SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health has announced six additional coronavirus related deaths and 14 additional COVID-19 patients.  The total number of coronavirus patients is now 935 on April 30.

This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the county to 109 with a mortality rate of 11.65%. 

Two Frankford residents  and four Andover residents have reportedly lost their lives to the coronavirus; 93-year-old woman and 96-year-old woman from Frankford and a 55-yaer-old woman, a 71-year-old man, a 78-year-old man and a 61-yaer-old man from Andover.

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There is still no testing in Sussex County.

Governor Murphy met with President Trump at the White House on Thursday.  Murphy told Trump New Jersey would need $20 billion in federal aid.  He later characterized the meeting as “a good and productive conversation.”

The governor announced New Jersey will be getting 550,000 new COVID-19 test kits, 750,000 swabs, 220,000 masks and a million gloves from the federal government. 

Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 134 directing the United States and New Jersey flags to fly at half-staff on May 1 to honor the former first lady Debby Kean. Kean, wife of former Governor Tom Kean died Thursday evening at her home.  She was 76 and is survived by her husband, sons Thomas and Reed, daughter Alexandra and seven grandchildren.

According to an announcement by the governor, all inmates and staff of the state’s prisons will be tested beginning next week. Testing of NJ Transit employees will begin at the American Dream mall in Rutherford.  Other testing sites in central and south Jersey have yet to be announced.

COVID-19 patients by town as of April 30 with COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 185 with 63 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 6 with one death
  • Byram Township 37 with one death
  • Frankford Township 60 with 10 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 38
  • Fredon Township 16
  • Green Township 11
  • Hamburg Borough 20
  • Hampton Township 24 with two deaths
  • Hardyston Township 45 with one death
  • Hopatcong Borough 98 with three deaths
  • Lafayette Township 12,
  • Montague Township 19 with two deaths
  • Newton Town 72 with seven deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 15
  • Sandyston Township 4 with one death
  • Sparta Township 95 with nine deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 16 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 7
  • Sussex Borough 5
  • Vernon Township 104 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 43 with two deaths

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of April 23, there have been a total of total 222,tests reported; 118,652 positive tests, 129,266 negative tests and 7,228deaths, related to coronavirus, representing a 6.0% mortality rate.

Bergen County continues to have the most patients with 15,610 and 1,136 deaths, representing a 7.2% mortality rate. Hudson County has the second highest count of residents with positive test results; 14,916 patients with 798 deaths with a 5.3% mortality rate. Essex County has 13,682 patients with and 1,186 deaths representing 8.6% mortality rate.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 1,069,664 confirmed cases with 6,231,182 people tested and 63,006 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 18,069 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.  

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