BY THE NUMBERS: Total of 37,505 Positive Cases in New Jersey, 2,351 in Monmouth County, 5 in Belmar, 4 in Lake Como

TRENTON, NJ  — In a move primarily aimed at keeping people from heading to the Jersey Shore during the coronavirus crisis, the state is giving local and county officials the power to prohibit all short-term and seasonal rentals for the duration of the public health emergency.

“We have heard too many stories, especially from our shore communities, of people trying to relocate, for the time being, into their towns from impacted areas,” said Gov. Phil Murphy in announcing the new order at his April 4 press briefing.

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“Many of our shore communities lack the health care infrastructure to accommodate an influx of part-time residents. New Jerseyans should stay at their primary place of residence for the duration of this emergency,” he said.

Under an administrative order, municipalities and counties are permitted to impose restrictions on hotels, motels, guest houses or private residences to accept new transient guests or seasonal tenants.

It expands a previous order that allowed towns and counties to restrict online marketplaces for arranging and offering lodging.

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The administrative order is a way to prevent people from relocating from communities that have been more affected by the coronavirus, according to Col. Patrick Callahan, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.

“The only way we will flatten the curve is by continuing to practice social distancing and by traveling only when necessary,” he said.

The order stipulates that municipalities and counties may not impose restrictions on individuals housed in state-sponsored shelters or temporarily living in residences receiving governmental housing, as well as health care workers taking temporary residence.

Click here for the administrative order.

Meanwhile, Monmouth County health officials reported on April 5 that the number of positive coronavirus numbers now stands at 2,351 — an increase of 286 cases over the previous day.

While Belmar’s total rose by one case to five, Lake Como’s remained at four. Currently, 52 of Monmouth’s 53 municipalities have at least one reported case of COVID-19. Interlaken remains the only town without a reported case.

Here is the breakdown municipality:

  • Aberdeen: 65
  • Allenhurst: 1
  • Allentown: 1
  • Asbury Park: 41
  • Atlantic Highlands: 10
  • Avon-by-the-Sea: 5
  • Belmar: 5
  • Bradley Beach: 10
  • Brielle: 12
  • Colts Neck: 31
  • Deal: 19
  • Eatontown: 67
  • Englishtown: 9
  • Fair Haven: 14
  • Farmingdale: 7
  • Freehold Borough: 50
  • Freehold Township: 166
  • Hazlet: 91
  • Highlands: 8
  • Holmdel: 78
  • Howell: 205
  • Keansburg: 35
  • Keyport: 21
  • Lake Como: 4
  • Little Silver: 19
  • Loch Arbour: 1
  • Long Branch: 104
  • Manalapan: 210
  • Manasquan: 18
  • Marlboro: 193
  • Matawan: 47
  • Middletown: 217
  • Millstone: 28
  • Monmouth Beach: 10
  • Neptune City: 11
  • Neptune Township: 116
  • Ocean: 98
  • Oceanport: 26
  • Red Bank: 42
  • Roosevelt: 2
  • Rumson: 21
  • Sea Bright: 5
  • Sea Girt: 8
  • Shrewsbury Borough: 19
  • Shrewsbury Township: 3
  • Spring Lake: 6
  • Spring Lake Heights: 9
  • Tinton Falls: 39
  • Union Beach: 14
  • Upper Freehold: 20
  • Wall: 84
  • West Long Branch: 24
  • Unknown: 2

While the county total is three fewer 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.

The state reported on April 5 that there were 3,482 new positive cases for a total of 37,505 — the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the nation after New York with nearly 122,000 new cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

In addition, the virus claimed the lives of another 71 New Jerseyans — a drop from 200 deaths reported the previous day. The statewide death total is now 917, including four more in Monmouth County, where there have been 58 COVID-19 related deaths.

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