SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health reported four additional coronavirus patients.  They also reported one additional Sussex County residents lost their life to  COVID- 19 reported on May 14.

The lastest COVID-19 victim is an 89 year-old woman from Andover Township.

County officials announced the total number of coronavirus patients in Sussex County are now 1050. They announced 809 patients have recovered.

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Governor Murphy announced Executive Order 143 opens New Jersey beaches and lakes by May 22, in time for Memorial Day.  The order said there will be restrictions on the numbers of people allowed on the beaches, to be enforced locally. They will also have to enforce the ban on contact sports and organized events.

Swimming will be allowed at beaches but the state is still considering protocols for pools and fishing chargers.

Boardwalk restaurants may remain open for takeout and delivery only.

Public restrooms will be open at state parks when the state has brought on enough staff to keep the clean.

Morris County Board of Freeholders passed a resolution to be sent to Murphy, state legislators, New Jersey Association of Counties and mayors in all 39 Morris County municipalities.  The resolution calls for the safe, phased reopening of the state allowing the state’s economy to reopen while protecting the public from COVID-19. 

The resolution stems from concerns that the closure may actually be harming the overall public health.  They cite a reduction in emergency room visits as they fear people may be avoiding the hospital, ignoring symptoms of heart attacks and strokes and as medical procedures and screenings continue to be postponed, Freeholder John Krickus, Chair of the Morris Recovery Taskforce said in a statement to county residents.

The Morris County Freeholders statement said testing demand at the County College of Morris has gone from 320 per day down to 85 per day.  Positive test results have dropped from 43% to 15%.

State officials are reporting fewer than 4,000 patients were being treated or have been confirmed for COVID-19 since before the peak of activity in April.  The state is reporting more than 450,000 tests have been administered with more than 300,000 having come back negative.

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

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 198 with 79 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 4 with one death
  • Byram Township 40 with one death
  • Frankford Township 77 with 19 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 43 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 17
  • Green Township 13
  • Hamburg Borough 23
  • Hampton Township 28 with two deaths
  • Hardyston Township 48 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 54 with two deaths

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of May 12 there have been a total of total 451,696 tests reported; 142,704 positive tests and 9,946 deaths, related to coronavirus, representing a 6.85% mortality rate.

Hudson County has surpassed Bergen County in the number of positive tests with 17,134 coronavirus patients and 032 deaths.  Bergan County is reporting 17,080 positive tests and 1,423 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,496 victims.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 1,17,774 confirmed cases and 85,898 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 27,641 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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