OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – When Governor Phil Murphy first mandated only essential businesses to stay home, many considered it an overreaction.  Amazingly, it was just a few weeks ago that people asked others if they even knew of someone affected by the coronavirus. The disease has made its way to the Jersey shore – the numbers speak for themselves.

During Murphy’s address today, he shared statewide information showing a total of 4,512 new positive COVID-19 test results.  Some of those reported as new were initially swabbed as far back as twelve days ago. The surge of the disease has already hit North Jersey and is projected to hit Ocean County by the middle of the month.

Statewide, a total of 22,255 people tested positive for the disease. Coronavirus-related deaths total 355, with a total of 23 coming from somewhere in Ocean County. One of those who died in Ocean County was in a long-term facility. According to State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, 93 of the state’s 375 nursing homes have at least one individual who tested positive for the disease.

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In Ocean County, the number of those diagnosed with the coronavirus rose to a total of 1256.   Not every county health department breaks down data by municipality.  The numbers recorded by the Ocean County Health Department are representative of the mailing address reported by the person tested.

Barnegat now has 38 confirmed COVID-19 cases, while Ocean Township remains at 4.  Municipalities with over 100 positive tests include: Lakewood, 450, Toms River,204.Jackson, 114, and Brick, 125. A complete breakdown of the number follows:

own Name Number of Cases
Barnegat 38
Barnegat Light 2
Bay Head 2
Beach Haven 3
Beachwood 11
Berkeley 83
Brick 125
Eagleswood 0
Harvey Cedars 0
Island Heights 2
Jackson 114
Lacey 36
Lakehurst 3
Lakewood 450
Lavallette 3
Little Egg Harbor 9
Long Beach Township 5
Manchester 67
Mantoloking 0
Ocean Gate 0
Ocean Twp. (Waretown) 4
Pine Beach 0
Plumsted 3
Point Pleasant Beach 4
Point Pleasant Borough 36
Seaside Heights 5
Seaside Park 2
Ship Bottom 3
South Toms River 16
Surf City 1
Stafford 25
Toms River 204
Tuckerton 0