VIRUS UPDATE: CHILD’S DEATH REPORTED

By JOHN T. WARD

A four-year-old New Jersey child became the first state resident under the age of 18 to die from COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy said at his daily crisis briefing Friday.

The child had unspecified underlying conditions, Murphy said. Murphy did not identify the child’s home or offer other detailsĀ  hometown in order to preserve the affected family’s privacy, he said, callingĀ  their loss “unfathomable.”

The death was among the 162 fatalities added to the state’s toll, which numbered 8,952 as of Friday.

Monmouth County lost 1 more resident to the pandemic, for a total of 429, the New Jersey Health Department reported.

Data posted on the state health department website Friday showed 7 more deaths associated with the county’s longterm care facilities. They now account for 322, or 75 percent, of all the county’s deaths in the pandemic.

Neither the state nor county has reported fatality totals by town other than at longterm care facilities.

Separately, the county government reported 6,781 confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday, an increase of 119 from Thursday. Here’s the case breakdown by municipality:

  • Aberdeen: 209
  • Allenhurst: 2
  • Allentown: 6
  • Asbury Park: 159
  • Atlantic Highlands: 25
  • Avon-by-the-Sea: 12
  • Belmar: 25
  • Bradley Beach: 39
  • Brielle: 25
  • Colts Neck: 69
  • Deal: 23
  • Eatontown: 215
  • Englishtown: 37
  • Fair Haven: 22, unchanged from Thursday
  • Farmingdale: 14
  • Freehold Borough: 338
  • Freehold Township: 571
  • Hazlet: 252
  • Highlands: 26
  • Holmdel: 214
  • Howell: 557
  • Interlaken: 1
  • Keansburg: 138
  • Keyport: 78
  • Lake Como: 16
  • Little Silver: 33, up 1
  • Loch Arbour: 1
  • Long Branch: 399
  • Manalapan: 431
  • Manasquan: 30
  • Marlboro: 406
  • Matawan: 159
  • Middletown: 536
  • Millstone Township: 80
  • Monmouth Beach: 17
  • Neptune City: 47
  • Neptune Township: 386
  • Ocean: 254
  • Oceanport: 57
  • Red Bank: 157, up 4
  • Roosevelt: 5
  • Rumson: 31
  • Sea Bright: 9
  • Sea Girt: 13
  • Shrewsbury Borough: 47
  • Shrewsbury Township: 9
  • Spring Lake: 12
  • Spring Lake Heights: 17
  • Tinton Falls: 171
  • Union Beach: 38
  • Upper Freehold: 43
  • Wall: 262
  • West Long Branch: 58

Here are the latest statewide COVID-19 figures:

Deaths since March 10: 8,952, up 162 from Thursday’s report

Positive tests: 135,454, up 1,819

Patients in hospitals: 4,605, down 391

Patients in intensive/critical care: 1,439, down 31

Patients on ventilators: 1,089, down 18

Patients discharged in preceding 24 hours: 464, up 4