COVID-19 claims the life of a 90-year-old man in Bergen County — the third reported death in New Jersey.

TRENTON, NJ — The number of positive coronavirus cases in Monmouth County increased by two to 14 — on a day when the third death of an individual with COVID-19 was reported.

"Sad to announce our third death of an individual with COVID-19 — a male in his 90s who was being treated at Hackensack University Medical Center in Bergen County. Our prayers are with his family during this difficult time," Gov. Phil Murphy said on social media at about 8:30 p.m. on March 16.

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The state Department of Health reported its highest one-day new-case total, 80. That increases the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in New Jersey to 178.

There were no other details released by state or county officials on the eight new cases reported since late last week in Monmouth, which has dropped from second to fifth in reporting the highest number of positive cases among counties in the state.

New Jersey’s second death due to COVID-19 was reported on March 14 in Monmouth — a 58-year-old woman who was being treated at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold. She had a connection through a family member to the 69-year-old Bergen County man, whose life was the first to be claimed by the coronavirus on March 10. 

In Monmouth County, those cases that have previously been identified through state, county or local sources with positive COVID-19 results are: 

  • 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, who are being treated at Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel. Both women 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 earlier this week after attended the Biogen conference in Boston late last month.
  • 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

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