SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health reported four additional coronavirus patients.  They also reported no additional Sussex County residents lost their lived to  COVID- 19 reported on May 13.

County officials announced the total number of coronavirus patients in Sussex County are now 1046. They announced 772 patients have recovered.

Governor Murphy signed an executive order that will go into effect on Monday, May 18 allowing for non-essential construction and non-essential retail stores to reopen for curbside pickup only, drive through and drive-in events under social distancing guidelines.

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The order says car gatherings do not violate Executive Order 107.  The examples of car gatherings include drive-in movies, religious services, or drive through farms or safaris. The order clarified car gathering restrictions: people must remain in the same vehicle throughout the event except for health-related issues or to use a restroom.  Vehicles must remain closed unless there are six feet between vehicles or a public official requires the car to be open.  People who are out of their cars must wear a face covering. 

Murphy said by the end of the week he planned to give additional guidance about beach openings, elective surgeries at hospitals and voting in the July 7 state primary. 

COVID-19 patients by town as of May 13 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 108 with five deaths
  • Lafayette Township 9,
  • Montague Township 22 with two deaths
  • Newton Town 89 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 53 with two deaths

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of May 13 there have been a total of total 441,450 tests reported; 141,560 positive tests and 9,702 deaths, related to coronavirus, representing a 6.85% mortality rate.

Bergen County continues to have the most patients with 17,150 and 1,409 deaths, representing a 8.2% mortality rate. Hudson County has the second highest count of residents with positive test results; 17,035 patients with 1007 deaths with a 5.9% mortality rate. Essex County has 15,749 patients with and 1,471 deaths representing 9.3% 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 1,390,361 confirmed cases and 84,119 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 27,477 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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