OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – NJ Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli is a regular in Governor Phil Murphy’s daily COVID-19 press briefings. Murphy’s standard line is to acknowledge the health commissioner as the “woman who needs no introduction.” As always, Persichilli provided some insight on statewide numbers.

According to the health commissioner, confirmed coronavirus cases have seeming peaked in the northern part of the state. “I wouldn’t say that’s the case in Central or South Jersey,” Persichilli shared. “It seems as though the transmission is going down the state.”

Pandemic terminology isn’t something that generally runs through the minds of most everyday Americans. Essentially, the goal is for the acceleration of new cases to stop rising for more than a few reasons. Obviously, no one wants to hear of more people becoming ill. However, part of the fear rests on having enough beds, equipment, and medical personnel to take care of them.

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As most can guess, the peak happens when cases soar to their highest spot. Next, the goal is to go down the hill and ultimately plateau.  Experts credit social distancing as a means of impacting the spread of the virus.

Statewide, the number of positive COVID-19 cases totals 78,467. Once again, this number represents in mid-forty percentile range as far as positive versus negative tests. Additionally, medical authorities suggest there’s still a chance that a negative result could actually be a false one. Symptomatic people should continue to social distance and quarantine.

New Jersey’s death toll has reached 3,840 people, with 201 of the deceased self-reporting that they are from Ocean County The state did not assign a county for three of the deaths.

State census tallies now contain information regarding COVID cases in long term care facilities. In Ocean County, 32 facilities have at least one incident of the virus. Overall, there are 543 total cases in long term care facilities throughout the county. Of the reported statewide deaths within these long-term care facilities, 43 occurred within Ocean County.

Statewide, the number of patients hospitalized regarding the coronavirus has decreased to 8,011. As of last night, 787 people were discharged. It is important to note that a discharge does not equate with total recovery.

The Ocean County Health Department reports 4432 confirmed cases of the virus within the county. Barnegat now has 138 positive test results, while Ocean Township (Waretown) has a total of 25. Both Stafford (132) and Lacey (116) have new cases as evidenced in the chart below.

Since positive COVID-19 test results first appeared in Ocean County, it has spread more rapidly in the northern part of the county. Lakewood leads with the number of confirmed cases with 1263. In Toms Rivers, the totals are now at 776.  Notably, South Toms River shows the greatest percentage of infected residents within its community. A comparison of each municipalities population and its positive test results appears below: