TRENTON, NJ — Another four positive cases of the coronavirus have been reported in Monmouth County —  for a total of 12, state health officials announced on Sunday, March 15. Those four were among 31 added from throughout New Jersey, bringing the statewide total to 98.

During Sunday's teleconference with the media, state Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said the second person to die from COVID-19 — a 58-year-old woman who was being treated at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold — 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. 

Over the weekend, there have been no details released by state or county officials on the six other new cases in Monmouth, which has the second highest number of positive cases, along with Middlesex County — both following behind Bergen County, which has 29 positive cases.  

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In Monmouth County, those who have previously been identified with positive COVID-19 results are: 

  • 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.

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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