OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - According to the Ocean County Health Department, there are no newly reported COVID-19 related deaths since yesterday within any of the county's municipalities. On first glance, this appears to be encouraging information. However, the state reports that of the 7,871 dead, 440 reported addresses in Ocean County.  This discrepancy may be that the county numbers came out early this morning.

As far as confirmed coronavirus cases, 126,744 people throughout the state have now tested positive. With 148,322 testing negative, the ratio of positives to negatives has dipped to 40.4%.

In Ocean County, 6,837 people have come back positive for the potentially deadly disease. This represents an additional 148 confirmed for the disease.  In Barnegat, there are now 204 cases, which accounts for one new case. Ocean Township (Waretown) has only one new case and is at 40 positive tests. In Lacey, there are three more people were confirmed for coronavirus for a total of 170. Stafford has one additional positive result for a total of 185.

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The statistics regarding ventilator necessity bring some more encouraging information, with less than 1200 patients needing mechanical assistance to breathe. Hospitalizations are down once again, with 5,317 beds occupied statewide. COVID-19 discharges amounted to 487 within the last 24 hours.

As the weekend comes to an end, it appears that many took advantage of the sunshine and flooded New Jersey parks and beaches. Tomorrow, or Tuesday, Governor Phil Murphy will address the status of reopening schools in the Garden State.