SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health reported nine additional coronavirus patient.  They also reported there were no additional COVID-19 related deaths in Sussex County as of May 20.

County officials announced the total number of coronavirus patients in Sussex County are now 1074. They announced 866 patients have recovered and 140 have died.

Sussex County officials have announced the testing site at Sussex County Community College will be closed on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day.

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State officials have confirmed 15 cases of children between 2 and 18 are showing signs of the pediatric inflammatory ailment, also called Kawasaki disease with three new cases confirmed since yesterday.  Of the 15 children, 11 have tested positive for COVID-19, four remain hospitalized.  No deaths have been related to Kawasaki that presents with rash, fever, irritability, swollen feet or hands, conjunctivitis and abdominal pain.

State officials announced a total of 5,410 deaths of residents of Long Term Care facilities and 99 LTC staff members have also died from coronavirus.  This represents just over half of all COVID-19 related deaths in the state.

Governor Murphy announced Walmart and Quesst Diagnostics have partnered to offer self-administered swab tests for coronavirus by appointment at Walmart locations in Garfield, North Bergen, Kearny, Flemington, Burlington, Howell and Mount Laurel.  The tests will be available at drive in locations outside the stores between 7 and 9 a.m.  Next week the tests will be available Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  Beginning June 1 they will be testing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

Appointments for the Walmart locations must be made through MyQuestCovidTest.com.

New Jersey Homeland Security Director James Maples is warning residents of fraudulent texts from bogus contact traces that have included a malicious weblink.  Recently the fraudulent texts have included information about how to contact a bogus tracer for an interview. 

Officials said real contact tracers will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card information or insurance information.

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is launching a “Buy NJ” campaign urging companies and consumers to buy products and services from New Jersey based businesses, with a focus on local small businesses.

COVID-19 patients by town as of May 19 with COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 200 with 81 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 4 with one death
  • Byram Township 47 with one death
  • Frankford Township 76 with 19 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 42 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 17
  • Green Township 12 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 27
  • Hampton Township 28 with two deaths
  • Hardyston Township 50 with one death
  • Hopatcong Borough 110 with five deaths
  • Lafayette Township 9,
  • Montague Township 22 with two deaths
  • Newton Town 93 with 11 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 15
  • Sandyston Township 6 with one death
  • Sparta Township 103 with seven deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 20 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 10
  • Sussex Borough 8
  • Vernon Township 122 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 51 with two deaths

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of May 20 there have been a total of total 531,343 tests reported; 150,399 positive tests and 10,747deaths, related to coronavirus, representing a 7.14% mortality rate.

Hudson County has the highest number of positive tests in the state with 17,748 coronavirus patients and 1,106 deaths.  Bergan County is reporting 17,518 positive tests and 1,500 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,569 victims and 16,852 patients.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 1,59,052 confirmed cases and 93,214 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 28,636 COVID-19 related deaths.

Sussex County Administrator Gregory Poff announced the drive through testing sight at Sussex County Community College opened on May 11.  People must have a prescription and be showing symptoms to be able to get an appointment.  The test is a Nasopharyngeal swab test, according to the county.  This site does not offer antibody testing, even if the resident has a prescription.

New Jersey Department of Human Services has launched a hotline for residents who need help coping with stress and anxiety during the health crisis.  The hotline is open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week- 866-202-4357.

St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson is also providing a free helpline for hearing impaired Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 973-870-0677.

The state COVID-19 hotline can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-962-1253 or text NJCOVID to 898-211.

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