TRENTON, NJ — The coronavirus has claimed another four lives in New Jersey, including a 73-year-old Freehold woman whose daughter died five days earlier from the disease, bringing the statewide total to nine deaths, according to health officials.

In addition, Monmouth County has added another 13 positive cases of COVID-19, lifting its total to 43, as the state’s overall total has climbed by 318 confirmed cases to 742, with an age range of 3 to 95.

Grace Fusco of Freehold died on March 18 at Centrastate Medical Center in Freehold, just five days after her 55-year-old daughter, Rita Fusco-Jackson, also died there of the coronavirus. In addition, a son died in Pennsylvania and four more relatives are reported to be hospitalized due to the virus. The family has a connection to the first person to die of the disease in the state — a 69-year-old man from Bergen County, according to reports.

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The three other new deaths reported on March 18 were of an Ocean County man in his 70s, Essex County man in his 60s and a Bergen County man in his 30s, said N.J. Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli during a March 19 press briefing.

COVID-19 has earlier taken the lives of a man in his 90s who was being treated at Hackensack University Medical Center in Bergen County, an Essex County woman in her 60s with existing health problems and a Hudson County woman in her 60s with existing health problems.

Persichilli attributed the nearly 74 percent increase in the number of confirmed positive cases to improved testing throughout the state. Outcomes for 139 of those 742 cases of COVID-19 show a median age of 52 with one-half needing hospitalization.

With few details on people who have tested positive for the coronavirus due to federal health privacy rules, here is a rundown of what information has been released, culled primarily from local sources, including municipal websites and social media outlets:

  • A person testing positive in Wall, who is believed to have contracted the virus outside the state. The person is currently following all quarantine guidelines set by local health officials.
  • A positive case has been confirmed in Brielle and another in Bradley Beach. 
  • Three individuals in Middletown, including a Tomaso Towers resident, who is currently hospitalized.
  • Two tenants of the Grandville Tower in Red Bank, who have self-quarantined, according to the owner of the 91-unit building. Click here to read more. 
  • A 39-year-old man from Long Branch, who went to Monmouth Medical Center on March 9 where he was evaluated and hospitalized.
  • A 53-year-old man from Manalapan, who was after being exposed to someone with a confirmed case of the coronavirus. The individual was being treated at Centrastate Medical Center, Freehold.
  • A 66-year-old woman and 83-year-old woman, both from Hazlet and treated at Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel. They were clients at the Golden Age Adult Day Care Program, which has voluntarily closed its location in the Morganville section of Marlboro and is working in cooperation with the N.J. Department of Health and the Monmouth County Health Department.
  • A 17-year-old female from Little Silver, who is the sister of the 27-year-old man, also from Little Silver. He was reported presumptive positive for COVID-19 after attended the Biogen conference in Boston in late February.
  • A third Little Silver resident from a separate household.
  • An 83-year-old woman from Ocean Township, who was transported to the hospital from her home by ambulance on March 11.

For more information on novel coronavirus, click here to access the N.J. Department of Health website and click here for the latest details from CDC. 

Anyone with questions can call the N.J. Poison Control Center hot line at 1-800-222-1222  or email

NJ 211 has been activated to help handle COVID-19 related calls from residents. Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.

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