OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - As of 10 am this morning, the Ocean County Health Department reports 3,632 confirmed coronavirus cases within the county. Statewide, 64,584 COVID-19 tests have come back positive. Of the 2,443 reported fatalities, 141 individuals were from somewhere in Ocean County.

Both Barnegat and Ocean Township (Waretown) continue to see an increase in confirmed cases. Barnegat now has 112, while Waretown's numbers are up to 22. Other Southern Ocean County towns are experiencing increased incidence of the disease. Stafford (116) and Lacey(102) have now exceeded the three digit mark. However, Ocean County as a whole appears to be coming closer to flattening the curve. The daily numbers as depicted by the orange line in the graph below show a marked decrease from past days.

The state's collection of statistical data from hospitals each evening provides some insight into the current state of affairs. Authorities are well aware that the virus hits people in varying degrees. However, the concern for resources represents a particular challenge as more people are diagnosed. The focus starts with adequate bed capacity, as the daily growth rate for hospitalization is one percent. Seven hospitals were on divert yesterday because they did not have room.

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As of 10 pm last evening, 7,781 people were confined to hospitals for COVID-19 related treatment. Some of those hospitalized already tested positive, while others are under investigation. Throughout New Jersey, 1,611 ventilators are in use. This represents 54.9% of the statewide ventilator capacity.

The good news is that 556 patients were released from hospitals yesterday. The discharges represent hopeful signs for recovery. The state calculated yesterday's discharge rate at fourteen percent.  Authorities continue the call for social distancing as the only tool to contain spread of the coronavirus.

Notably, the number of long term facilities that have at least one coronavirus case is now at 324. The total number of facilities statewide is 375. The state estimates that approximately ten percent of long term residents of long term facilities have tested positive for COVID-19.

. A complete breakdown of Ocean County's numbers are as follows: