Coronavirus Numbers Jump In Manasquan

MANASQUAN — With New Jersey entering the second wave of the coronavirus, the disease’s presence in Manasquan has continued to rise over the past month.

Manasquan’s cases increased from 80 on Sept. 21st to 99 on Thursday, a 23 percent jump.

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 the region 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.”

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley also announced there were 106 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County on Thursday. There are two new deaths being reported today related to COVID-19 in Monmouth County.

Monmouth County will offer free COVID-19 testing for County residents on Saturday, Oct. 31 in Long Branch from 9 a.m. to noon at the Bucky James Community Center, 231 Wilbur Ray Ave.

Residents should note the clinic has 100 tests and once those are administered, the clinic will close for the day. More information about the County’s COVID-19 testing program is available on

Here are the latest local updates from Manasquan:


  • Manasquan had 99 cases as of Thursday, Oct. 29th, according to the Monmouth County Health Department.


  • Manasquan has launched a relief initiative to provide support to those in distress. The Manasquan Borough mayor and council say they recognize the unprecedented health-related and financial hardships that many residents are experiencing as a result of this insidious pandemic. Read more: Manasquan Launches ‘5 Star COVID-19 Initiative’


  • 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

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‘Aspirational’ students cause jump in university applications for Oxbridge and medicine in 2021

Students are being “aspirational” with their university choices for 2021, with applications to the most competitive courses seeing a significant jump, Ucas has said. 

According to figures released by the admissions service, a total of 44,220 UK students – up 14 per cent on last year – have applied to undergraduate courses with the early application deadline of 15 October. 

This is the deadline for those wanting to study at Oxford, Cambridge and for most medicine, dentistry and veterinary courses at other universities.

Applications up

A record 2,800 18 year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds in the UK have applied (Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire)

The increase in applications has come despite grim scenes of rampant Covid-19 outbreaks at many universities and locked down student halls. 

A record 2,800 18 year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds in the UK have applied – an increase of 19 per cent on last year. This compared to an 8 per cent increase in applicants from the most privileged backgrounds to reach 17,140. 

International applicants from outside the EU increased by 20 per cent to 17,510, but EU applicants dropped by 19 per cent to 5,220. 

‘Students aim high’

Clare Marchant, the chief executive of Ucas, said: “It’s great news to see students aim high and aspire to a future beyond the current limits of Covid with their choices for next year.” 

The main deadline for university applications is 15 January 2021. 

The figures from Ucas came as a survey found the majority of young people who applied to university this year think it would be fairer to overhaul the system so students only submit an application once they have their final grades. 

Post qualification applications

The research from the Sutton Trust social mobility found that working-class applicants were more likely to say they would have applied to a more selective university if they had known their A-level results when making decisions. 

Two in three (66 per cent) of university applicants said they favour a move to a post-qualification applications (PQA) system rather than university offers based on predicted grades. 

Sir Peter Lampl, founder and chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: “The utter chaos of this year’s university admissions exposed major flaws with the system that are due principally to our reliance on predicted grades. Two thirds of young people support PQA which allows both them and universities to make decisions based on actual grades. It’s as if applicants have real currency in their possession, rather than counterfeit currency as is now the case. 

“PQA would benefit high achieving low income students as their grades are often underpredicted. PQA would also result in admissions becoming more efficient, simpler and fairer for all students.” 

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10 Best Jump Ropes for All Fitness Levels

An affordable and compact piece of exercise equipment, the jump rope is a perfect staple for any home gym or gym bag. This small but mighty pick can completely transform your workout. That’s why we sat down with the jump rope queen herself,psychologist and fitness trainer Dr. Janine Delaney, known for her sculpted physique and impressive jump rope moves on Instagram, to learn more about the sport and what to look for when choosing the ultimate jump rope.

Jumping rope is a great way to lose weight and burn fat and calories while having fun,” Delaney says. “Most people think of jumping rope as a sport for children, but it has many benefits for adults as well, especially for individuals over the age of 40.” Delaney herself actually started jumping rope at the age of 43, mainly because she wasn’t a fan of running and was looking for another form of cardio.

