OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – Ocean County saw a ten percent increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the month of June. Mantoloking remains the only municipality within the county with no reported positive test results.

The Ocean County Health Department continues to collect COVID-19 data from various sources, including swabs performed by private companies. Authorities have dispelled the myth that individuals who test positive more than once are recorded as separate results.

New Jersey has still not established criteria as far as the definition of recovery. It is therefore impossible to determine how many of the listed cases remain active. Some of the numbers represent individuals who have died or continue to suffer severe consequences as a result of COVID-19.

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In Southern Ocean County, Lacey experienced the most significant increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases. They moved from 219 to 253 new positive test results. The 34 new cases represent a 15.5 percent increase.

Twenty new people tested positive in Stafford, moving from 237 to 257 confirmed cases, or an 8.4 percent increase. Barnegat was up 17, from 245 to 262, representing a 6.9 percent increase. Ocean Township (Waretown) saw a rise of 4.4 percent, moving from 45 to 47 positive test results.

While 216 new confirmed cases were reported in Lakewood, it represented a 9.2 percent increase from 2353 to 2569. Berkeley had the highest percentage of positive test results, with an 18 percent increase from 612 to 722.

The Ocean County Health Department breaks down the number of positive test results by age. Children under the age of 18 make up only a small percentage of confirmed cases.  Nearly 34 percent of those who test positive are between the ages of 19 and 44.  Those who fall between the ages of 45 and 64 account for 30 percent.

Those over the age of 65 who tested positive represent nearly 33 percent of the total in Ocean County. However, almost 85 percent of those whose death was coronavirus related were over the age of 65. The youngest fatality was 20 years old; the oldest was approaching 104 years old.

The Ocean County Health Department now reports 887 COVID-19 related deaths.  This is a nearly twenty percent increase from the end of May.  In Barnegat, fatalities have increased to 13, while five additional people have reportedly died from the virus in Stafford, for a total of 28 lives lost.

Hospital census reports help measure the severity of the disease. Currently, 1,080 individuals who are hospitalized are being treated for the coronavirus. Of that number, 304 occupy beds in one of the hospitals in Central Jersey. Ventilator use, which was once neared 60 percent capacity, is now at 5.7 percent.

Authorities continue to use various methods to gauge the status of the transmittal of COVID-19.  New Jersey’s rate of transmission has been as low as .65.  One data source shows that New Jersey is now at .91. Experts estimate that anything above 1.0 increases the rate of the spread.

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