BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Health Officer Kevin Sumner has confirmed the first Bridgewater fatality related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

"I have learned that one of our residents has passed away due to complications associated with the COVID-19 virus," Mayor Matthew Moench said in a release Sunday. "I would like to pass my condolences along to the family and friends at this difficult time. My family, and the entire Bridgewater family, will be praying for you."

Moench said in the release that residents should be practicing the guidelines placed by the public health professionals to avoid any further tragedies.

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"We must treat all of our neighbors like family now," he said. "Everyone has a role to play."

"I have seen the way this community has pulled together in the past, and I am confident that we will come out from this crisis stronger and more close-knit than ever," he added.

Sumner said the health department is investigating all reported cases of COVID-19 in Bridgewater.

"Our goal remains the same, to slow and eventually stop the spread of this disease," he said in the release. "We ask the public to help us in this effort by following the public health recommendations such as social distancing and hand washing."

Anyone with questions about COVID-19 can reach out to a number of public resources:

  • Visit www.cdc.gov or www.Coronavirus.gov.
  • Dial 211 or 1-800-962-1253/text NJCOVID to 898-211 or text your zip code to 898-211 for live assistance.
  • Visit www.nj.gov/health.
  • Call 908-231-7111 to listen to daily updates about the status of the virus in Somerset County.
  • Dial 908-429-8444 for Bridgewater updates or email coronavirus@BridgewaterNJ.gov.