WESTFIELD, NJ — A 67-year-old man is the second town resident to die who had tested positive for coronavirus, COVID-19, the mayor said Saturday.

The man who had a pre-existing health condition died at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, Mayor Shelley Brindle said.

“Please join me in keeping his family in your prayers, as we all continue to do our part to keep this virus from spreading and claiming more lives,” Brindle said.

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With three new cases, the count of people with COVID-19 grew to 31 in Westfield Saturday, Brindle said.

Statewide the number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 rose to 11,124 Saturday, including 742 people in Union County, according to the state Health Department. The death toll stood at 140 people statewide as of Saturday, the Health Department figures show.

Nearby Cranford reported the death of a person with COVID-19 on Friday and Linden reported the death of a person with the disease earlier in the week.

Brindle reiterated Saturday that the Westfield Regional Health Department would be modifying the way it reports COVID-19 cases to each of the municipalities it serves.

“Given the increasing number of cases, the Westfield Regional Health Department will continue to provide daily updates on the total number of confirmed cases, but will only be sharing detailed reports with age, gender and status information twice per week,” Brindle said.

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