TRENTON, NJ - The number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in New Jersey increased by 162 new cases overnight, including two more fatalities, bringing the total in the state since the first case was reported on March 4th to 427, according to state Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli.

Eight of those new cases were reported to be residents of Somerset County, bringing the county total to 17.

Both victims are women who were over 60 years old; both had underlying conditions according to, Persichilli. One was a resident of  Essex County, the other was from Hudson County.

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The update was provided during Gov. Phil Murphy's daily briefing on COVID-19 Wednesday afternoon.

The virus has now been confirmed in 18 of New Jersey's 21 counties; the only counties that have remained immune so far are Sussex, Cape May and Gloucester.

The most cases in the state are in Bergen County, 113, followed by Essex, 45, Middlesex, 40 and Monmouth, 32.

"This is increasing with a pretty steep curve, as we expected," Murphy said.

Persichilli noted that the number of new confirmed cases reported each of the past three days increased from 80 on Monday to 89 on Tuesday and 162 Wednesday.

There are 7,320 cases in the United States, which includes 115 deaths attributed to COVID-19. Worldwide, there are over 214,000 cases and 8,727 deaths.