OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - According to Governor Phil Murphy’s daily update, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 68, 824 as of today. Remarkably, this keeps the number of positive results to negatives in the same mid-forty percent range.
On a national level, one source states that there are 610,234 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States. The same website has the death toll in the United States as 25,839. Only 38,520 people are deemed recovered - a number that appears to be understated.
New Jersey’s overall death toll has now reached 2,805. Of that number, 149 of the deceased reported their residence as somewhere in Ocean County. The state has not yet identified where two of the decedents lived prior to succumbing from a COVID-19 -related illness. Today marked the highest death totals reported throughout the state.
The number of hospitalizations as of 10 pm last night increased, with 8,185 beds occupied by coronavirus patients or those suspected as having the disease. Of the hospital population, 1,626 ventilators are in use. This number is up since yesterday. However, on April 11th, fifty more people needed a ventilator because they were unable to breathe on their own.
As of 10 pm last night, 514 people were discharged from hospitals statewide. A nurse in the field emphasized that discharge does not equate to recovery. In some cases, patients actually are forced to come back for readmission to the hospital.
According to the Ocean County Health Department, 3,841 people tested positive for COVID-19 as of 11:30 am. Barnegat now has 119 confirmed cases and Ocean Township has 22. Stafford is at 119 and Lacey, at 107. The fact that the curve is showing elevation is not a good thing.
In Lakewood, confirmed cases are now over the 1100 mark at 1117. Other northern parts of the county have also seen an increase. Toms River is at 670, as Brick nears 500. A complete breakdown by populations follows.