OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - Whether it's the availability of more COVID-19 test kits, or exposure itself, the numbers are up as far as reported cases of the potentially fatal disease. According to New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith M. Persichilli, there are 2,492 new confirmed cases of coronavirus within the state, bringing the total to 6,876.  Ocean County has 147 new positive tests, bringing the county total to 468.  Of the 19 new disease-related deaths today, one was from Ocean County.

In Barnegat, there are now a total of 12 confirmed cases. Ocean Township, also referred to as Waretown now has two positive test results. The numbers have also increased on Long Beach Island

Notably, the state health commissioner indicated that approximately 31.7% of those tested for coronavirus come back positive. This number is up from previous reports.

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On Monday, March 30, Ocean County opens up its first coronavirus testing site at Ocean County College. The site opens at 9 am and is open to Ocean County residents who register and have a doctor's prescription for the test.  To sign up and learn more, those who want to be tested should  visit this website.

During his public address today, Governor Phil Murphy addressed what he called a "villification" of members of the Jewish community in Lakewood. Despite reported issues of larger gatherings in the municipality, Murphy said there was still overwhelming evidence of compliance within the town. He warned of "scapegoating" people because they looked different or practiced different religions.

Of the confirmed cases in Ocean County, Lakewood continues to show the greatest increase with 198 confirmed. Toms River and Jackson are 60 and 52, respectively  Today's breakdown is as follows:

Town Name Number of Cases
Barnegat 12
Barnegat Light 1
Bay Head 1
Beach Haven 0
Beachwood 3
Berkeley 28
Brick 33
Eagleswood 0
Harvey Cedars 0
Island Heights 1
Jackson 52
Lacey 12
Lakehurst 0
Lakewood 198
Lavallette 1
Little Egg Harbor 4
Long Beach Township 2
Manchester 20
Mantoloking 0
Ocean Gate 1
Ocean Twp. (Waretown) 2
Pine Beach 0
Plumsted 3
Point Pleasant Beach 2
Point Pleasant Borough 18
Seaside Heights 0
Seaside Park 1
Ship Bottom 2
South Toms River 3
Surf City 1
Stafford 7
Toms River 60
Tuckerton 0