waretown has just 43 positive test results.

Neighboring Stafford has 240 confirmed coronavirus cases, which is a slight increase since 237, originally reported on May 28th. Lacey stayed consistently at 219 and now has one additional positive test result.

Governor Murphy has expressed his concerns that residents marching for George Floyd may cause a spike in the spread of the virus. He has requested that all who participate get tested.

As of today, the state has confirmed that 12,049 New Jersey residents have died as a result of COVID-19 related complications. In Ocean County, the fatalities total 766. There are no new deaths in Barnegat and the number for Ocean Township remains under five.

Hospitalizations continue to be a critical metric in evaluating the impact of the disease on New Jersey residents. There are currently 1,933 in-patient beds devoted to COVID patients. Of that amount, 410 are on ventilators. This is a slight increase from the beginning of the week - but a remarkable decline since the peak of the disease in New Jersey.