OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - Statewide, Governor Phil Murphy sees the data as reason to start the return to New Jersey's economy.  Non-essential construction can resume on Monday. Additionally, non-essential retail businesses can take in orders and deliver goods curbside. Public health relies on numbers going in a downward trend. 

Today, the state reported 1,028 new positive COVID-19 tests. This brings New Jersey's total to 141,560.  Ocean County residents make up 7,653 of the total number. In the last couple of days, the reports showed some inconsistencies as some cases were seemingly deleted and added back today.

In Southern Ocean County, Barnegat now has a total of 214 positive cases, Ocean Township (Waretown) 42, and Lacey, 190. Stafford showed the most significant increase with a new total of 212 cases.

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Statewide, 9,702 people died of the coronavirus, of which 571 reported Ocean County addresses. Lakewood and Toms River both have in excess of 100 fatalities associated with the potentially deadly virus.

At the press conference today, Murphy shared some encouraging statistics.  Today marks the fourth day that less than 1,000 people needed ventilators in order to breathe. Statewide hospitalizations are also the lowest in recent weeks.