OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - Perhaps the good news is that Ocean County isn't among the top counties statewide with positive COVID-19 tests. Governor Phil Murphy delivered a grim message today. Not only have 18,696 individuals been diagnosed with the coronavirus, 267 have died from disease-related complications. The victims vary in age, with three of the decedents under the age of thirty. Today brought the largest death toll, with 69 new fatalities.

New confirmed cases statewide amount to 2,196, with Barnegat increasing significantly. Previously, there were 23 positive tests. As of today, the numbers have increased to 35 with 12 more reported. Ocean Township (Waretown) remains at four.

Lakewood numbers have moved from 399 to 438 in just one day. Toms River, which had 127 confirmed tests yesterday now has 156. Brick has an additional ten cases, surpassing the 100 mark with 104 confirmed test results. Jackson also hit 100 today, with ten new positive COVID-19 cases.

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Statewide, the numbers are not discriminating as far as age or sex. Of those who have died from the virus, 55% are males and 45% are females.

As a heads up, Ocean County Parks are now closed completely starting this evening. Additionally, law enforcement agencies will not just be charged hosts of celebrations. Mirroring an action in Newark, police will be issuing citations to all attendees.

The call to stay home and social distance remains. Governor Murphy shared these words with his constituency. "At some point, God willing sooner than later, we will break the back of this damn virus," he said.  "We will flatten that curve. We will have gotten the capacity in our health care system sufficient enough to deal with the cases that we have. We will get back on our feet."

Here is the list of statistics provided by the Ocean County Health Department:

Town Name Number of Cases
Barnegat 35
Barnegat Light 2
Bay Head 2
Beach Haven 3
Beachwood 9
Berkeley 68
Brick 104
Eagleswood 0
Harvey Cedars 0
Island Heights 1
Jackson 100
Lacey 31
Lakehurst 2
Lakewood 438
Lavallette 2
Little Egg Harbor 9
Long Beach Township 3
Manchester 55
Mantoloking 0
Ocean Gate 0
Ocean Twp. (Waretown) 4
Pine Beach 0
Plumsted 4
Point Pleasant Beach 3
Point Pleasant Borough 30
Seaside Heights 6
Seaside Park 2
Ship Bottom 2
South Toms River 13
Surf City 1
Stafford 23
Toms River 156
Tuckerton 0