OCEAN COUNTY, NJ  -It’s like passing a bad car accident and not really wanting to take a look. However, natural instincts take over. In some cases, it’s merely searching for reassurance that the victim is a complete stranger. Such is the case for reviewing the daily numbers regarding the spread of the coronavirus. Worse yet is the grim reminder that people are dying from the disease.

The statewide numbers now add up to 29,895 confirmed COVID-19 results, which still accounts for approximately 41 percent testing positive. For those looking at the glass half-full, that means a greater number of people are coming back negative.

Meanwhile, there’s something for consideration in the numbers. In the first place, everyone tested must show symptoms to qualify for the test. Unfortunately, health officials warn that there’s proof there are some false negatives. All things considered, fever and other indicators suggest evidence of some illness. It’s still best to take time to recover and regain strength.

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While no one likes to hear the death toll, it’s up to 646 in New Jersey. The state reports that 45 individuals have died from coronavirus complications from Ocean County. Meanwhile, it’s not just the elderly losing their lives. A 48-year-old man with no underlying conditions from Middlesex County just died. He was a principal in an Essex County school district.

The call for social distancing also considers those who are asymptomatic. For those who still don't understand, another crash analogy might prove helpful. It would be bad enough for a driver to suffer injuries or die in an accident. However, a motor vehicle operator who causes harm or a fatality often lives with the guilt of that knowledge. It just makes sense to avoid the inadvertent passing on of the virus.

According to state records, 231 of today’s new cases came from Ocean County. However, the Ocean County Health Department puts the increase at 302 new positive tests for a total of 1710.

In Barnegat, the total of positive COVID-19 cases is now 46.  Ocean Township (Waretown) has  6.  Municipality results are based on the mailing addresses provided at the time of testing.

Statewide, 3,016 hospitalized for the virus have tested positive. An equal amount of patients hospitalized are awaiting test results. Notably, 1,227 are on ventilators throughout New Jersey hospitals. Earlier this week, Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronady alerted county officials that the county’s four hospitals are overloaded.

Ocean County numbers continue to climb with a marked increase in the northern part of the county. Lakewood continues to lead with confirmed cases with 599.  The following all had positive tests exceeding 100: Toms River Brick, Berkeley, and Jackson.   A complete breakdown follows

Town Name Number of Cases
Barnegat 46
Barnegat Light 2
Bay Head 2
Beach Haven 4
Beachwood 19
Berkeley 114
Brick 174
Eagleswood 0
Harvey Cedars 0
Island Heights 2
Jackson 154
Lacey 51
Lakehurst 3
Lakewood 599
Lavallette 4
Little Egg Harbor 17
Long Beach Township 6
Manchester 87
Mantoloking 0
Ocean Gate 0
Ocean Twp. (Waretown) 6
Pine Beach 0
Plumsted 7
Point Pleasant Beach 5
Point Pleasant Borough 52
Seaside Heights 6
Seaside Park 2
Ship Bottom 5
South Toms River 20
Surf City 2
Stafford 40
Toms River 280
Tuckerton 1