HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Township Health Officer, Siobhan Spano has confirmed the first fatality related to COVID-19 in the Township.

“I have been informed that one of our adult residents passed away due to complications associated with the COVID 19 pandemic. Our hearts go out to the family. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers," said Mayor Doug Tomson.

It is the third COVID-19 related death reported in Somerset County; the deaths of a Bridgewater resident and Franklin resident were reported last week by the Somerset County Department of Health.

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“I have seen our residents working hard to adhere to the restrictions in order to help one another. I think that most of us realize that our actions affect our neighbors, and we are all doing our part to prevent the spread of this disease. I have faith that as a community we will continue to band together to protect our loved ones and neighbors” Tomson added.

Spano added, “We continue to follow up on all reported cases of COVID 19 in Hillsborough Township and their contacts, in order to slow the spread of the disease."

Also yesterday, the township reported its 11th confirmed case of COVID-19 based on figures supplied by the Somerset County Department of Health Wednesday morning, which reports a total of 144 COVID-19 cases countywide.

According to the Hillsborough Health Department, there has been a positive COVID-19 test in a child who attends Amsterdam Elementary School. The student attended school last on March 13th. Upon conducting the investigation, the student had no known high risk exposure to COVID-19. 

Somerset County reported 38 new cases overnight.

Here is the latest breakdown of confirmed cases by town: Bedminster, 6;  Bernardsville Borough, 6; Bernards Township, 7; Branchburg, 11; Bridgewater, 14; Bound Brook, 3: Franklin, 30; Green Brook, 5; Hillsborough, 11; Manville, 4; Montgomery, 10; North Plainfield, 11; Peapack-Gladstone, 2; Raritan, 3; Somerville, 3; South Bound Brook, 1; Warren, 10; Watchung, 3. 

No cases have been reported in Far Hills, Millstone or Rocky Hill.

Statewide, there is a total of 6,375 cases, with 62 confirmed deaths, an increase of 18 overnight. There were 736 new cases reported overnight, down from 846 new cases reported overnight on Tuesday, according to the state Department of Health.

There are 60.115 cases in the United States, with 827 deaths; worldwide, there are 451,355 cases and 20,499 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control.