SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health has announced five additional coronavirus related deaths and 27 additional COVID-19 patients.  The total number of coronavirus patients is now 787.

This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the county to 82. 

There is still no testing in Sussex County.

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Mountain Creek has announced they are offering the services of their in-house chief financial officer and accounting department to assist Sussex County small businesses. They will help them with the Small Business loan application process, along with all the necessary forms without charge. 

Any Sussex County small business interested in making use of the free assistance can contact Kat Polizos at Kpolizos@mountaincreek.com.

The governor had to pull back statements made early yesterday regarding the FEMA testing sites. He had to retract the announcement that the Bergen Community College and PNC Bank Arts center would open for any New Jersey resident to be tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms. He learned the state would need to get a waiver from the federal government to allow that to happen. 

State officials announced next week they will begin using the saliva test developed at Rutgers University to test all residents and staff at the five state run facilities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

The Rutgers testing is also planned for all staff at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and 100,000 people in Newark, according to officials.

The Sussex County Division of Health did not release new patient information on April 23.

COVID-19 patients by town as of April 23:

  • Andover Borough 2,
  • Andover Township 157,
  • Branchville Borough 5,
  • Byram Township 31,
  • Frankford Township 40,
  • Franklin Borough 31,
  • Fredon Township 11,
  • Green Township 9,
  • Hamburg Borough 18,
  • Hampton Township 23,
  • Hardyston Township 36,
  • Hopatcong Borough 81,
  • Lafayette Township 9,
  • Montague Township 16,
  • Newton Town 69,
  • Ogdensburg Borough 14,
  • Sandyston Township 4,
  • Sparta Township 81,
  • Stanhope Borough 17,
  • Stillwater Township, 4,
  • Sussex Borough 4,
  • Vernon Township 90,
  • Wantage Township 35.

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 23, there have been a total of 172,818 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 4,660,250 people tested and 49,887 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 16,388 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.