OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – Once again, Governor Phil Murphy’s update painted an exponential increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state. The additional volume of 3,347 individuals brings the statewide total to 16,636 who have some degree of the coronavirus. Notably, in order to be tested, all victims needed to exhibit symptoms.
The percentage of individuals who test positive has also increased. Of the 40,806 tests performed, 15,582 came back with evidence of the coronavirus. This accounts to an overall increase to 38.19 percent.
Law enforcement agencies throughout the state are getting hit hard as far as exposure. As of today, 2,477 members have been quarantined. Additionally, 288 law enforcement officers have tested positive for COVID-19.
Although it is unknown how many of the decedents were Ocean County residents, Murphy reported 37 more deaths related to the deadly disease. Four of the those who died were in long term facilities. This brings the total of lives lost in New Jersey to 198.
At the time of the briefing, it appeared that Ocean County had 84 new cases. However, the Ocean County’s updated records show there are an additional 119 more positive results for a total of 954.
Barnegat is now at 23, representing three new cases. Ocean Township (Waretown) remains at four.
According to the health department, Lakewood now has 399, representing an increase of 28 new positive test results. Toms River follows with 21 new cases for a total of 127. Brick now has 94, with the addition of 13 more positive COVID-19 tests.
Murphy implored upon New Jersey’s nine-million-person population to continue to defy the odds when confronted with challenges. He repeated his stay-at-home mandate and called upon Colonel Pat Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police to provide examples where individuals have been citated for failure to comply with social distancing requirements.
In Ocean County, Callahan provided one example of a gathering in Lakewood last evening. The individuals in that incident had assembled to celebrate a Bat Mitzvah. The Ocean County Prosecutor reported that Eliezer Silber was charged with Violating Any Rule or Regulation Adopted by the Governor in violation of APP.A: 9-49h, as well as Endangering the Welfare of his five children who were at the gathering. Miriam Silber was likewise charged with Endangering the Welfare of her five children. They are both required to appear at a future court date in Ocean County Superior Court.
President Trump has announced the call for social distancing to extend until April 30th. It is of the utmost importance that everyone complies with directives to ensure accessibility of medical equipment, beds and providers. A complete breakdown of the county follows:
|Town Name||Number of Cases|
|Little Egg Harbor||7|
|Long Beach Township||3|
|Ocean Twp. (Waretown)||4|
|Point Pleasant Beach||3|
|Point Pleasant Borough||28|
|South Toms River||10|