HAMILTON, NJ --  Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin has announced the first local loss of life -- a 63-year-old man -- from COVID-19 (coronavirus).   

“We all knew that this day would ultimately arrive in Hamilton Township, but it does not make the news any easier to digest and announce,” says Martin.  "We all join in prayer and thoughts for the decedent’s family and friends during this difficult time.

There are reportedly 45 Hamiltonians who are currently diagnosed with coronavirus.  In Mercer County, three individuals have died from the coronavirus with 333 residents testing positive as of Wednesday.  

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"It is our responsibility to keep one another safe and save lives. We ask that residents stay home unless absolutely necessary," added Martin who reiterated the "importance of practicing everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as maintaining safe physical distancing recommendations of 6 feet or more, washing your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes, and clean frequently touched surfaces or objects daily."

Hamilton Township is reporting active cases on the website. Active cases are those that are currently reported in the Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance System (CDRSS) as a confirmed positive case.  Active cases may be removed from the system when individuals have recovered or succumbed to complications caused by the virus.

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