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Mar 11, 2020

Two More Presumptive Positive Cases of Coronavirus in Monmouth County

Health officials announced Wednesday that two more people have tested presumptive positive for the coronavirus.

New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli  announced at a press conference this afternoon that there are eight new presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in New Jersey, including two in Monmouth County and two in Middlesex County. Details have not yet been released about the patients’ whereabouts.

Previously there were only two presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in Monmouth County. An 83-year-old female from Hazlet and a 27-year-old male from Little Silver were reported as being the first.

New Jersey now has 23 presumptive positive cases. A “presumptive positive case” means local officials have tested the patient and received a positive result, but the CDC has not confirmed a positive diagnosis.

There has also been one death from the virus in the state. A man in his 60s from Bergen County passed away Tuesday, according to Gov. Phil Murphy. The patient reportedly had underlying conditions that contributed to his illness and ultimately succumbed to cardiac arrest.

Schools all over the state, including local universities, have closed or planned for virtual instruction should the virus spread within their districts.

Murphy declared a state of emergency Monday to “to ramp up New Jersey’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.” The state of emergency allows state agencies and departments to utilize state resources to assist affected communities responding to and recovering from the virus.

The World Health Organization officially declared the virus a global pandemic Wednesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised people to cover their mouth when coughing and sneezing, avoid touching parts of their face, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects. People should stay home if they are sick, except to get medical care, and wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

The CDC maintains an informational website on COVID-19 centralizing advice and resources for healthcare professionals, families and businesses.