The Town of Kearny is the first Hudson County municipality to confirm a death related to the coronavirus: an 82-year-old man who was also battling cancer, Mayor Al Santos told HCV.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Santos said that the elderly resident was pronounced dead at the hospital on Saturday and that five town residents have been diagnosed with the coronavirus to date.
Kearny has also had three non-residents test positive: a child that attended a local daycare and two inmates at the county jail – which will now go on “modified lock-down” for 14 days, according to the county government’s website.
This afternoon, the New Jersey Department of Health revealed that 2,844 positive cases of COVID-19 have been recorded by the state, including 190 cases in Hudson County.
On Wednesday, the NJ DOH exclusively told HCV that the first record death in Hudson County was a woman in her 80s, declining to provide any other details due to the “high volume of cases” they were investigating.
Therefore, this is at least the second COVID-19 related death in Hudson County and the first to be disclosed by local officials.
Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said this afternoon that 27 people throughout the state have died due to complications from the disease, the overwhelming majority of which had pre-existing medical conditions.