March 11, 2020
New Jersey reported its first COVID-19-related death — a 69-year-old man from Bergen County — as New York unveiled the most stringent measures seen in the U.S. so far to combat the surge in coronavirus cases in Westchester County.
The Little Ferry victim was later identified as John Brennan, an employee of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, according to the group’s president in a Facebook post by Harness Racing Update. Health officials said Brennan had underlying conditions including emphysema, hypertension and diabetes.
He had no travel nexus to high-risk countries but did work in New York, with the SOA president saying he was at the Yonkers Raceway “every night” and would have had exposure to many people there.
He initially survived one cardiac arrest but went into cardiac arrest for a second time Tuesday. The second time he could not be revived. He is among the now 15 presumptive positive cases in the Garden State.
“Our prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” Gov. Phil Murphy and Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver said in a joint statement. “We remain vigilant to doing all we can — across all levels of government — to protect the people of New Jersey.”
This article was posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 5:37 am