WESTFIELD, NJ — Two more people from Westfield have died from COVID-19, officials said.
Two men — ages 94 and 77 — died from the virus, Mayor Shelley Brindle said on Tuesday. It brings the number of Westfield coronavirus deaths to 47, with the town reporting its last COVID-19 death Dec. 2.
In her COVID-19 update, Brindle said the town's health department in December received 333 Westfield coronavirus cases ranging in age from 2 to 99 years of age. In 103 of those cases, the people did not know where they had been exposed to the virus, she said.
“Of these 333 cases, 74 were received between December 24 and 31, reflecting, once again, a very high number of weekly cases above the levels seen early in the pandemic,” Brindle said.
It also marks a 34% increase from the 248 Westfield cases the regional health department investigated in November.
The contact tracing breakdown for Westfield cases in December is as follows:
- 103 had no known exposure
- 75 had a positive household contact
- 71 were unable to be reached
- 44 had a known exposure
- 13 were exposed at work
- 7 were exposed via youth sports
- 7 were hospitalized (ages 94, 83, 80, 79, 79, 72, and 65)
- 3 refused to be interviewed
- 3 were associated with travel
- 3 were associated with a long-term care facility
- 2 were exposed at college
- 2 were exposed at Thanksgiving gatherings
The ages ranges of those people with the virus are as follows:
- Age 9 and under: 24 cases
- Age 10-19: 46 cases
- Age 20-29: 60 cases
- Age 30-39: 40 cases
- Age 40-49: 45 cases
- Age 50-59: 59 cases
- Age 60-69: 34 cases
- Age 70-79: 12 cases
- Age 80-89: 5 cases
- Age 90 and above: 7 cases
- Age unconfirmed: 1 case
The figures from the Westfield Regional Health Department include rapid test results, which are not reflected in the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, Brindle said.
“They are a more accurate reflection of community spread than what is being reported by the state reporting system,” she said.
Across its eight municipalities, the regional health department reported 27% of the 4,588 cases it investigated in 2020 were from December, Brindle said.
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