NJ Health Commissioner: A family gathering in Monmouth County led to one COVID-19 death and several positive tests

New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said that a family gathering has resulted in one Monmouth County death from COVID-19 and several positive tests for the virus.  The women who died at CentreState Medical Center on Thursday, was related to a sibling of the Bergen County man who died earlier last week.

Persichilli made the announcement on a telephonic media briefing which included Governor Phil Murphy and other state officials.

Murphy said that we need to “shake the state from business as usual” and dramatically increase social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Governor announced that there are 31 new cases of COVID-19 cases since Saturday and that there are now 98 cases in New Jersey, including the two fatalities.

Murphy said that he would be announcing a statewide closure of schools on Monday and that state government workers will be working from home starting later this week. “We need to walk the walk,” the governor said. “We’re encouraging businesses to have their employees work from home. We need to do so as well.  This is an important part of social distancing.”

The governor said that he has asked the federal government to open a emergency Affordable Heathcare Act enrollment period healthcare.gov.

Murphy announced that a website, cv.business.nj.gov has been set up for businesses, “particularly small businesses” with information on how to appropriately handle employees and available government assistance.

The governor is encouraging employers to continue to pay their employees who are not able to work due to the virus. He said that failure to do so may disqualify that business from applying for yet to be announced federal or state assistance.


Posted: March 15th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

2 Comments on “NJ Health Commissioner: A family gathering in Monmouth County led to one COVID-19 death and several positive tests”

  1. Audrey said at 4:31 pm on March 15th, 2020:

    We need to shut down businesses and restaurants so there is no option but to stay home! If we don’t stop living our normal lives now, we will be Italy and be on lockdown after too many preventable deaths. Can we not learn from their delayed reaction and poor decisions? Worst case we overreact and are wrong… better than the other option!

  2. A said at 11:24 pm on March 15th, 2020:

    To stop the spread of the virus , the only way is to close everything down except medical attention/ and have everyone quarantined. Maybe send out the United States Army/Troops to peoples houses with supplies in emergency situations. To stop the spread – quarantine everyone till it clears out