WESTFIELD, NJ — A 91-year-old man from Westfield who tested positive for COVID-19 has died, the mayor said Sunday night.
The man died at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, Mayor Shelley Brindle said in a statement. He had “underlying cardiac and respiratory conditions” and was not connected to any other confirmed cases of COVID-19, Brindle said. It brings the number of cases in Westfield to 12.
“His COVID-19 test results were received by the Health Department after his death, and their case investigation is now underway,” Brindle said. “Health Officer Megan Avallone will be available for questions during Tuesday’s Town Council meeting to provide any additional information we obtain about this case.”
The number of COVID-19 deaths rose to 20 across New Jersey on Sunday, state figures show.
State Health Commissioner Judy Persichelli at a Sunday afternoon teleconference with Gov. Phil Murphy and other cabinet members said that there were 590 new COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, including four deaths that day.
The deaths reported earlier in the day included a man in his 90s from Bergen County, a man in his 80s from Passaic, a man in his 70s from Somerset and a woman in her 90s from Middlesex who had died after testing positive for COVID-19, Persichelli said.
The total number of cases statewide stood at 1,914 people including 124 in Union County, state health department figures show.
COVID-19 testing is anticipated to begin at a drive-through county facility at the parking lot of Kean University Monday. Testing is by appointment and with a prescription only, officials said.
In her statement, Brindle reminded the public of the need to take physical distancing measures.
“This fatality should serve as a sobering reminder about the impact of this pandemic and the importance of following all social distancing measures,” Brindle said. “Our prayers go out to this family, and to all those who have received a confirmed diagnosis.”
TAPinto New Brunswick Editor Chuck O’Donnell contributed to this story.
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