Point Pleasant Boro Coronavirus Cases, Fatalities Rise Slightly

Tom Davis

POINT PLEASANT — Despite the fact that new cases have flattened statewide, Point Pleasant Boro's coronavirus presence increased slightly in recent weeks. Fatalities rose from 29 on June 18th to 31 on Tuesday, a 6 percent increase.

Point Pleasant Boro's case total increased from 227 on June 18th to 238 on Tuesday, a 4 percent increase.

Gov. Phil Murphy has pointed to the Jersey Shore and the crowds at various bars and restaurants as a reason for why he postponed the reopening of indoor dining this week. Read more: Gov. Murphy Postpones NJ Indoor Dining Reopen Amid Coronavirus

Customers at Jenkinson's and elsewhere in the Point Pleasant area, however, have largely followed social distancing guidelines, officials say.

Rides and arcades on the boardwalk will be allowed to reopen on Thursday.

Point Pleasant Beach's numbers, meanwhile, have remained flat since June 6th. As of Monday, 35 cases were reported in the community and five people have died.

Crest Pointe Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Point Pleasant reported that the facility has had 85 patients diagnosed with the coronavirus and 22 members of staff. Nineteen residents – one more since June 18th – have died.

"It should be noted that a large portion of our cases here in Point Pleasant have come from nursing homes and adult care facilities as with so many other communities," Point Pleasant Boro Mayor Robert Sabosik has said in a statement to residents.

"We know this because nursing homes and care facilities are required to report their numbers and that has become public information. These facilities house some of our most vulnerable residents and our thoughts and prayers are with them as they are with everyone."

Read more: NJ Coronavirus, Reopen Updates: Here's What You Need To Know

Here are the latest local updates from Point Pleasant Boro and Point Pleasant Beach:

CASES:

  • Point Pleasant Boro had 238 cases and 31 deaths as of Tuesday, June 30th, and Point Pleasant Beach had 35 cases and 5 deaths, according to the Ocean County Health Department.

ASSISTANCE:

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BUSINESSES:

GOVERNMENT ACTION AND FINANCES:

HOSPITALS AND TESTING:

  • Hackensack Meridian offers COVID19 testing at its nine urgent care centers in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
  • Immediate care of Marlboro is offering a drive-thru COVID19 test in the Marlboro Medical Arts site located at 479 Rt 520 in Marlboro. Testing is by appointment only at (855) 925-5467 ext 0.
  • The PNC Bank Arts Center is a regional FEMA drive-thru test location and is open for testing every other day from 8 a.m. to 4pm for up to 500 persons per day. Click here for PNC Arts Test Center info & schedule.
  • On every Saturday, the PNC Bank Arts Center site will be dedicated to symptomatic health care workers and first responders -- police, fire, and EMS -- with valid credentials only. The general public will not be able to access this site on Saturdays.
  • Central Jersey Urgent Care is testing up to 80 patients daily at Eatontown, Howell and Marlboro.

OTHER CANCELLATIONS/CLOSURES

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How It Spreads

The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.

While the best way to prevent illness is to avoid virus exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention always recommends taking preventive actions to contain the spread of viruses. This includes:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

This article originally appeared on the Point Pleasant Patch