FREEHOLD, NJ — The first positive coronavirus case in Belmar was among 43 new cases reported on March 21 in Monmouth County, where the tally now totals 98 persons, according to county officials.

While there were no other details provided on the Belmar case by the county, Belmar Borough Administrator Edward Kirschenbaum said, "All precautions have been taken with our emergency services."

Positive COVID-19 cases were reported in 27 of the county’s 53 municipalities on March 21 by the county's office of public information as follows:

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  • Aberdeen: 2
  • Asbury Park: 1
  • Belmar: 1
  • Bradley Beach: 1
  • Brielle: 1
  • Colts Neck: 3
  • Freehold Borough: 1
  • Freehold Township: 20
  • Hazlet: 5
  • Howell: 4
  • Keyport:1
  • Little Silver:3
  • Long Branch: 7 (One Tinton Falls resident is quarantined in Long Branch)
  • Manalapan: 17
  • Manasquan: 2
  • Marlboro: 4
  • Matawan:1
  • Middletown: 7
  • Millstone: 1
  • Monmouth Beach: 1
  • Neptune: 5
  • Ocean: 3
  • Red Bank: 2
  • Rumson: 1
  • Sea Girt: 1
  • Tinton Falls: 1
  • Wall: 2

During the state’s daily briefing, officials said the number of New Jerseyans with the coronavirus climbed to 1,327, jumping 442 from the previous day. In the number of cases from COVID-19 jumped by five to 16. They included a man in his 50s in Monmouth County — presumed to be Vincent Fusco who was among four members of his family falling victim to the disease. 

They are his 73-year-old mother, Grace Fusco of Freehold, brother Carmine Fusco of Pennsylvania and sister Rita Fusco-Jackson, 55, of Freehold. Three more family members are reported to be hospitalized. All were connected to the first person to die of the disease in the state — John Brennan, 69, of Little Ferry.

The other deaths reported on March 21 were a Bergen County man is his 40s, a Morris County woman in her 70s and a Bergen County man in his 90s.

As more information becomes available on the Monmouth County cases, it will be shared with the public and the media. News updates and other information related to COVID-19 are posted at

Please note that county’s public information office’s tally of 98 positives tests was released after the state had the county’s total at 92.

A new, online COVID-19 Information Hub has been created by the N.J. Office of Innovation, providing live updates, resources and other vital information on the coronavirus.

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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