OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – The Ocean County Health Department reports that of the statewide total of 51,027 individuals with positive COVID-19 tests, 3107 were from Ocean County.  The cumulative death toll throughout the state is now 1,700.  According to state records, 119 Ocean County residents died as a result of the deadly virus.

In Barnegat, the number of residents who have tested positive for the coronavirus now totals 86. Ocean Township (Waretown) has two new reports at 14 confirmed cases.

Population size matters when it comes to reviewing results.  The chart below shows an analysis based on 2018 census numbers according to the county.  In Barnegat, Township Administrator Martin Lisella says the percentages are lower than they appear.

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“We have approximately 1500 more residents since the date used by the county,” shared Lisella.

The charts below track the number of confirmed cases throughout Ocean County.  The ultimate goals is to flatten the curve. However, state authorities suggest that the peak is due in the next few days. This means cases may increase before the pace stays the same.

In a continued quest to obtain COVID-19 recovery numbers, TAPintoBarnegat/Waretown contacted state authorities.  The response shared the problem with determining the numbers.

 “The number of recovered cases is tricky to calculate accurately during an outbreak, since final outcomes, which for SARS-CoV-2 can be weeks, are not known when you are gathering data on the number of cases,” said the COVID-19 Response Team.

As of last night, 7,363 people were hospitalized who tested positive for COVID-19 or were under investigation for it. Of that number, 1,551 individuals were on ventilators. The good news is that 604 people were discharged from the hospital yesterday.

Notably, only three communities in Ocean County have no reported cases. A breakdown of today’s percentages follows: