NEW JERSEY - A man in his 90s who was being treated at Hackensack University Medical Center has become the third New Jersey person to die after testing positive for coronavirus COVID-19.

Gov. Phil Murphy made the announcement via Twitter late Monday night, after televised appearances on MSNBC and CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360."

"Our prayers are with his family during this difficult time. The uniform approach to social distancing is meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19," Murphy tweeted.

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A 69-year-old Little Ferry man became the first COVID-19 victim last week. On Sunday night, the state announced the deathof a woman in her 50s from Freehold.

The Bergen County man's death Monday brought a sad close to day in which the announcements of new safeguards and protocols came at a dizzying pace.

Murphy and members of his cabinet announced at an afternoon press conference 80 new confirmed cases in the state. That brings the total in the Garden State to 178 cases.