SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health has announced 13 additional coronavirus related deaths and 37 additional COVID-19 patients.  The total number of coronavirus patients is now 760. This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the county to 77. No additional information was provided.

There is still no testing in Sussex County.

Governor Murphy signed legislation requiring demographic and racial data of COVID-19 patients be reported to the New Jersey Department of Health.

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Murphy, New York Governor Cuomo and Connecticut Governor Lamont are working together on a COVID-19 contact tracing program as well as protocol for a reopening strategy that will include testing protocol.

The racial breakdown of COVID-19 related fatalities in New Jersey as of April 22 :

  • 49% White
  • 22% African American/Black
  • 17.2% Hispanic/Latin
  • 5.4% Asian
  • 6.1% other

The New Jersey Department of Health reports a 3% decrease in hospitalizations in the past two days with 7,210 patients, 1,983 in intensive care with 1,570 on ventilators.  There have been 9,692 discharged patients.

New Jersey Department of Health reports 183 of 741 residents at the state’s veterans’ homes have tested positive for coronavirus, 80 residents have died and 98 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Sussex County Division of Health did not release new patient information on April 22.

COVID-19 patients by town as of April 22:

  • Andover Borough 2,
  • Andover Township 151,
  • Branchville Borough 5,
  • Byram Township 31,
  • Frankford Township 37,
  • Franklin Borough 30,
  • Fredon Township 11,
  • Green Township 8,
  • Hamburg Borough 18,
  • Hampton Township 22,
  • Hardyston Township 36,
  • Hopatcong Borough 77,
  • Lafayette Township 8,
  • Montague Township 16,
  • Newton Town 67,
  • Ogdensburg Borough 12,
  • Sandyston Township 4,
  • Sparta Township 80,
  • Stanhope Borough 18,
  • Stillwater Township, 4,
  • Sussex Borough 4,
  • Vernon Township 85,
  • Wantage Township 34.

While there is still no testing in Sussex County, the drive through site at County College of Morris will be accommodating about 75 Sussex County residents each day, according to an announcement by the department of health.

The testing is done by appointment and people seeking to be tested must have a prescription from a doctor or medical provider according to the announcement. The CCM testing site will be accommodating approximately 240 Morris County residents each day, in addition to Sussex County residents. 

“To be tested you must be in a vehicle, must have identification, must have an appointment and must have a prescription, preferably printed, from a medical provider,” the statement said.  Appointments are to be made on the Morris County website.

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of April 22, there have been a total of 172,612 total tests reported; 95,865 positive tests, 95,794 negative tests and 5,063 deaths, related to coronavirus. Bergen County continues to have the most patients with 13,686 and 876 deaths. Hudson County has the second highest count of residents with positive test results; 12,039 patients with 568 deaths. Essex County has 11,387 patients with and 888 deaths.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 841,556 confirmed cases with 4,466,559 people tested and 46,688 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 15,074 COVID-19 related deaths.

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

Testing for coronavirus is still not available in Sussex County.  Anyone who is concerned they may have symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to contact their doctor. Testing can be provided at the Community College of Morris with an appointment and a prescription.