OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – New Jersey as a whole saw an increase in coronavirus cases for a new total of 37,505 individuals testing positive. Statewide, 917 deaths are attributed to the deadly virus. According to information provided by the state, that number includes 62 who self-reported their mailing addresses somewhere in Ocean County.

One of the biggest issues in the coronavirus crisis has been the lack of PPEs and medical equipment. Earlier today, Governor Murphy took to Twitter to make an announcement.

“After multiple conversations with the White House, we’ve secured an additional 500 ventilators,” Murphy tweeted. “Ventilators are our #1 need right now. I won't stop fighting to get us the equipment we need to save every life we can.”

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While many look for comfort in recovery numbers, Ocean County does not report them. However, this does not make the county an anomaly throughout New Jersey. Even the state has not released those statistics. In fact, the estimate for recovery numbers nationally is most likely underreported.

As of 1 pm, the State reported that Ocean County had 2177 positive COVID-19 test results. However, the numbers from the Ocean County Health Department are more up to date and show a total of 2215 as of 4 pm today.

In Barnegat, there are 58 confirmed coronavirus cases. Ocean Township (Waretown,) a smaller community has 9.

Other municipalities throughout the county that are larger in size have experienced higher increases. Lakewood has the most with 756 positive tests. Toms River follows with a new total of 364.  Berkeley, Jackson, and Manchester have all surpassed the 100 mark. Brick now has 251 confirmed cases.

A complete breakdown of all municipalities follows:

Town Name Number of Cases
Barnegat 58
Barnegat Light 2
Bay Head 2
Beach Haven 4
Beachwood 29
Berkeley 141
Brick 251
Eagleswood 0
Harvey Cedars 0
Island Heights 2
Jackson 198
Lacey 58
Lakehurst 4
Lakewood 756
Lavallette 5
Little Egg Harbor 20
Long Beach Township 6
Manchester 115
Mantoloking 0
Ocean Gate 1
Ocean Twp. (Waretown) 9
Pine Beach 0
Plumsted 12
Point Pleasant Beach 9
Point Pleasant Borough 60
Seaside Heights 11
Seaside Park 3
Ship Bottom 5
South Toms River 25
Surf City 2
Stafford 61
Toms River 364
Tuckerton 2