December 08, 2021
By Rick Mellerup
It was predicted COVID-19 case numbers would boost in Ocean County subsequent the arrival of colder climate and Thanksgiving gatherings. Sure adequate, instances for all of Ocean County increased in the 7 days of Dec. 1 to 7. But increased could possibly be way too light of a term.
The Ocean County Well being Department declared there experienced been 1,907 new circumstances of COVID-19 for the week ending on Tuesday. There experienced been 1,235 new conditions for the 7 days of Nov. 24 to Nov. 30 – an raise of 672 conditions in just one week.
To place it a different way, the day-to-day ordinary for the week ending Nov. 30 was 176 confirmed situations. That number jumped to 272 for the 7 days ending Dec. 7.
A further indicator of the rise in COVID-19 situations comes from the Pinelands Regional University District. At the conclusion of just about every week, that district reports the range of COVID-19 conditions it is dealing with. Above the earlier couple of months there could have been a person or two staff members associates and three or 4 students, give or just take a person or two, claimed just about every week. But for the week ending on Dec. 3, Pinelands claimed five personnel customers and 27 students infected.
With the number of Christmas functions and household get-togethers anticipated in the coming months, it is pretty much not possible not to predict even bigger quantities in the county by the starting of January. It certain would be excellent news if that prediction proves mistaken. —R.M.