NEW JERSEY — The number of Monmouth County residents testing positive for the coronavirus is now 238 with another 80 new cases, including the first in Lake Como, according to health officials.

While the borough was made aware of a positive case, it was not given any other information, said Lake Como Mayor Kevin Higgins. “As the state and the country continue to test for this virus, we will see more and more positives,” he said. “We must continue to practice social distancing is order to stem the tide and flatten the curve of the infections.”

The Monmouth County Health Department on March 23 released a breakdown by municipality of 51 of the total 80 new cases, based on the latest information it received from local and regional health departments that serve the county, as well as from the state health department for testing performed by private and commercial laboratories:

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  • Aberdeen: 7
  • Asbury Park: 4
  • Atlantic Highlands: 1
  • Belmar: 1
  • Bradley Beach: 1
  • Brielle: 2
  • Colts Neck: 8
  • Eatontown: 11
  • Englishtown: 2
  • Farmingdale: 1
  • Freehold Borough: 1
  • Freehold Township: 28
  • Hazlet: 15
  • Holmdel: 5
  • Howell: 17
  • Keansburg: 2
  • Keyport: 1
  • Lake Como: 1
  • Little Silver: 3
  • Manalapan: 22
  • Manasquan: 3
  • Marlboro: 21
  • Matawan: 2
  • Middletown: 7
  • Millstone: 1
  • Monmouth Beach: 1
  • Neptune: 11, including one new case in Ocean Grove
  • Neptune City: 1
  • Ocean: 4
  • Oceanport: 4
  • Red Bank: 2
  • Rumson: 1
  • Sea Girt: 1
  • Shrewsbury: 2
  • Tinton Falls: 4
  • Wall: 4
  • Upper Freehold: 4
  • West Long Branch: 1

In New Jersey, the number of deaths resulting from COVID-19 rose by seven to 27 — five men and two women who ranged in age from 57 to 91. Two were from Bergen County and one each in Essex, Passaic, Union, Somerset and Warren Counties. One case was associated with a long-term care facility and two of the deceased had pre-existing conditions, according to state health officials at their March 23 press briefing.

The number of positive cases climbed by 935 to 2,844 — the second highest total in the nation behind New York and California, according to state and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

State Health Commissioner Judith Persichelli said the increase is not surprising since a growing number of people continue to be tested. Among those efforts locally is the opening of the community testing site at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.

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However, she could not provide information on the total number of coronavirus tests given, the number of people who have recovered or on the number of hospitalized people who currently occupy critical care beds due to the COVID-19. She also did not elaborate on which hospitals are considered “stressed” in anticipation of receiving patients with the coronavirus.

Persichelli said there are 600 persons hospitalized who are considered “under investigation” and awaiting their tests results and another 100 who have tested positive. However, she did not elaborate on the conditions of those patients or where they are hospitalized.

 

CORONAVIRUS: STAYING ‘IN THE KNOW’

A new, online COVID-19 Information Hub has been created by the N.J. Office of Innovation, providing live updates, resources and other vital information on the coronavirus.

For more information on novel coronavirus, click here to access the N.J. Department of Health website and click here for the latest details from CDC. 

Anyone with questions can call the N.J. Poison Control Center hot line at 1-800-222-1222  or email ncov@dohnj.gov.

NJ 211 has been activated to help handle COVID-19 related calls from residents. Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.

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