N.J. Health Commissioner Cites Rise in New Coronavirus Cases in Ocean, Monmouth Counties

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy began Friday’s COVID-19 press briefing on a somber note by expressing his outrage over two gunmen who fired on the home of two Camden County police officers while their newborn baby was inside.

The gunmen shot at the officers’ home in Camden late Tuesday, September 15, and struck the home at least six times, according to Camden police. The couple were inside the home, but they and the baby were unharmed, police said.

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“I am disgusted, disgusted, by the despicable and cowardly actions of an individual or individuals who fired six rounds into the house of two Camden Police officers last night,” Murphy said during the September 18 press briefing. “We need to find the people responsible for this heinous act and bring them to justice.”

“Our police are not just the women and men who protect our communities. In many cases, they are members of the same communities where they serve. They are our friends, they are our neighbors,” he added.

He urged anyone with any information about the shooting to call Camden County police at 856-757-7042 or the Citizens Crime Commission tip line at 215-546-8477.

New Environmental Legislation Signed into Law

The governor announced that earlier in the day he signed into law legislation that requires the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to evaluate the environmental and public health impacts of certain facilities on overburdened communities when reviewing certain permit applications.

The environmental justice legislation requires the DEP to evaluate the environmental and public health impacts of the following facilities on overburdened communities when reviewing the following permit applications:

  • Major sources of air pollution (i.e. gas fired power plants and cogeneration facilities).
  • Resource recovery facilities or incinerators; sludge processing facilities.
  • Sewage treatment plants with a capacity of more than 50 million gallons per day.
  • Transfer stations or solid waste facilities.
  • Recycling facilities that receive at least 100 tons of recyclable material per day.
  • Scrap metal facilities.
  • Landfills and medical waste incinerators, except those attendant to hospitals and universities.

Latest COVID Numbers

Murphy reported that there are 519 new positive COVID-19 test results recorded, which pushes the statewide cumulative total since March 4 to 198,848. There are 413 patients in New Jersey hospitals (221 COVID-19 positive patients and 192 “Persons Under Investigation” pending the return of test results). Among hospitalized patients, 73 are in intensive care and 36 are on ventilators.

Five additional COVID-19 deaths brings the statewide total of confirmed deaths to 14,270.

The governor continues to encourage New Jerseyans to cooperate with contact tracers. “If a contact tracer reaches out to you, take the call. For the sake of your health, your family’s health, and for our ability to defeat #COVID19,” said Murphy, adding that the state has 1,864 tracers on-the-ground, which represents 21 contact tracers for every 100,000 New Jersey residents.

In her report, N.J. Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli specifically noted that Ocean and Monmouth Counties led the state in the week ending on September 17 with a total of 736 new cases. Ocean County had 112 cases alone on September 17 and 93 today, September 18 — the highest of all counties. Monmouth County registered the second highest tallies in the past two days — 83 new cases on September 17 and 51 new cases on September 18, according to the state data. There have been four coronavirus-related deaths in Monmouth since September 12. 

The data also showed that young adults and adolescents represented the largest increases — 27 percent among 20- to 29-year-old residents and about 17 percent among 10- to 19-year-olds.

“Case investigations are just beginning for these new reports,” Persichilli said. “Public health investigators will interview each individual ask where they have been and who they have been in contact with. As the investigation progresses, we will learn more about their exposures and if there is any common link among the cases.”

Below is Gov. Murphy's September 18 press briefing: 

 

Cases by the Numbers in Monmouth County

The cumulative breakdown of positive COVID-19 cases by municipality in Monmouth County is as follows:

 

 

September 18

September 17

Aberdeen:

270

268

Allenhurst:

17

19

Allentown:

19

20

Asbury Park:

351

354

Atlantic Highlands:

49

49

Avon-by-the-Sea:

22

22

Belmar:

67

66

Bradley Beach:

74

76

Brielle:

87

86

Colts Neck:

119

117

Deal:

61

61

Eatontown:

372

367

Englishtown:

55

50

Fair Haven:

51

51

Farmingdale:

16

18

Freehold Borough:

476

473

Freehold Township:

846

837

Hazlet:

395

397

Highlands:

48

48

Holmdel:

367

363

Howell:

894

896

Interlaken:

9

9

Keansburg:

245

238

Keyport:

114

114

Lake Como:

18

20

Little Silver:

70

67

Loch Arbour:

3

2

Long Branch:

735

729

Manalapan:

653

647

Manasquan:

81

83

Marlboro:

630

632

Matawan:

238

236

Middletown:

1014

1015

Millstone Township:

126

127

Monmouth Beach:

34

37

Neptune City:

86

78

Neptune Township:

726

721

Ocean:

481

479

Oceanport:

86

84

Red Bank:

348

348

Roosevelt:

10

10

Rumson:

99

97

Sea Bright:

15

14

Sea Girt:

39

40

Shrewsbury Borough:

82

80

Shrewsbury Township:

12

11

Spring Lake:

40

39

Spring Lake Heights:

60

58

Tinton Falls:

256

262

Union Beach:

42

44

Upper Freehold:

81

83

Wall:

547

541

West Long Branch:

102

104