Positive COVID-19 cases now total 2,577, deaths at 62 in Monmouth County

TRENTON, NJ — Two weeks into what he called New Jersey’s “aggressive push for social distancing,” Gov. Phil Murphy said there are signs that efforts to flatten the coronavirus curve are working.

Based on real-time data, the growth rate of new COVID-19 cases has dropped day-over-day from 24 percent on March 30 to 12 percent today, he announced during his April 6 press briefing.

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“Efforts to flatten the curve are starting to pay off, even with the lag time of getting back test results,” Murphy said, adding there may be days with spikes and dips. “While we’re not anywhere close to being out of the woods, we are clearly on the right path to get there.”

The promising news came on the same day that the number of deaths related to coronavirus complications reached 1,003 in New Jersey with the inclusion of 83 newly reported lives lost over the past 24 hours.

In addition, another 3,663 new positives cases bring the statewide total to 41,090. As a result, New Jersey remains the state with the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the nation, ranking far behind New York with nearly 131,000 new cases but way ahead of Michigan with 15,718 and California with 15,207, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

In Monmouth County, the total number of positive coronavirus numbers climbed by 226, reaching 2,577 on April 6, and its death total increased by four to 62, according to health officials.

While Belmar’s total was adjusted down by one to four cases, Lake Como’s increased by one to five. The following is the breakdown of the 52 of Monmouth’s 53 municipalities that have at least one reported case of COVID-19. Interlaken remains the only town without a reported case.

  • Aberdeen: 68
  • Allenhurst: 1
  • Allentown: 1
  • Asbury Park: 45
  • Atlantic Highlands: 10
  • Avon-by-the-Sea: 8
  • Belmar: 4
  • Bradley Beach: 11
  • Brielle: 12
  • Colts Neck: 33
  • Deal: 19
  • Eatontown: 73
  • Englishtown: 11
  • Fair Haven: 15
  • Farmingdale: 9
  • Freehold Borough: 58
  • Freehold Township: 181
  • Hazlet: 100
  • Highlands: 8
  • Holmdel: 80
  • Howell: 226
  • Keansburg: 35
  • Keyport: 24
  • Lake Como: 5
  • Little Silver: 21
  • Loch Arbour: 1
  • Long Branch: 117
  • Manalapan: 228
  • Manasquan: 20
  • Marlboro: 205
  • Matawan: 56
  • Middletown: 232
  • Millstone: 33
  • Monmouth Beach: 11
  • Neptune City: 11
  • Neptune Township: 130
  • Ocean: 118
  • Oceanport: 31
  • Red Bank: 49
  • Roosevelt: 2
  • Rumson: 23
  • Sea Bright: 6
  • Sea Girt: 8
  • Shrewsbury Borough: 20
  • Shrewsbury Township: 3
  • Spring Lake: 6
  • Spring Lake Heights: 10
  • Tinton Falls: 41
  • Union Beach: 15
  • Upper Freehold: 22
  • Wall: 91
  • West Long Branch: 28
  • Unknown: 2

While the county total is 48 more cases than state's latest count, officials note that agencies report COVID-19 information at different times every day, and verification can also result in discrepancies in the reported numbers.

In other highlights from Murphy’s briefing:

  • The White House granted New Jersey’s request for access to some of the 1,000 beds on the USNS Comfort, docked off Manhattan, which will now treat coronavirus patients
  • A new executive order allows retired public employees, including law enforcement personnel and health care workers, to return to work without having an impact on their pension status.
  • In a continuing crackdown of residents who violate the state’s stay-at-home order, New Jersey State Police Superintendent Patrick J. Callahan reported that John Maldjian, 54, of Rumson was charged with reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, and two separate charges related to violating the emergency orders — all disorderly persons offenses — and violations of two borough ordinances for a Pink Floyd porch party at his home on April 4. Also charged was party-goer, Ryan Sheftel, 46, also of Rumson, for disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

CORONAVIRUS: STAYING ‘IN THE KNOW’

The  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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