MERCER COUNTY, NJ --  During his Tuesday afternoon briefing, Governor Phil Murphy paid tribute to Darlene Mae Andes, the Public Health Emergency Notification System Coordinator for the Mercer County Division of Public Health, who died April 5 from COVID-19 (coronavirus).

“Darlene Mae Andes was a health educator and risk communicator responsible for planning, organizing and conducting various emergency management operations right here for the Mercer County Division of Public Health. Before that, she had worked for the Hunterdon County team," said Murphy.  "In fact, she helped craft the health education materials and tools that Mercer County is using, as we speak, in its current COVID-19 emergency response.

“Well known, well respected and loved by her colleagues and peers, Darlene is being remembered for her patience and kindness, for her innovative thinking, and for her love of family and her faith.

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"And she was only 54 years old. I spoke yesterday with her sister Barbara, who lives in the Shenandoah Valley In Virginia, and as you could imagine, like all these conversations, it was emotional, and God bless and God speed the precious life of her sister Darlene," added Murphy. 

Andes is among the 4,753 New Jersey residents who tragically lost their lives as a result of the coronavirus.

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