Ocean County Positive Covid-19 Cases Climb To 1,408
The amount of positive Covid-19 coronavirus cases in Ocean County has risen to 1,408 in the latest tally Thursday afternoon by the Ocean County Health Department which includes 152 new cases.
Lakewood Township has 524 of the 1,480 cases in Ocean County.
Toms River has the second most with 221, Brick has 139 cases.
Many people and groups across Ocean County have been hunkering down and staying home, but others have not and are being criminally charged for violating Governor Murphy's executive order.
Ocean County Public Health Coordinator Dan Regenye says one of the reasons social distancing is so important is to prevent exposure of the virus.
"Anytime you have a group of people coming together, that's the root of exposure of most concern when people get within six-feet of each other for prolonged periods of time," Regenye told WOBM News.
He said we need to everything to protect each other especially the high risk populations which are senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions.
Here is the updated positive case count in Ocean County:
|Little Egg Harbor||10|
|Long Beach Township||5|
|Ocean Twp. (Waretown)||4|
|Point Pleasant Beach||4|
|Point Pleasant Borough||48|
|South Toms River||17|
*The data represented above by the Ocean County Health Department identifies the municipality or mailing address which was self-reported by the resident at the time of testing. It may not necessarily represent the municipality of residence.
- The first case of the coronavirus to reach Ocean County was confirmed in Manchester Township when a 72-year old man contracted the disease.
- The potential exposure of the coronavirus to a Manchester Police Officer and EMT's who responded to a first aid call last week of a man who later tested positive for the disease led to them being asked to self-quarantine as a precaution.
- The Ocean County Health Department/Office of Emergency Management has opened up a drive-thru testing center for Ocean County residents at Ocean County College.
- Lakewood Police have broken up multiple weddings and other large social gatherings across different neighborhoods in the township over the last couple weeks, several criminal complaints were issued for violation of Governor Murphy's 'Do Not Gather' Directive.
- Ocean County Emergency Management and Ocean County Health Department officials are continuing to meet daily to not only address the ongoing pandemic but be prepared for any future events.
- As the amount of positive coronavirus cases continue to rise in New Jersey, Police Chiefs in Ocean County are coming up with alternate response methods to keep officers safe as well as residents.
Ocean County Public Health Coordinator Dan Regenye said that if you experience symptoms such as a fever, dry cough or have difficulty breathing, start by remaining calm, then call your primary care physician, insurance company and even the Ocean County Health Department.
"If they do experience any of these symptoms the major thing is not to panic but to stay informed and contact their health care provider if they have any concerns," Regenye said. "If they're working with us, and we're either self-monitoring or we're working with them to be tested...if their symptoms get worse, we would ask them not to present themselves at the hospital or their physicians office. Work with us and we'll get you to the proper level of care with the proper notice to those establishments so you can get the proper level of treatment that's needed."