Point Pleasant Boro, Point Pleasant Beach COVID-19 Numbers Jump

Tom Davis
·8 min read

POINT PLEASANT — With New Jersey entering the second wave of the coronavirus, the disease's presence in Point Pleasant Boro and Point Pleasant Beach has continued to rise over the past month.

Point Pleasant Boro's cases rose from 311 on Sept. 21st to 394 on Thursday, a 21 percent increase. Point Boro's fatalities have increased slightly since then, rising from 27 to 28.

After months of flat numbers, Point Pleasant Beach's cases also have risen sharply since Sept. 21st, rising from 43 to 54, a 25 percent increase. Five people have died.

The increase in cases comes as Gov. Phil Murphy announced that the second wave of the coronavirus has begun in New Jersey. The Garden State has had 12 straight days of new daily cases topping 1,000, the most in five months. Read more: Gov. Murphy: NJ's Second Wave Of The Coronavirus Is Here

Murphy, however, has said he doesn't plan to reverse any reopenings. In fact, Murphy has suggested that he may allow schools and businesses to expand their capacity if the state can find a way to manage the spread.

State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said contact tracers have been redeployed to Ocean County to investigate if the new cases are related.

Persichilli said New Jersey has seen new cases linked to not only to celebratory gatherings but also solemn gatherings such as in funerals.

"No matter the reason, this increase in cases reminds us that this virus is unrelenting," she said. "It treats everyone the same. We are fighting an invisible enemy, and we must continue to be cognizant of that fact, and we must continue to be vigilant to protect ourselves and our loved ones."

Point Pleasant Boro officials say they've also had cases at a nursing home.

"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.

In June, Crest Pointe Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Point Pleasant reported that the facility had 85 patients diagnosed with the coronavirus and 22 members of staff. Nineteen residents had died.

"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."

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

CASES:

  • Point Pleasant Boro had 394 cases and 28 deaths as of Monday, Oct. 29th, and Point Pleasant Beach had 54 cases and 5 deaths, according to the Ocean County Health Department.

ASSISTANCE:

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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.

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This article originally appeared on the Point Pleasant Patch