BARNEGAT, NJ - Since the coronavirus first became a reality in Barnegat, Chief of Police Keith Germain has provided regular updates. A few weeks ago, he moved to Facebook live and also allowed for residents to ask questions and answers. Last night's briefing is available for review here.
Germain started by providing an analysis of the confirmed COVID-19 cases within the township, which are currently at 192. On April 6th, there were only 60 positive test results reported in Barnegat. The chief pointed out that the numbers began doubling up to that point every 3-5 days.
"It only took use eight days to double from the 60," said Germain. "On April 14, we were just about there with 119 cases."
More than three weeks later, confirmed cases have not doubled. If positive test results continue to come in at three to four cases, it would take the municipality another eleven days to ger to the doubling point. According to Germain, the idea that the doubling changed from a week to a month is a great sign.
"We can see what we are doing is working and that the curve is flattening out," Germain shared.
As parks, the rail trail, and the Barnegat docks open tomorrow, the Barnegat chief reminded residents to wear masks and social distance . Masks are a means of sick people, including those who are asymptomatic, to avoid unintentional spread of the disease.
Germain shared local law enforcement statistics that have changed since COVID-19 became an issue. More people are out on the road and therefore, motor vehicle accidents and stops have increased. Domestic violence continues as ongoing reason for police attention. The call volume for first aid assistance has also increased. Barnegat police take precautions to ensure safety when handling calls.
In response to questions about recovery from the virus, the Barnegat chief referred to the ambiguity in the definition of recovery. He also referenced the research provided in this article.
Once again, Germain provided answers to questions on the minds of residents. It's worth the thirty minutes to hear the updates firsthand.