TRENTON, NJ — The number of positive coronavirus cases in Monmouth County reached 1,743 — an increase of 256 — while virus-related deaths rose by 10 to 48, according to health officials.

The statewide total of COVID-19 positive cases climbed by 4,372 to 29,895 and the number of deaths rose by 112 to 646, according to the latest statistics released during Gov. Phil Murphy’s press briefing on April 3.  

In addition, 27,219 of 64,827 tests given yielded positive results, compared to 37,608 negative results — for a positivity rate of nearly 42 percent.

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Of the 3,016 persons hospitalized who have tested positive for the disease, 1,227 are on ventilators — or 41 percent, said state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, adding that another some 3,000 hospitalized patients remain under investigation for COVID-19. 

Monmouth County officials on April 3 provided this breakdown of the 50 municipalities with COVID-19 positive cases, with Belmar and Lake Como’s tallies remaining at four each:

  • Aberdeen: 47
  • Allentown: 1
  • Asbury Park: 29
  • Atlantic Highlands: 8
  • Avon-by-the-Sea: 3
  • Belmar: 4
  • Bradley Beach: 8
  • Brielle: 10
  • Colts Neck: 25
  • Deal: 9
  • Eatontown: 49
  • Englishtown: 9
  • Fair Haven: 14
  • Farmingdale: 8
  • Freehold Borough: 20
  • Freehold Township: 122
  • Hazlet: 68
  • Highlands: 6
  • Holmdel: 59
  • Howell: 143
  • Keansburg: 37
  • Keyport: 12
  • Lake Como: 4
  • Little Silver: 17
  • Loch Arbour: 1
  • Long Branch: 73
  • Manalapan: 152
  • Manasquan: 15
  • Marlboro: 126
  • Matawan: 35
  • Middletown: 156
  • Millstone: 15
  • Monmouth Beach: 7
  • Neptune City: 9
  • Neptune Township: 80
  • Ocean: 71
  • Oceanport: 19
  • Red Bank: 34
  • Rumson: 19
  • Sea Bright: 3
  • Sea Girt: 7
  • Shrewsbury Borough: 16
  • Shrewsbury Township: 3
  • Spring Lake: 5
  • Spring Lake Heights: 8
  • Tinton Falls: 31
  • Union Beach: 2
  • Upper Freehold: 15
  • Wall: 66
  • West Long Branch: 20

County officials noted that only 1,702 cases are included in the breakdown since agencies report COVID-19 information at different times every day, and verification can also result in discrepancies in the reported numbers. Allenhurst, Interlaken and Roosevelt are the only municipalities in Monmouth with no reported cases of the virus.

The Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) said it is working with state and federal partners to share information and quickly provide updated guidance to its stakeholders and the public.

With the assistance of its volunteer nurses, it said it has reduced the time it takes to identify persons with positive test results in order to identify possible exposures to the disease. By undertaking “contact tracing,” those who have been exposed can properly self-isolate or be quarantined, it explained.

Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure of healthy people to others who have, or may have, the disease, according to a MCHD release.

The health department continues to operate a county phone bank to help respond to questions by the public. Staffed with the help of medical reserve corps volunteers and disaster response crisis counselors, the phone bank has received 344 calls since March 27 when it opened. It can be reached at 732-845-2070 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

MCHD is also working with the operators of long-term care facilities in addressing residents’ concerns and in offering guidance on ways to enhance infection control procedures, as well as with Monmouth’s Office of Emergency Management to monitor staffing and personal protective equipment (PPE) levels at these facilities.

The county’s PPE donation drop-off site in Thompson Park closed on Friday, April 3. In 10 days, the center collected 2,294 masks, 89,900 gloves, 408 gowns/protective suits and numerous bottles of hand sanitizers from 24 donors. Anyone who still wishes to donate can contact the Office of Emergency Management at 732-431-7400.

 

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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