SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health has announced four additional coronavirus related deaths and 17 additional COVID-19 patients.  The total number of coronavirus patients is now 921 on April 29.

This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the county to 103 with a mortality rate of 11.1%. 

Three Frankford residents have reportedly lost their lives to the coronavirus; 91-year-old man, 95-year-old man and a 79-year-old woman, as well as a 76-year-old woman from Andover.

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There is still no testing in Sussex County.

Governor Murphy’s Executive Order  133 announced state parks and golf courses will reopen at sunrise on Saturday, May 2.  People using the parks and playing golf are still required to observe social distancing rules.  Parking lots at the parks and golf courses are only allowed to fill to 50% capacity. Public restrooms are to remain closed. 

Team sports and picnics remain prohibited acts in the parks.  Officials recommend people continue to wear face coverings.

Murphy also signed Executive Order 132 allow petitions to place municipal or county initiatives on the ballot to be signed and submitted to the county and municipal clerks electronically.  The EO allows for candidate petitions also to be submitted electronically, with electronic signatures.

EO 132 states the Department of Law and Public Safety will provide a templet for an online form to collect signatures electronically.  It establishes rules for electronic and manual signatures.

The New Jersey Department of Health released guidelines for returning to work after a positive COVID-19 test or suspected coronavirus infection.

Feeling better, according to the guidelines, means “fever is gone, respiratory symptoms have greatly improved, generally feel recovered from your sickness.”

Guidelines for returning to work, according to the New Jersey Department of Health, include “at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and being fever free for 72 hours or 3 days without using medicine to reduce the fever and cough or shortness of breath have improved.”

The Sussex County Division of Health released a new report giving a gender breakdown of the reported positive cases of COVID-19.

COVID-19 patients by town as of April 29 with gender breakdown:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 184
  • Branchville Borough 6
  • Byram Township 34
  • Frankford Township 57
  • Franklin Borough 38
  • Fredon Township 14
  • Green Township 11
  • Hamburg Borough 21
  • Hampton Township 24
  • Hardyston Township 44
  • Hopatcong Borough 96
  • Lafayette Township 12,
  • Montague Township 19  
  • Newton Town 72
  • Ogdensburg Borough 15
  • Sandyston Township 4
  • Sparta Township 92
  • Stanhope Borough 17
  • Stillwater Township 7
  • Sussex Borough 5
  • Vernon Township 104
  • Wantage Township 42

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of April 23, there have been a total of 216,221 total tests reported; 116,264 positive tests, 125,054 negative tests and 6,770 deaths, related to coronavirus, representing a 5.8% mortality rate.

Bergen County continues to have the most patients with 15,446 and 1,057 deaths, representing a 6.8% mortality rate. Hudson County has the second highest count of residents with positive test results; 14,596 patients with 758 deaths with a 5.2% mortality rate. Essex County has 13,445 patients with and 1139 deaths representing 8.47% mortality rate.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 1,039,909 confirmed cases with 6,026,170 people tested and 60,967 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 18,076 COVID-19 related deaths.

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.

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.

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.