SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Division of Health announced four additional coronavirus patients, one additional death and 914 recovered patients as of Thursday, May 28.  This brings the total in the county to 1107 patients and 146 deaths related to COVID-19. 

A 70-year-old Andover woman lost her life to coronavirus, according to the division of health.

The Sussex County Freeholders, together with the Freeholders from Warren and Hunterdon Counties sent a joint statement pressing the governor to allow for regional reopening of businesses in the northwest corner of the state.  They also announced the creation of a “Gateway to Resources for Business Reopening” website with information for commercial reopenings.

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The White House announced the extension of Title 32 funding allowing National Guard to continue their assistance in the state through mid-August.  The National Guard is currently deployed in long-term care facilities and FEMA testing sites.

Governor Murphy added details to his previous announcement about outdoor graduation ceremonies, though he did not specify the number of people who would be allowed to attend each ceremony.  He said he would “be shocked if it’s 25 or even close to 25 by July 6.”

Murphy said when non-essential businesses are allowed to reopen for indoor sales, face masks will be required for all occupants, just as they are for essential businesses.

COVID-19 patients by town as of May 28  with COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 205 with 85 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 4 with one death
  • Byram Township 50 with two deaths
  • Frankford Township 79 with 20 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 42 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 18 with one death
  • Green Township 14 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 26
  • Hampton Township 29 with two deaths
  • Hardyston Township 50 with one death
  • Hopatcong Borough 114 with five deaths
  • Lafayette Township 10,
  • Montague Township 24 with two deaths
  • Newton Town 96 with 11 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 15
  • Sandyston Township 6 with one death
  • Sparta Township 105 with eight deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 20 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 11
  • Sussex Borough 8
  • Vernon Township 12 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 51 with one death

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 11,401 reported coronavirus deaths and 157,815 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with 685,857 reported tests.  They caution the numbers may be artificially low because of the long weekend and their experience with weekend data reporting.

Hudson County has the highest number of positive tests in the state with 18,226 coronavirus patients and 1,161 deaths.  Bergen County is reporting 18,158 positive tests and 1,553 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,628 victims and 17,450 patients.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 1,720,613 confirmed cases and 101,573 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 29,529 COVID-19 related deaths and 64,954 recovered patients.

Sussex County Administrator Gregory Poff announced the drive through testing sight at Sussex County Community College opened on May 11. Residents 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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