TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has announced that the coronavirus has claimed its second person in the state — a woman in her 50s who was being treated at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold.

Except for a brief statement on social media by Murphy on Saturday night, there was no other information immediately available on the case. On March 10, a 69-year-old man from Bergen County was the first person known to have died of the virus in the state. 

Three more positive cases of the coronavirus have been identified in Monmouth County, bringing the total to eight — the third highest countywide total reported in New Jersey, according to state health officials.

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The highest total is reported in Bergen County where 25 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, with Middlesex County standing at 10 cases.

While neither New Jersey nor Monmouth County officials confirmed details on the three new reported cases, Long Branch Mayor John Pallone released a statement yesterday, March 13, that one of them is a 39-year-old man from that city. He went to Monmouth Medical Center on March 9 where he was evaluated and hospitalized, Pallone said.

According to health officials, these are other identified individuals with positive results for the coronavirus:

  • A 53-year-old man from Manalapan, who was after being exposed to someone with a confirmed case of the coronavirus. The individual is 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 an immediate family member 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, which has been connected to at least 77 cases of the virus in Massachusetts. Neither are reported to be hospitalized.

The state health department reports there are 69 positive cases in New Jersey, as well as 97 negative results and 52 cases under investigation at state laboratories only. 

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 ncov@dohnj.gov.

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