OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – When the coronavirus was at its peak, some waited for the daily update of positive test results. Ocean County numbers have slowed down considerably since then – as they have in most of New Jersey.  The latest charts reflect changes since the end of June.

Overall, Ocean County surpassed the 9,900 mark today, with 9,904 individuals testing positive for COVID-19.  Not all of these cases represent active ones and it remains impossible to determine how many individuals have full recovered since their initial diagnosis.

The unfortunate thing is that one number is easily calculated. Of the total number of confirmed cases, 932 reportedly died and were listed as a confirmed coronavirus case. This computes to 9.41 percent of the total. This is an increase since the end of June when the death toll was 887.

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One of the most commonly asked questions is whether multiple positive test results for the same person are reported more than once. Authorities have advised us that numbers related to each individual only show up in the data one time.

Since the beginning of July, 303 new positive test results were reported throughout Ocean County. The overall increase in confirmed cases in June was ten percent.  July’s current increase in positive COVID-19 cases is 3.2 percent after more than half the month has ended.

Barnegat kept steady at 267 positive test results until today when it moved to 269. Ocean Township has consistently stayed low and increased from 51 to 52 cases on July 13. Lacey has experienced small daily increases and is now at 274; Stafford is at 267.

Lakewood, the largest community in New Jersey, now has 2,645 positive test results. This account for 60 new confirmed cases in that municipality. Brick and Toms River are the only two other towns with more than 1,000 positive tests.

The Ocean County Health Department now reports the highest percentage of positive test results from those between the ages of 19-44.  Of the confirmed cases, 349 were children under the age of 18.

As far as reported deaths, no children have died in Ocean County. However, 17 of those who died were between the ages of 19 and 44. Nearly 85 percent of those who lost their lives were over the age of 65.

New Jersey’s hospital census results provide encouraging news. Statewide, there are 868 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Ocean County is part of the central region and has a total of 261 beds assigned to someone who has tested positive for the disease.

During the peak of the virus, ventilator usage reached 60 percent of capacity.  There are now 66 people using ventilators to assist their breathing statewide. This represents 2.1 percent of the total capacity.

The up-to-date values for rate of transmission or Rt, are estimated at 1.02 for New Jersey according to one source. This represents the average number of people a person who tests positive can infect. The State of New Jersey estimates the number at 1.11.

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