Ballot Counting Halted in Ocean County As Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

TOMS RIVER, NJ – With thousands of ballots left to still be counted in Ocean County, counting has stopped after at least one county election worker has tested positive for COVID-19.  County officials are hoping to resume counting in Downtown Toms River, but not until the election offices have been thoroughly sanitized.   At this point, it is unknown who the worker is or whether or not other workers have been exposed or quarantined.  Neither the Ocean County Board of Freeholders or Ocean County Board of Elections has made this outbreak public.  Sources within the election board say it is uncertain when ballot counting will resume.  It is not known at this time whether or not Ocean County Board of Elections Chairman Frank Holman, who has been in the county offices numerous times since the election, according to election board officials has contracted the virus or whether the virus has spread to other workers and volunteers.