SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health has announced two additional coronavirus related deaths and 10 additional COVID-19 patients.  The total number of coronavirus patients is now 797 on April 24. This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the county to 84. 

There is still no testing in Sussex County.

In Sussex County there are 395 women who have tested positive accounting for 49.6% and 401 men for 50.5% according to the Communicable Disease Reporting Surveillance and System.

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Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 128 giving additional protections to renters and homeowners during the health crisis.  This allows renters to use their security deposit to pay their rent.  It also established a portal where landlords and renters can get information. 

The New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said all of the state’s developmental disability homes and psychiatric facilities would be getting full testing under a plan to be released next week.

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.

The Health & Prevention Sharing Network has released a COVID-19 Emergency Response Directory that includes links to youtube videos of all Governor Murphy’s COVID-19 briefings, phone numbers for New Jersey COVID-19 resources and information about the 31 coronavirus testing sites in New Jersey.  Sussex County is noted as “no current testing sites. If symptoms present Sussex County Division of Health Advised to call your doctor.”

The resource also provides information about access to Narcan as well as recovery support and recovery meeting, substance use disorder treatment and guidance and contact information, mental health resources and designated screening services, grief support resources- primarily available online, a variety of crisis hotlines both local and national, national and state resources and social services. The directory lists food banks by county, emergency shelters by county, national senior services, national and local veterans services and more.

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 Sussex County Division of Health did not release new patient information on April 24.

COVID-19 patients by town as of April 24:

  • Andover Borough 2,
  • Andover Township 159,
  • Branchville Borough 5,
  • Byram Township 31,
  • Frankford Township 43,
  • Franklin Borough 31,
  • Fredon Township 11,
  • Green Township 9,
  • Hamburg Borough 18,
  • Hampton Township 22,
  • Hardyston Township 38,
  • Hopatcong Borough 83,
  • Lafayette Township 9,
  • Montague Township 16,
  • Newton Town 70,
  • Ogdensburg Borough 14,
  • Sandyston Township 4,
  • Sparta Township 81,
  • Stanhope Borough 17,
  • Stillwater Township, 4,
  • Sussex Borough 4,
  • Vernon Township 91,
  • 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 185,329 total tests reported; 102,196 positive tests, 103,766 negative tests and 5,617 deaths, related to coronavirus. Bergen County continues to have the most patients with 14,363 and 934 deaths. Hudson County has the second highest count of residents with positive test results; 13,011 patients with 640 deaths. Essex County has 12,110 patients with and 975 deaths.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 890,524 confirmed cases with 4,692,797 people tested and 51,017 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 16,646 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.  

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