TRENTON, NJ — A 4-year-old of New Jersey has died of COVID-19, State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli announced Friday during the state’s daily briefing in Trenton. 

The child was the first death reported in the state of anyone under the age of 18, Gov. Phil Murphy confirmed to members of the media.

The child had an underlying medical condition, but Persichilli would not reveal the nature. No further details on the child was released by state officials who cited the family’s privacy.

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“We’ve lost another blessed life, it's unfathomable it's a 4-year-old,” Murphy said.

The fatality was one of 162 additional deaths reported Friday, increasing the death toll to 8,952 statewide. Case numbers jumped by 1,985 and total 135,454.

"[I] cannot overstate this enough: Our hospital systems are still dealing with far more patients than they would be otherwise in any other year," the governor's office tweeted during the press conference. "The stress on our health care system, while certainly lessening, is still there".

Further details by county are available on the state dashboard.

Hospitalizations have decreased by 1,000 since last Friday, and stood at 4,764 as of Thursday at 10 p.m. 

“We’re making huge progress, but we’re not in the end zone yet,” Murphy said. 

As it stands, health officials announced declines in both patients in critical or intensive care,and those on ventilators — which stand at 1,439 and 1,089 respectively.

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