WESTFIELD, NJ — Two women, ages 89 and 77, are the most recent residents known to have died from COVID-19, the mayor announced Wednesday. Both were associated with long-term care facilities, she said.

It brings the total number of deaths from the coronavirus in town to 35.

“Please remember that these are not just numbers but lost lives of fellow residents,” Brindle said in an update Wednesday night, “and we will commemorate all of them as a community when we emerge from this crisis.”

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As of Wednesday there were 131,890 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey, with another 594 still under investigation, with 13,604 cases in Union County, Brindle said, with Westfield reporting two older cases but no new ones, bringing the town's total to 241 to date.

Gov. Murphy announced Wednesday that the state is bringing on a team of experts to help tackle the challenges at long-term care facilities and protect the residents and staff at these facilities. To read more, click here.

Brindle and other town officials spoke earlier in the day at a virtual town hall addressing the COVID-19 crisis. To watch the video and read highlights, click here.

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