When it comes to the benefits of jumping rope, the advantages are vast. “Jumping rope increases your natural endorphins, which puts you in a good mood and increases your energy and libido,” Delaney says. “What most people don’t realize is that jumping rope will actually burn more fat and calories than running, swimming, or biking. It not only puts your cardiovascular system to use, but also helps to build muscle strength, improve coordination, and even boost metabolism.”

Delaney says that you don’t have to be athletic or coordinated to start jumping rope, but adds that making sure your rope is sized correctly to your height is critical as well as maintaining proper form and a little practice. If you’re a jump rope beginner, Delaney offers these important tips:

  1. Arm positioning: Keep your chest up, core engaged, and arms close to your body. If your arms are too wide, it will shorten the length of the rope and you’ll likely trip.
  2. Utilize your wrists: Jumping rope is all about recruiting your wrists to do the work instead of moving your arms.
  3. Keep your head up: Jumping rope is about timing, and if you look down and wait for the rope to pass you then you’ll likely trip. A better approach is to look straight ahead and jump as the rope crosses your line of sight, which will guarantee better rhythm as you skip.
  4. Take a video of yourself: Practice makes perfect, and just a little bit of practice each and every day will help you get better and better. Watch YouTube videos of tutorials to help you visualize the proper movement, and take a video of yourself to check your form.
  5. Properly size your rope: To size your rope, stand on the middle of the rope with one foot and bring both handles up to your shoulders. The rope should come up to your shoulders, no higher and no lower. Make sure to buy a rope that you can either cut to your size or one that comes according to height.

Now that you

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Kansas City hospitals overwhelmed, some forced to turn away ambulances as COVID-19 cases jump

Hospitals in and around Kansas City, Missouri, are overwhelmed amid a troubling spike in COVID-19 cases that has forced some facilitates to refuse non-emergency care and others to turn away ambulances due to over-occupancy.

Average daily COVID-19 hospitalizations were up about 10% this week across the Kansas City region as the Midwest grapples with record-breaking daily infection rates and intensive care unit bed shortages, according to the Mid-America Regional Council’s dashboard.

Earlier this week, the Kansas City metro area saw its highest number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations on record with the seven-day average rising to about 133. Separately, hospitals in the area reported a 28% increase in the average number of patients on ventilators, week-over-week, while daily ICU occupancy rose about 11% from last week, according to the dashboard.

All in all, total weekly hospitalizations jumped to 867, compared to 835 last week, pushing several area hospitals to refuse ambulances due to lack of beds.

Marc Larsen, operations director of Saint Luke’s COVID Response Team, the second-largest care provider in the region, said Kansas City area hospitals are “bursting at the seams.”

Hospitals being ‘pushed to the brink’

Saint Luke’s daily patient average rose to about 85 for the month of October, compared to about 63 per day in September, Larsen said. The system reported a daily patient average of only about 15 COVID-19 patients a day in May and June.

“The current trajectory and the rapid increase in infections is a big concern for me,” Larsen told ABC News in an interview Friday. “And with our numbers where they are coming into influenza season, I worry that the facilities will continue to be pushed to the brink on our ability to care for each and every single one of these patients like we need to.”

He added, “As a result, our emergency departments and having to leverage alternative care units in our facilities, meaning that we wind up seeing emergency department patients in our pre-anesthesia care units, recovery rooms and sometimes in waiting rooms.”

PHOTO: Fans take in a flyover before the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Las Vegas Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 11, 2020.

Fans take in a flyover before the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Las Vegas Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 11, 2020.

Larsen, who is also an emergency care physician at the downtown Kansas City hospital, said at least eight metro hospitals and emergency departments had to temporarily stop accepting ambulances due to the high volume of patients on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“We had eight facilities at one given time that were on ‘diversion,’ or what we call high-volume status,” he said. “That doesn’t mean that we don’t still take the time-critical diagnoses — we still take our stroke patients, our trauma patients and our heart attack patients — but it does limit our ability to provide care to the remainder of ambulances.”

“When we get to that volume and when we get to that

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