SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health reported nine additional coronavirus patients. They also reported one additional Sussex County resident lost her life to COVID-19 as of May 16.
An 88-year-old woman from Andover died due to coronavirus.
County officials announced the total number of coronavirus patients in Sussex County are now 1060. They announced 836 patients have recovered and 138 had died.
Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 146 that allows charter boat services including fishing and other water craft rentals beginning Sunday, May 17. The order permits only 10 people on a vessel, social distancing and sanitation rules must be followed, passenger logs must be kept and payments must be made remotely. People are not allowed to share fishing equipment or bait. Food and beverage service is also prohibited.
Murphy said improved health data is allowing for easing of statewide restrictions. Beginning May 26 hospitals will be allowed to resume elective surgeries and other invasive procedures.
Murphy also signed legislation allowing college students to receive state financial aid to address special circumstances because of the coronavirus.
The New Jersey State Police reported overall crime was down: arrests are down 65%, domestic abuse cases are down 16%- but Supt. Col. Patrick Callahan said they may be underreported because of the stay at home orders, shootings are down 19% but shooting murders are up 9%.
COVID-19 patients by town as of May 16 with COVID-19 related deaths:
- Andover Borough 2
- Andover Township 198 with 80 deaths
- Branchville Borough 4 with one death
- Byram Township 41 with one death
- Frankford Township 77 with 19 deaths
- Franklin Borough 41 with two deaths
- Fredon Township 17
- Green Township 13
- Hamburg Borough 23
- Hampton Township 28 with two deaths
- Hardyston Township 49 with one death
- Hopatcong Borough 109 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 10
- Sussex Borough 7
- Vernon Township 121 with six deaths
- Wantage Township 53 with two deaths
The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of May 15 more than 10,000 have died from COVID-19. There have been a total of total 475,224 tests reported; 145,089 positive tests and 10,249 deaths, related to coronavirus, representing a 7.06% mortality rate.
Hudson County has surpassed Bergen County in the number of positive tests with 17,326 coronavirus patients and 1,045 deaths. Bergan County is reporting 17,246 positive tests and 1,450 deaths.
Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,522 victims and 16,032 patients.
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 1,467,820 confirmed cases and 88,754 coronavirus deaths. New York City has reported 28,049 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.