SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health announced five Sussex County residents lost their lives to COVID-19 on.  On Saturday they announced there were no coronavirus related deaths. The total number of coronavirus patients is now 987 on May 4.

Four of the five deaths were Andover residents: 73-year-old man, 73-year-old man, 36-year-old man and a 53-year-old man.  The fifth victim was an 82-year-old woman.

The total COVID-19 related deaths in the county is 119 with a mortality rate of 12%.

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State officials said reported coronavirus related data for May 4 was likely low because the state’s website was down for part of Sunday.

Governor Murphy confirmed statewide the schools will remain closed through June 30.  Private schools with a longer school year were to also remain closed through June 30.  The governor said summer enrichment and restorative programs were still under consideration, along with the question of how schools will reopen in September.

Following that announcement, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association or NJSIAA confirmed school sports will not resume this school year.

The state has reportedly applied for $310 million is federal aid for schools to help pay for school sanitization, technology and support services.

The governor reported there was “overwhelming compliance” with the distancing and other restrictions regarding the opening of state and county parks and golf courses. 

There is still no testing in Sussex County.

COVID-19 patients by town as of May 4 with COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 189 with 71 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 5 with one death
  • Byram Township 38 with one death
  • Frankford Township 65 with 11 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 40 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 16
  • Green Township 12
  • Hamburg Borough 23
  • Hampton Township 28 with two deaths
  • Hardyston Township 46 with one death
  • Hopatcong Borough 100 with three deaths
  • Lafayette Township 11,
  • Montague Township 19 with two deaths
  • Newton Town 79 with eight deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 15
  • Sandyston Township 6 with one death
  • Sparta Township 98 with seven deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 17 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 11
  • Sussex Borough 6
  • Vernon Township 113 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 48 with two deaths

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of May 4, there have been a total of total 248,319 tests reported; 128,269 positive tests, 148,951 negative tests and 7,910 deaths, related to coronavirus, representing a 6.1% mortality rate.

Bergen County continues to have the most patients with 16,282 and 1,215 deaths, representing a 7.4% mortality rate. Hudson County has the second highest count of residents with positive test results; 15,881 patients with 845 deaths with a 5.3% mortality rate. Essex County has 14,621 patients with and 1,292 deaths representing 8.8% 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 1,180,288 confirmed cases with 7,285,178 people tested and 68,922 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 19,057 COVID-19 related deaths.

While there is still no testing in Sussex County, the drive through site at County College of Morris will be accommodating about 75 Sussex County residents each day, according to an announcement by the department of health.

The testing is done by appointment and people seeking to be tested must have a prescription from a doctor or medical provider according to the announcement. The CCM testing site will be accommodating approximately 240 Morris County residents each day, in addition to Sussex County residents. 

“To be tested you must be in a vehicle, must have identification, must have an appointment and must have a prescription, preferably printed, from a medical provider,” the statement said.  Appointments are to be made on the Morris County website.

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.

Testing for coronavirus is still not available in Sussex County.  Anyone who is concerned they may have symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to contact their doctor. Testing can be provided at the Community College of Morris with an appointment and a prescription.  

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