OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - Both the State of New Jersey and the Ocean County Health Department report a series of numbers regarding COVID-19 on a daily basis. Today the state reports that Ocean County has 105 more cases than reported by the county health department.
Overall, the state reports 109,038 individuals tested positive for the coronavirus. The number of positive cases to negatives continues to drop. The state reports that 5,962 of the confirmed results listed Ocean County addresses. However, the Ocean County Health Department breakdown of municipalities lists 5857 COVID-19 positive cases.
The numbers in the Southern Ocean County area have slowed down. Barnegat is up two for a total of 178. Ocean Township (Waretown) has an additional case and is now at 33. Toms River experienced the most substantial increase with 46 cases. This put it over the 1000 mark.
All of New Jersey's 71 hospitals have submitted census information regarding COVID-19 patients. Hospitalizations remain under 7,000 with 6,573 under treatment for the potentially deadly virus. Additionally, 1,418 patients are on ventilators. WIthin the last 24 hours, hospitals have discharged 684 patients.
Statewide, 5,938 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19, of which the state has attributed 322 fatalities to Ocean County. The Ocean County Health Department has not provided updated information to account for the municipalities associated with the newly reported deaths.
On Meet the Press, Governor Phil Murphy was asked about reopening the state based on region. "While we haven't made a decision on that, we're going to move as one state, recognizing you've got density issues in the north that you just don't have in the south," he said.