WESTFIELD, NJ — Three more people have died from COVID-19, bringing the number of documented Westfield deaths from coronavirus to 19, the mayor said.

The newly reported deaths are all women, ages 88, 81, and 67, Mayor Shelley Brindle said Monday night. One of the women who died lived at a long-term care facility in Westfield, Brindle said.

Brindle also reported the number of people to test positive from COVID-19 rose to 174.

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Across Union County, the number of positive tests stood at 9,972 cases, and across New Jersey, 88,806 people have tested positive for COVID-19, state Health Department figures show.

Brindle reported the new figures on the same day the state Health Department began providing counts of COVID-19 cases and deaths at long-term care facilities.

Nine of Westfield’s 19 documented deaths by coronavirus have occurred at the two long-term care facilities in the town, where there are 43 documented coronavirus cases, the state Health Department figures showed Monday.

Those figures include deaths in persons with pending test results, and respiratory illness deaths for which COVID-19 testing was not performed, according to the state Health Department.

Seven of the local deaths reported to have occurred at long-term care facilities in Westfield happened at Westfield Center, a facility of Genesis Healthcare. At that location, the state figures showed an outbreak of 41 COVID-19 cases.

As of Monday, Sunrise Senior Living of Westfield had reported just two COVID-19 cases, both of them deaths, to the state.

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

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