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.

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“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.

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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