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Officials Link Monmouth County’s Spike in Coronavirus Cases to Gatherings, Businesses, Youth Sports

Active Cases in Belmar Reported at 7, While Last Count in Lake Como Stands at 3

TRENTON, NJ — State health officials are monitoring an uptick this past week in new coronavirus cases in four counties, including Monmouth.

From September 21 to September 25, nearly 1,040 new cases were reported in Ocean with 439, Monmouth with 248, Middlesex with 220 and Gloucester with 130, according to N.J. Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.

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In Monmouth and Ocean, the rise has been among 18- to 29-year-olds, she said, adding that in Monmouth the increase may be related to “various activities such as house gatherings and business operations.”

While she did not further elaborate on that statement made during Gov. Murphy’s September 25 press briefing, Persichelli said that the state is working on a request by Monmouth County for additional contact tracers.

“We are reminding people that social distancing and masking is critical to protect people when they gather and participate in group activities,” she said.

During a press conference on September 24, Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone addressed the issue as well, including where county officials believe the increases are occurring.

“The Monmouth County Health Department’s (MCHD) case investigations have determined the bulk of exposures are from youth athletic facilities, school sports practices and gatherings that occurred during Labor Day weekend and almost half of the new cases are young adults between the ages of 16 and 25,” he said.

“It is also important to note that MCHD has conducted a thorough review all the COVID-19 cases in the 29 towns they serve and no cases have been linked to restaurants or retail food establishments at this time,” Arnone added.

In providing an update on the county’s COVID-19 testing program, Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley reported that 57 of nearly 2,750 tests administered have come back with positive results. The program offers free testing at certain locations in Asbury Park, Freehold Borough, Keansburg, Long Branch, Neptune and Red Bank through October 17.

“These low positivity percentages can be attributed to wearing masks, practicing social distancing and getting tested for the virus,” she said.

READ MORE: Monmouth County Offers Free COVID-19 Testing through Mid-October

Monmouth County reported on September 25 there were 57 new positive cases of COVID-19 (compared to the state’s number of 51) and no new deaths. State statistics also show that Monmouth has 11,726 cumulative cases and 775 deaths from the virus.

While the statistics below reflect the cumulative totals of positive COVID-19 cases for municipalities throughout the county, it should be noted that in Belmar and Lake Como, the actual current totals are far less.

In Belmar, there are seven positive cases, compared to its total count of 73 tallied since the beginning of the public health crisis, according to Business Administrator Edward Kirschenbaum. In Lake Como, where the cumulative total stands at 25, Mayor Kevin Higgins reported that the current active total is three, as of September 17.

 

























































Aberdeen:

273

Allenhurst:

28

Allentown:

19

Asbury Park:

354

Atlantic Highlands:

50

Avon-by-the-Sea:

23

Belmar:


Belmar officials on September 25 reported seven current cases after recoveries and individuals who live in other municipalities but share the Belmar 07719 zip code are removed from the borough’s total.

73


 


 

 


Bradley Beach:

76

Brielle:

89

Colts Neck:

127

Deal:

74

Eatontown:

405

Englishtown:

51

Fair Haven:

57

Farmingdale:

18

Freehold Borough:

494

Freehold Township:

866

Hazlet:

404

Highlands:

51

Holmdel:

377

Howell:

922

Interlaken:

9

Keansburg:

241

Keyport:

115

Lake Como:


Lake Como on September 15 reported its current total stands at no active cases.

25 


 

Little Silver:

78

Loch Arbour:

3

Long Branch:

752

Manalapan:

659

Manasquan:

82

Marlboro:

673

Matawan:

238

Middletown:

1034

Millstone Township:

134

Monmouth Beach:

37

Neptune City:

75

Neptune Township:

731

Ocean:

518

Oceanport:

88

Red Bank:

349

Roosevelt:

10

Rumson:

99

Sea Bright:

20

Sea Girt:

40

Shrewsbury Borough:

79

Shrewsbury Township:

12

Spring Lake:

42

Spring Lake Heights:

61

Tinton Falls:

255

Union Beach:

45

Upper Freehold:

83

Wall:

553

West Long Branch:

122

Unknown:

0

 

Below is a video of Gov. Murphy’s September 26 briefing, which includes Persichilli’s comments:

 

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