SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health has announced seven additional coronavirus related deaths and 13 additional COVID-19 patients.  The total number of coronavirus patients is now 948 on May 1.

This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the county to 114 with a mortality rate of 12%. 

The deaths included a 67-year-old man and a 74-year-old man from Franklin and a 66-year-old woman, a 64-year-old man, an 80-year-old man, an 83-year-old woman and a 71-year-old woman from Andover.

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As of May 1, according to the Sussex County Department of Health 68% of the identified coronavirus patients are recovering, 12% have died and 20% are under investigation.

There is still no testing in Sussex County but the Board of Chosen Freeholders announced plans to open a drive through testing station at the Sussex County Community College.

Governor Murphy announced state parks and golf courses with open as of sunrise on Saturday, with restrictions.  Parking lots can only go to 50% capacity, social distancing must be followed, gatherings or picnics are prohibited, playgrounds and restrooms will remain closed.

On the golf course tee times must by at least 16 minutes apart, carts are limited to one person, additional sanitization, including flag sticks will be required and foursomes are limited to immediate family. 

Municipalities can make their own decisions about opening tennis courts. 

Wedding ceremonies are also addressed in the most recent executive order.  Municipalities are permitted to allow for socially distanced wedding ceremonies but are not required to do so.  Weddings can also be allowed via videoconference.

Student working papers do not have to have an in-person signature.

He said on Monday or Tuesday he would announce whether schools will reopen or remain closed for the remainder of the school year.

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

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 184 with 67 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 5 with one death
  • Byram Township 37 with one death
  • Frankford Township 63 with 10 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 39 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 16
  • Green Township 12
  • Hamburg Borough 21
  • Hampton Township 25 with two deaths
  • Hardyston Township 45 with one death
  • Hopatcong Borough 98 with three deaths
  • Lafayette Township 11,
  • Montague Township 19 with two deaths
  • Newton Town 74 with seven deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 15
  • Sandyston Township 6 with one death
  • Sparta Township 94 with eight deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 16 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 11
  • Sussex Borough 5
  • Vernon Township 106 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 44 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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