OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - As New Jersey continues to test people regardless of symptoms, the percentage of positive to negative results have dramatically changed. Overall, more than a half a million people have been swabbed for COVID-19 statewide. The total number of confirmed cases is now 150,399.

For quite some time, Bergen County led the state with the most number of positive results. Hudson County now has a slight lead, with 17,748 confirmed coronavirus cases.  When it comes to new cases, Essex County leads the state.

Here in Ocean County, the number of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 now totals 8,112.  Remarkably, today is the first time in eight days that the numbers exceeded three digits as far as positive cases. Today, there were 100 new positive test results throughout the county.

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As of today, Barnegat has a total of 220 confirmed cases and Ocean Township (Waretown) has 42. Stafford has 219 positive test results, and Lacey continues to show small increases and now has 199 cases.

 

When Governor Phil Murphy conducts his daily press conferences, he consistently says that the data drives his decisions regarding reopening of the state. No doubt that hospital trends are part of the overall analysis.

Not long ago, over 8,000 people were in New Jersey hospitals for coronavirus complications. As of today, the number is down to 3,405.  In Central Jersey, which includes Ocean County, 975 patients are hospitalized. Statewide, a total of 750 people are on ventilators because they need the assistance. This is more than half of the high experienced a month ago.

According to the total number of lab confirmed reports, 10,747 people have lost their lives due to the deadly virus. In Ocean County, the fatalities totaled 656 people. No new deaths were reported for Barnegat or Waretown.