NEW JERSEY — There are 55 positive cases of the coronavirus confirmed throughout Monmouth County, as another 155 cases were reported in New Jersey for a total of 890, according to health officials.

The disease also claimed two more lives — a Essex County man in his 30s and a Bergen County man in his 50s — bringing that total to 11 deaths in New Jersey, officials said.

Of those 11 deaths, nine persons had pre-existing health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and obesity, according to N.J. Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, who presented the updated numbers during a March 20 press briefing.

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In addition, seven were men, four women and four were associated with a long-term are facility.

Although she didn’t mention it in her remarks, four were clustered in a Freehold family, with a connection to the first person to die of the disease in the state — John Brennan, 69, of Little Ferry. They are Rita Fusco-Jackson, 55, her 73-year-old mother, Grace Fusco, and two brothers, Carmine Fusco of Pennsylvania and Vincent Fusco of New Jersey. Three more family members are reported to be hospitalized.

In Monmouth County, here is the breakdown of the positive coronavirus cases reported in 22 of 53 total municipalities, according to a statement by the county’s public information office that was released after the state daily report, which had the county’s total at 53.

  • Aberdeen: 2
  • Asbury Park: 1
  • Bradley Beach: 1
  • Brielle: 1
  • Colts Neck: 1
  • Freehold Borough: 1
  • Freehold Township: 8
  • Hazlet: 5
  • Howell: 1
  • Keyport: 1
  • Little Silver: 3
  • Long Branch: 5 (A Tinton Falls resident is quarantined in Long Branch.)
  • Manalapan: 8
  • Marlboro: 3
  • Matawan: 1
  • Middletown: 4
  • Millstone: 1
  • Monmouth Beach: 1
  • Neptune: 2
  • Ocean: 1
  • Rumson: 1
  • Sea Girt: 1
  • Wall: 2

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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