SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health reported an additional coronavirus patient.  They also reported two additional Sussex County resident lost their life to COVID-19 as of May 19.

An 85-year-old woman from Newton and a 79-year-old Green Township man have died due to coronavirus.

County officials announced the total number of coronavirus patients in Sussex County are now 1065. They announced 883 patients have recovered and 140 had died.

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State officials have reported 18,000 licensed pharmacists in New Jersey are now permitted to administer COVID-19 tests to customers.  The test will be conducted at approximately 2,200 pharmacies without a prescription. 

Governor Murphy said CVS pharmacies will be offering self-swab tests at 50 New Jersey locations or more by the end of May.

Murphy added in person sales at car dealerships, motorcycle dealerships and bicycle shop to the list of businesses that will be allowed to reopen as of Friday.  They are added to the list of outdoor activities what will be reopening on Friday, including beaches, batting cages, driving ranges, community gardens, archery and shooting ranges, horseback riding centers, tennis clubs as well as relaxing rules at golf courses. 

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

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 198 with 81 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 4 with one death
  • Byram Township 43 with one death
  • Frankford Township 76 with 19 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 42 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 17
  • Green Township 13 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 26
  • Hampton Township 28 with two deaths
  • Hardyston Township 50 with one death
  • Hopatcong Borough 110 with five deaths
  • Lafayette Township 9,
  • Montague Township 22 with two deaths
  • Newton Town 92 with 11 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 15
  • Sandyston Township 6 with one death
  • Sparta Township 102 with seven deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 20 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 10
  • Sussex Borough 7
  • Vernon Township 121 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 52 with two deaths

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of May 19 more than 10,000 have died from COVID-19. There have been a total of total 520,182 tests reported; 149,013 positive tests and 10,586 deaths, related to coronavirus, representing a 7.04% mortality rate.

Hudson County has the highest number of positive tests in the state with 17,621 coronavirus patients and 1,062 deaths.  Bergen County is reporting 17,522 positive tests and 1,474 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,565 victims and 16,686 patients.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 1,527,723 confirmed cases and 91,872 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 28,558 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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