Officials announce 2 more 'presumptive' cases of coronavirus, bringing total to 8 in NJ

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The number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey continues to grow, with two new cases announced Monday.

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley announced two presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in Monmouth County.

 The cases are an 83-year-old female in Hazlet and a 27-year-old man in Little Silver. The woman is being treated at Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center. The man is being treated at Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center, and is said to have recently attended the Biogen conference in Boston. Both patients are currently hospitalized and in stable condition.

The news comes as schools are announcing closures and early dismissals.

Amid the outbreak, Princeton University announced Monday it will soon move to online classes only as a temporary response to the coronavirus.

It is the first college in the state to do so.

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Princeton is asking all students to stay home after spring break, and will make sure they can meet academic requirements remotely.

The university will also limit the size of campus gatherings and restrict university-sponsored travel.

The policies will begin on March 23 until April 5.

As of Monday morning, there are more than 108,000 cases and more than 3,800 deaths worldwide. There are 566 cases in the U.S., and 24 people have died from the virus.

In New Jersey, the two cases over the weekend are a 70-year-old man from Teaneck and a 32-year-old man from West New York, bringing the total to eight presumptive cases.

There is one in Hudson County, four in Bergen County and one Camden County, aside from the two in Monmouth County. One of those cases is a 55-year-old man from Englewood. He attended a conservative political conference in Washington D.C. a week and a half ago. He briefly spoke and shook hands with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas. As a result, Cruz is now under a voluntary 14-day quarantine.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence also attended the event, but didn't interact with the man.

A cruise ship with at least 21 people on board testing positive for coronavirus will dock in California Monday. On board the Grand Princess is a Burlington County couple. Karen and Harry Dehver were supposed to already be back in New Jersey by now. Instead, they're on the cruise ship. They say they feel physically fine, but they've been confined to their room for four days.

The ship will dock at an industrial port, not a cruise port -- in Oakland.           

Anyone in need of medical attention will be able to leave the ship first.

The U.S. State Department says anyone with any underlying health conditions should not travel on cruise ships.

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