WATCHUNG, NJ - Watchung Borough Mayor Keith Balla on Tuesday confirmed the death of the Borough's first COVID-19 victim.


"With a heavy heart , I am sharing that COVID 19-related complications have claimed the first life of a Watchung Borough resident.  Health Officer Kevin Sumner reported this morning that an elderly resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has recently passed. 


On behalf of all the residents of Watchung,  we express our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy for  the family and friends of their loved one, as well as all of those affected by this outbreak.  Every life is precious and each person is critically important to all others.  Now more than ever, we need to  rally together to encourage, support, and show love toward one another. We are a family in Watchung who will continue working "together to care for and protect the safety and health of all our residents and first responders. Please keep all in your thoughts and prayers. "Mayor Keith S. Balla"