Hudson County Clerk E. Junior Maldonado has revealed he tested positive for COVID-19, indicating that he’s “struggling with the symptoms” and is asking everyone for their prayers.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Family, I could use your prayers if at all possible. Unfortunately tested positive for the Covid 19 and am struggling with the symptoms,” he wrote on his personal Facebook page.
“I know everyoneâ€™s been affected one way or the other but if you can find the time for me I would greatly appreciate it. Many blessings for all and stay safe!”
Maldonado is the fifth Hudson County election official to reveal he has the coronavirus: Jersey City Councilmen Rolando Lavarro and Michael Yun, as well as Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-32) and Weehawken Board of Education Richard Barsa, preceded him.
Barsa, also the township’s finance manager, was the first local elected official to die from the virus.
The afternoon, the New Jersey Department of Health declared that there are 34,124 cases of the coronavirus in New Jersey, including 3,491 cases in Hudson County â€“ along with 78 deaths, both the third most in the state by county.