OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - Over 81K people in New Jersey have tested positive for the coronavirus in New Jersey. This equates to 45% of all people swabbed after exhibiting symptoms of the potentially deadly disease.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ocean County is now at 4520. The charts below track the curve since the Ocean County Health Department first began tracking numbers.
According to today's report, Barnegat now has a total of 147 positive test results. Ocean Township (Waretown) has 25. To the immediate south, Stafford reports 132 confirmed cases. North of Waretown, 117 Lacey residents tested positive for the disease.
As reported previously, the Ocean County Health Department planned to move its mobile test site to the training grounds on Volunteer Way in Waretown. County officials rescinded this decision and the test site will remain at Ocean County College.
Governor Phil Murphy shared the news that a total of 4,070 deaths are attributable to COVID-19 related complications. Remarkably, forty percent of the fatalities came from residents of long term care facilities. Many of those reported as part of the death toll today likely became infected two or three weeks ago.
To date, 212 of the deceased reported their mailing addresses as somewhere in Ocean County. At a later date, the state may provide the zip codes for each municipality as far as the death toll.
Statewide, New Jersey hospitalizations for coronavirus related disease or suspicion are down by 3%, for a total of 7,718. In the last 24 hours, hospitals recorded 814 COVID-19 discharges. While the Governor acknowledged this as a good sign, Murphy also continued his plea for social distancing.
"This is a pandemic the likes of which we haven’t seen in a century," said the New Jersey governor. "If you have been keeping your eyes and your mind closed to the facts and to science, please open them – WIDE – before you become one of the numbers I report here every day."
Murphy's assertions appear to correlate to his claims. The more densely populated areas in New Jersey are experiencing the greatest incidence of the disease. Here is a complete breakdown of Ocean County's numbers by population: