OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy sounded somewhat optimistic during today's press conference. As more and more people are tested statewide, the number of confirmed cases increases in volume. The rate of positives to negatives continue to weigh in at 45% with 88,806 individuals confirmed as positive.

That said, Ocean County does not offer data concerning the total number of patients tested. However, as of today, 4680 of residents within the county came back as positive for the virus. Notably, other counties have far more confirmed cases. For example, Bergen County tops the list with a total of 13,011. Ocean County's numbers actually follow Middlesex County, where there are 8,346 positive test results reported.

Remarkably, fifty percent of the municipalities within Ocean County did not report an increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases. The charts below provide an understanding of the progression within Ocean County:

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During the Governor's daily press conference, he and the others on the panel have expressed concerns that the disease is traveling further south. As it turns out, the focus is primarily on Camden County. This may relate to evidence that Philadelphia is the next "hot spot" identified by government officials.

Meanwhile, the numbers in Ocean County have increased. Barnegat is now at 154 positive results, while Ocean Township (Waretown) has another case for a total of 27. Stafford is at 144 and Lacey at 129. Of course, that does not mean that any or all of these individuals will require hospitalization in order to recuperate.

Statewide, the hospitalization rate offers another encouraging picture. Just last week, over 8,000 people occupied hospital beds related to COVID-19. Now, the number is under 7,000. Patients requiring ventilators statewide are under 1600, representing 51.2% of available vents.

New Jersey's death toll now totals 4,377 deaths, with 222 fatalities associated with Ocean County residents. Monmouth and Morris County have slightly less positive test results. However, both counties report more deaths related to the deadly virus.

The chart below shows the various municipalities within Ocean County, their population and total confirmed cases: