OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - In yesterday's article, TAPintoBarnegat/Waretown based its report based on numbers recorded by the Ocean County Health Department. Readers quickly noticed a decline in Lakewood numbers and questioned them. Although some addresses are initially assigned incorrectly to different municipalities, Lakewood actually had 1015 cases yesterday. Barnegat had 98 instead of Lacey, as one case was inadvertently reported as a Lacey positive test.
As of today, Ocean County as a whole has 3395 positive COVID-19 test results. Barnegat hit over the three digit mark with a total of 103. Ocean Township (Waretown) has reported one additional confirmed case for a total of 18.
Lakewood continues to lead the county with 1040 confirmed coronavirus cases. Toms River has more than half of that same amount. An analysis of the numbers relative to each municipality's population places 1% of Lakewood's population testing positive for COVID-19. Notably, South Toms River is not far behind.
A complete breakdown according to population follows at the end of this article. The curve as it now exists is shown in the charts below.
Statewide, the total number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus has reached 58,151. The ratio of positive tests to negative is 44.3%. In Ocean County, the reported death toll is now at 121 lives reported as lost due to the potentially deadly virus.
The state's documentation on hospitals proves beneficial in evaluating the progress of the disease. As of last night, 7,618 patients were admitted to hospitals with positive COVID-19 test results or under investigation for the virus. Of that number, 1650 were on ventilators, which is down from the previous day. Additionally, 682 individuals were discharged from the hospital to either recover at home or in rehabilitation facilities.
Notably, the records regarding recovery do not presently provide much information. The government is only showing a total of 92 recoveries statewide. That number is most likely far less than the total. However, sources say it remains "tricky" to track recovery at this stage.
A current breakdown of municipalities in Ocean County by size and the Ocean County Health Department's numbers follows: