BERKELEY, NJ — There’s a lot of news to keep up with right now — locally, nationally and worldwide. Here’s a recap of coronavirus updates in Berkeley.


The Ocean County Health Department has reported 716 coronavirus cases and 97 deaths in Berkeley as of Wednesday afternoon. That’s an increase of 45 cases and 10 deaths since Patch’s last update June 12.

The health department counted 18 new cases Wednesday in Ocean County, bringing the area to 9,453 total cases and 866 deaths.

The state has reported the following in Berkeley longterm-care facilities as of Wednesday:

  • Crystal Lake Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center: 74 cases and 25 deaths among residents, 50 cases among staff

  • Tallwoods Care Center: 33 cases and four deaths among residents, 11 cases among staff


Urgent Care Now in Lanoka Harbor and Toms River have coronavirus testing available for all Berkeley Township residents. Patients must show a driver’s license or government-issued ID showing a Berkeley address. MORE.

Ocean County drive-thru testing takes place at Ocean County College in Toms River on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Patients must meet the following requirements to get tested:

  • You must be an Ocean County resident and have identification.

  • You must have a healthcare practitioner script.

  • You must make an online appointment at

  • You must be symptomatic.

Rite Aid on Mule Road in Toms River now offers coronavirus testing. MORE.

Hackensack Meridian Urgent Care can test whether patients were previously infected with the coronavirus. Hackensack Meridian’s urgent care centers began antibody testing May 2. Nearby locations include Forked river and Toms River.

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Recent Updates

  • Berkeley Township has fireworks at its first summer concert, which was scheduled for July 1. Now the township is looking to hold a fireworks show in August because of current state limits on outdoor gatherings, according to Mayor Carmen Amato. MORE.

  • It’s a difficult climate for businesses, but two have opened recently in Berkeley: the Hair & Barber Lounge and Bria Disc Golf.

  • Central Regional administrators set a plan for high school graduation. The class of 2020 will have three ceremonies at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. July 8 — rain date July 9 — at the football stadium. MORE.

  • Expect an announcement about the Spray Park in Berkeley on Friday, county officials told Patch. The county is working on determining its hours and requirements for use, County Public Information Director Donna Flynn said Thursday.

  • Lacey’s Popcorn Park Zoo reopens Friday. MORE.

Here’s what else you should know:

  • Gov. Phil Murphy will address the public directly at 1 p.m. on Thursday. He’s expected to announce rules for returning to school in the fall. Patch will cover it live.

  • Murphy said he will allow libraries, bowling alleys, indoor recreation and other businesses to reopen. He made this announcement as he revealed 317 additional coronavirus cases and 48 more deaths. Read more: Gov. Murphy To Reopen NJ Libraries, Museums, Indoor Recreation

  • Murphy and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued new travel rules on Wednesday, saying travelers from high-infection rate states to New Jersey, New York and Connecticut “must quarantine” for 14 days. Here’s what you have to do if you’re coming to New Jersey. Read more: High-Infection State Travelers To NJ ‘Must Quarantine:’ Gov.

  • Murphy announced on Tuesday that playgrounds and water and amusement parks will soon reopen. He made the announcement as he announced an additional 382 coronavirus cases and 57 more deaths. Read more: Gov. Murphy: NJ Playgrounds, Water And Amusement Parks To Reopen

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

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