FANWOOD, NJ -- The Westfield Regional Health Department has identified a 62-year-old Fanwood man has tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently recovering while the health department contacts those who may have been in contact with the individual. 

Today Gov. Phil Murphy announced 736 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 for a total of 4,402 across the state. The Union County total now stands at 262 positive cases.

"We have also learned of 18 more COVID-19 related deaths in our state, and that number does not get any easier to report I promise you," Gov. Murphy said. "To date, that means that 62 of our fellow residents in the great state of New Jersey have lost their lives as a result of COVID-19 related complications since this emergency was declared. God bless their souls. May they rest in peace."

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According to Commissioner of Health Judy Persichilli, the breakdown is as follows: 18 deaths (11 were male, 7 female). The age range was 52 to 93 years, and 50% of the cases report underlying conditions. Another 9 are under investigation. Five of the cases were associated with long-term care facilities, and you know we’re tracking that very carefully.

"As we have said on many occasions, these numbers are sobering, but they are not surprising to us. We knew early on the trajectory that these reports would take, especially as we ramped up our testing regime – and they are doing just that," Murphy added.

The Union County drive-up testing site at Kean University is up and running. More information on the site is available at www.ucnj.org

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