TRENTON, NJ — Monmouth County has the slowest rate of coronavirus spread in the state, according to Gov. Phil Murphy.

During this April 4 press briefing, he cited a New York Times analysis that showed the rate of new positive COVID-19 cases are doubling every five days in Monmouth County, compared to the state’s other 20 counties where the doubling rate is every three days or less.

In the past several weeks, Monmouth County also has dropped from having the fourth- to seventh-highest number of positive coronavirus cases among the state’s 21 counties.

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In the latest release of statistics by state officials, positive COVID-19 cases rose by more than 300 to 2,065 in Monmouth, while deaths related to the virus now total 54 — an increase of six. One of those lives lost was retired Army Col. Samuel Fuoco of Eatontown, a recipient of the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the state’s top military honor, and a supporter of the Monmouth County Sheriff Office's Veterans Service Council.

Another 4,372 new positive cases were added to the statewide total, which now stands at 34,124 — the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the nation after New York with nearly 114,000 new cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.  

With 72,153 individuals being tested, the state has a 42.85 percent positivity rate, the state reported.

Two hundred new deaths related to the coronavirus throughout New Jersey brings that total to 846, with the following breakdown:

  • 61 percent were male and 39 percent female.
  • 46 percent were over age of 80.
  • 32 percent were between age 65 and 79.
  • 35 percent had pre-existing conditions.
  • 135 of the deaths were associated with long-term care facilities. 

There are now 4,000 persons hospitalized who have tested positive for the disease, including 1,263 who are on ventilators, said state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.

In addition, 148 of 375 long-term care facilities in the state have at least one resident testing positive for the coronavirus.

Persichilli also reported that nine hospitals were on divert on April 3: six on full divert because of staffing issues and 3 on critical care divert — prompting her to issue a critical alert for volunteers. Medical professionals interested in volunteering can visit covid19.nj.gov/volunteer

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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