Several members of Freehold family die from coronavirus, 3 remain in critical condition

Gov. Phil Murphy says four more people have died from coronavirus in the state, bringing the total number of fatalities to nine.

News 12 Staff

Mar 20, 2020, 9:56 AM

Updated 1,531 days ago

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Gov. Phil Murphy says four more people have died from coronavirus in the state, bringing the total number of fatalities to nine.
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In one of the most tragic stories, several members of one Freehold family have died from coronavirus, according to reports.
Grace Fusco, 73, died just hours after her son, and days after her daughter.
Her four other children remain in the hospital this morning -- three are in critical condition.
The family recently had a gathering that's believed to be the source of the infections.
The governor said Thursday that more than 700 cases have tested positive. He says he thinks the figure will rise into the "many thousands" before the crisis is over. For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.
State officials also announced the patients in at least six nursing homes statewide have been exposed to the virus. Health officials say that they are engaged in a global war against the illness.
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A drive-through testing facility at Bergen Community College is expected to open today. It will be able to test 2,500 symptomatic people each week, but officials say that it will take three to four weeks to reopen a closed hospital in southern New Jersey.
Murphy also announced more restrictions designed to keep people in their homes practicing social distancing. All "personal care" businesses like beauty and nail salons, barbershops and tattoo parlors must close by 8 p.m. Thursday, and remain closed until further notice.
Murphy also signed an executive order postponing numerous elections until May 12. These include special elections scheduled in Atlantic City, Old Bridge and West Amwell, as well as some school board elections that were scheduled. All those new May elections will only take mail-in ballots.
The governor said that New Jersey's June 2 Primary Election is still on – but he says that this could change.
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The Associated Press Wire Services contributed to this report.


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