OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - At looking at the statewide reports on the coronavirus, the numbers are up with over 116,264 positive test results. However, the ratio of positives to negatives continues to decline with the rate of positivity calculated at 42.4 percent. Of course, a positive test result does not equate to the need for hospitalization.
Hospital census reports continue to play an important role in tracking trends regarding COVID-19 progress. Statewide, New Jersey hospital beds were assigned to 6,289 patients. Although only 66 of the state's 71 hospitals reported on discharges, that number reached somewhat of a high at 613. Ventilator use was up slightly to 1,327 patients requiring mechanical assistance to breathe.
Long term facilities continue to show considerable outbreaks of the virus. In Ocean County, 44 facilities for a total of 1332 confirmed cases were in long term facilities. Additionally, facilities reported 150 deaths associated with the coronavirus. The Barnegat Rehabilitation & Nursing Center has 19 reported cases and two fatalities.
According to the Ocean County Health Department, there are now 6.268 confirmed coronavirus cases within the county's different municipalities. While that number may seem excessive from the previous day, the health department added a new category for addresses that could not be confirmed. This report accounts for what appears to be a significant in spikes throughout the county.
In Barnegat, seven new positive COVID-19 test results were reported for a total of 189. Ocean Township had one additional report for a total of 37. Lacey is now up to 157 with one more positive test, while Stafford climbed to 178 with four more confirmed cases.
Overall, the Ocean County Health Department reports 372 deaths. In Lakewood, 79 people lost their lives to COVID-19 related complications. Brick follows with 71. Other municipalities with fatalities in excess of 50 include Berkeley, Manchester, and Toms River. The average age of death in Ocean County is 77. More than half of the decedents are male.