OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - Other than Governor Phil Murphy's daily press conference, local updates about the coronavirus have dropped as far as frequency. Throughout the state and within Ocean County, the number of confirmed cases has increased at a much slower pace.
Since the beginning of June, 598 new individuals reporting Ocean County addresses, tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the county's total to 9,312. These numbers include those who were asymptomatic as more test swabs became available.
In Barnegat, there are a total of 259 confirmed cases, together with 12 related fatalities. Tonight, Barnegat Police Chief Keith Germain takes to Facebook Live, where he will once again provide information to the community on COVID-19.
Ocean Township (Waretown) continues to stay steady with 45 positive test results, and under five deaths. Lacey has 243 confirmed coronavirus cases, and 11 reported fatalities.
Stafford has 246 cases, and 27 related deaths. Harvey Cedars reported its first case on June 11th. Barnegat Light reported a new positive test result today for a total of 5.
Only Brick and Lakewood have more than 100 new confirmed cases since the beginning of June. Toms River had 83 additional positive test results.
Hospitalizations play a critical role in analyzing the impact of the disease as far as long term consequences. Currently, 1,258 are in New Jersey hospitals receiving treatment for COVID-19. Of that number, 414 are confined to hospitals in Central Jersey. Statewide, 257 individuals are on ventilators.
Anyone listening to Murphy's updates may notice reference made to Rt,, viewed as a "key measure of how fast the virus is growing." According to this live tracking tool, New Jersey is near the bottom of the list.