SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health reported two additional coronavirus patients.  They also reported seven more Sussex County residents lost their lived to COVID- 19 on May 12.

The latest victims are an 82-year-old woman, a 73-yaer-old man, an 82-year-old woman, a 56-year-old man all from Andover.  A 70-year-old woman from Hopatcong, a 90-yaer-old woman from Frankford and a 70-yaer-old man all lost their lives to the coronavirus, the county health department reported on May 12.

County officials announced the total number of coronavirus patients in Sussex County are now 1042. They announced 766 patients have recovered.

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Governor Murphy announced the state reopening would need to have increased teasing and centralized contact tracing efforts.  State officials said they have set a goal of 20,000 tests conducted per day by the end of May and 25,000 by the end of June.

The state has announced from 1,000 to 5,000 people will be hired to be contract tracers, with 800 more performing that role on a local basis. The plan, according to officials, is to use college students in public health and social work related fields of study for the contact tracing jobs.  The contact tracers will reportedly earn $25 an hour. 

The state has partnered with Dimagi to use its CommCare platform to process the data collected by the contract tracers.  Murphy issued an executive order directing all health officials to use the Dimagi platform to coordinate all of their coronavirus related data.  Murphy put the price tag for contact tracing at “hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Rutgers University will receive $6 million to increase the capacity for running their saliva based tests from 10,000 to 50,000 in the next two months. 

CVS Pharmacies will have the “swab and send” testing capability in 50 of its stores by the end of May.

COVID-19 patients by town as of May 11 with COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 197 with 78 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 4 with one death
  • Byram Township 40 with one death
  • Frankford Township 78 with 19 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 42 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 17
  • Green Township 12
  • Hamburg Borough 23
  • Hampton Township 29 with two deaths
  • Hardyston Township 47 with one death
  • Hopatcong Borough 107 with five deaths
  • Lafayette Township 9,
  • Montague Township 22 with two deaths
  • Newton Town 87 with 10 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 15
  • Sandyston Township 6 with one death
  • Sparta Township 98 with seven deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 20 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 11
  • Sussex Borough 6
  • Vernon Township 119 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 51 with two deaths

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of May 12 there have been a total of total 433,060 tests reported; 140,743 positive tests and 9,508 deaths, related to coronavirus, representing a 6.7% mortality rate.

Bergen County continues to have the most patients with 17,091 and 1,388 deaths, representing a 8.12% mortality rate. Hudson County has the second highest count of residents with positive test results; 16,975 patients with 981 deaths with a 5.7% mortality rate. Essex County has 15,658 patients with and 1,444 deaths representing 9.2% mortality rate. Essex County has the fifth highest number of deaths in the country. 

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 1,369,376 confirmed cases and 82,356 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 27,284 COVID-19 related deaths.

Sussex County Administrator Gregory Poff announced the drive through testing sight at Sussex County Community College opened on May 11.  People must have a prescription and be showing symptoms to be able to get an appointment.  The test is a Nasopharyngeal swab test, according to the county.  This site does not offer antibody testing, even if the resident has a prescription.

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.

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