OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - Last week, the New Jersey Health Department began reporting on hospital census numbers throughout the state. While there are no specific assignments by county, today’s numbers show that 709 patients were discharged from hospitals statewide. They will either move on to rehabilitation facilities or home for the balance of their recovery.

 While the increase in discharges sounds encouraging, it needs to be considered in context. New Jersey hospitals now report an increase to 8,207 patients as far as COVID-19 hospitalizations. Additionally, 58.1% of the state’s available ventilators are in use. The number of those needing ventilation has risen to 1,705 patients.

Throughout New Jersey’s 21 counties, 71,030 people have tested positive for coronavirus. This number represents 44.8% of the total number of individuals swabbed. However, authorities continue to warn that it is possible to come back with a false negative. Additionally, it is possible to exhibit no symptoms of the virus and still spread it to others.

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Statewide, the death toll has increased to 3,156 lost lives. Bergen County continues to show both the highest incidence of the disease and fatalities.  New Jersey attributes 166 deaths to residents of Ocean County municipalities.

In Ocean County, the number of positive COVID-19 cases is approaching 4,000. There are currently 3,970 confirmed cases, with Lakewood showing the highest incidence of the disease. Others surrounding northern parts of the county have experienced significant increases. The charts below show the daily progress of the numbers.

Barnegat’s confirmed coronavirus cases are now at 126. In the Southern Ocean County area, Stafford follows with 125. Ocean Township (Waretown) has one additional positive COVID-19 test for a total of 23.

Population remains a critical part of the equation when it comes to reviewing confirmed cases. Check to see where each municipality stands in evaluating rate of infection.