Woman in her 80s is first Hudson County resident to die from COVID-19, NJ DOH says

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A woman in her 80s with pre-exisiting conditions is the first Hudson County resident to die from COVID-19, the New Jersey Department of Health told HCV.

Photo via hudsonchamber.org.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

NJ DOH Director of Communications Donna Leusner said an in email that the woman was in her 80s and lived in Hudson County.

She said that “due to the volume of cases” additional details could not be provided as of Wednesday evening.

At a daily press conference in Trenton addressing the coronavirus pandemic, NJ DOH Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced this afternoon that two more patients – making for a total of five in New Jersey to date – had succumbed to the disease.

“We are sad to report today two additional fatalities of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. As we have seen across the nation, and in New Jersey, both of these individuals were high risk, over 60 years of age, with co-morbid conditions,” she said, later clarifying that one patient was from Essex County and the other from Hudson County.

Persichilli also said that there are currently 427 cases of the coronavirus across the state, up 162 cases from yesterday.

After the aforementioned news conference, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said in a Facebook Live video that a city resident, a man in his 40s, had died from the coronavirus, which would potentially mean two fatal cases in Essex County and six throughout the state.

Several Hudson County officials said this evening that they had not been informed of any fatal cases of COVID-19 at this point, while others not immediately respond to inquiries seeking comment.

According to the NJ DOH, there have been 34 cases of the coronavirus diagnosed in Hudson County.

Thus far, 23 cases have been announced publicly: eight in Jersey City, two in West New York, two in North Bergen, three in Kearny, one in Bayonne, and seven in Hoboken.