WESTFIELD, NJ — Two more people from Westfield have died from coronavirus, bringing the local death toll to 33, the mayor reported Thursday night.
The newly reported dead from Westfield were two men, ages 94 and 90, both of whom were living at long-term care facilities, Mayor Shelley Brindle said.
Brindle also reported an additional eight COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases associated with Westfield to 229.
“It’s worth noting that six of these additional cases are from last month, but have just been reported to us, which gives you an idea the inconsistencies we see in report timing,” Brindle said.
The number of cases at long-term care facilities in Westfield Thursday stood at 63, with 12 of those being deaths, according to figures from the state Health Department. Brindle previously said that the number of cases and deaths reported to the town from long term care facilities in Westfield represents only part of what happens at those facilities because not all of the patients there hold a primary residence in Westfield. That residency dictates if the facility reports the case to the municipality.
Of the deaths at the local long-term care facilities, Westfield Center, a facility of Genesis HealthCare, had 54 coronavirus cases and 10 deaths; Sunrise of Westfield had nine cases two deaths from COVID-19, according to the state figures.
Citing details shared by Brian Gragnoloti, the CEO of Atlantic Health and Alan Leiber, president of Overlook Medical Center on a call with county and local officials Thursday, Brindle said coronavirus has peaked in North Jersey, including in Union County.
“While New Jersey has the second largest hospitalized population in the country, the northern New Jersey region has peaked to an extent,” Brindle said. “Since April 9, the region has been at an apex with a very slow decline since the peak. Overlook at its peak had a patient load of 840, and today they have 537 patients.”
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