A second New Jersey resident has died in connection with the COVID-19 virus.
The latest victim was related in some way (a source says the sister) to horse trainer John Brennan of Little Ferry, who was the first New Jerseyean to die from the virus, according to a source. InsiderNJ has not confirmed this information with the state Department of Health, which earlier today did not respond to an email about this case.
The independent source said the woman had an underlying thyroid condition.
Governor Phil Murphy announced the death this evening via Twitter but did not identify the woman as a relative of Mr. Brennan.
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The state lab did not receive the specimen in this case until last night, either after the woman had died or in the same time frame, and did not receive the results confriming COVID-19 as the reason for her death until later today.
This is a developing story.
Murphy relayed the news about Mr. Brennan on March 10th.
Mr. Brennan died Tuesday at Hackensack University Medical Center, about a week after he had reported to his primary care doctor with a fever and cough, according to the Associated Press.