MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ — The coronavirus continues to take a grim toll on Monmouth County, impacting local businesses and schools in the region, according to updated state data (see town-by-town update below).
The state Department of Health's most recent "COVID-19 Activity Level Report," which is issued weekly, says Monmouth County is in the “red zone” for coronavirus cases.
Monmouth County reported a 10-month total of 32,339 cases on Saturday, an increase of about 2,184 over last week.
Monmouth is among a number of counties that have started vaccination programs, announced immunization sites or both. Read more: Updated Information As Monmouth Co. COVID Vaccine Sites Announced
The “red zone,” meanwhile, means the daily new COVID-19 virus case rate, per 100,000 people, rose to "very high" in all 21 counties. That means they exceed 25 cases per 1,000 people.
The latest reports say the overall coronavirus activity level also rose from "moderate," or “yellow,” to "high," or “orange,” in recent weeks in all 21 New Jersey counties.
With the rise to a "high" level, state officials said, school districts in those counties may have to take more serious steps — such as quarantining or even shutting down schools — if a child shows the symptoms of COVID-19.
"When it is high risk, there are some recommendations that we make together with local school boards," said Edward Lifshitz, medical director for the state Department of Health.
Indeed, a number of school districts have shifted to remote instruction as the numbers have risen.
The overall coronavirus risk rose to "high" in each of the counties because:
The new daily case rate in each of the counties rose to 10 or more per 100,000 people.
The percent of COVID-19-like illnesses rose above 5.52 in each of the counties.
The percent of positive cases rose above 10.01.
Monmouth County officials provided the following breakdown of cases by town:
Asbury Park: 840
Atlantic Highlands: 143
Bradley Beach: 183
Colts Neck: 490
Fair Haven: 220
Freehold Borough: 998
Freehold Township: 1876
Lake Como: 85
Little Silver: 233
Loch Arbour: 11
Long Branch: 2251
Millstone Township: 412
Monmouth Beach: 135
Neptune City: 245
Neptune Township: 1681
Red Bank: 1046
Sea Bright: 75
Sea Girt: 109
Shrewsbury Borough: 269
Shrewsbury Township: 58
Spring Lake: 106
Spring Lake Heights: 194
Tinton Falls: 839
Union Beach: 230
Upper Freehold: 303