SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health reported five additional coronavirus patients in Sussex County and no additional COVID-19 related deaths in Sussex as of May 22

County officials announced the total number of coronavirus patients in Sussex County are now 1079. They announced 869 patients have recovered and 141 had died.

Sussex County officials report women make up 51% of the COVID-19 cases with 553 positive patients and 49% men with 526 cases.

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The Sussex County officials also report on Long Term Care Facilities:

Andover Subacute and Rehab Center I – 62 positive cases among staff and residents, 17 resident deaths, 1 staff member died

Andover Subacute and Rehab Center II 203 positive cases among staff and residents, 58 resident deaths and 1 staff member death

Homestead Rehab and Health Care Center – 66 positive cases among staff and residents, 56 resident deaths

Barn Hill Care Center – 16 positive cases among staff members and residents, with one staff member death

Valley View RHC – 23 positive cases among staff members and residents with eight resident deaths and one staff member death

Governor Murphy’s executive order raises the limit of people at outdoor gatherings from 10 to 25. Indoor gatherings are still limited to 10 people.  All recreational campgrounds can reopen.

Murphy announce deep cuts and austerity measures are on the horizon with a looming revenue shortfall of nearly $10 billion.  His plan calls for cut or shift of $5 billion, canceling all planned state department spending increases.  Murphy proposed all planned increases will be canceled including a planed $330 million increase in school aid. 

Murphy is also proposing a state hiring freeze, with the exception of COVID-19 related needs. The $421 million surplus fund will be shifted to the general fund, officials said, to help offset costs.

COVID-19 patients by town as of May 21 with COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 200 with 82 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 4 with one death
  • Byram Township 47 with two deaths
  • Frankford Township 75 with 19 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 42 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 17
  • Green Township 12 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 26
  • Hampton Township 30 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 96 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 11
  • Sussex Borough 8
  • Vernon Township 122 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 51 with one death

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of May 21 more than 10,000 have died from COVID-19. There have been a total of total 555,314 tests reported; 152,719 positive tests and 10,985 deaths, related to coronavirus, representing a 7.19% mortality rate.

Hudson County has the highest number of positive tests in the state with 17,897 coronavirus patients and 1,134 deaths.  Bergen County is reporting 17,653 positive tests and 1,515 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,585 victims and 17,014 patients.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 1,598,631 confirmed cases and 95,847 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 28,853 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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