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Brick Exceeds 500 Coronavirus Cases for First Time; Ocean County Has More than 4,000 Cases

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Coronavirus (Image: CDC)
Coronavirus (Image: CDC)

Brick Township on Thursday broke through a disturbing barrier in the coronavirus pandemic: more than 500 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection.

Brick has the third-highest number of cases in Ocean County, keeping up with a trend in the statistics since infections began to be tracked by the Ocean County Health Department last month. Overall, the county has confirmed 4,272 COVID-19 cases.

Data released Thursday afternoon shows Brick has 534 cases. The township trails Lakewood, with 1,214 cases and Toms River, with 739 cases. The municipality with the next-highest number of infections is Jackson, with 362 cases.

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Data from the state Department of Health shows that out of the 4,272 cases, there have been 185 deaths within the county. Ocean County has the eighth-highest number of both infections and deaths from COVID-19 in New Jersey.

State data also showed that, as of Thursday, 56 percent of the state’s ventilators – 1,645 – were in use.