SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health announced one more Sussex County residents lost their life to COVID-19 on May 6. The total COVID-19 related deaths in the county is 122 with a mortality rate of 12.1%

The latest victim is a 52-year-old Newton man.

County officials announced 13 additional coronavirus patients bringing the total number of coronavirus patients in Sussex County to 1007. They announced 719 patients have recovered.

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Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 138 to extend the public health emergency for an additional 30 days.  This allows for a continuation of emergency powers and resources.

Murphy said 35 million pieces of Personal Protective Equipment had been distributed statewide.  Officials said the biggest need now is protective hospital gowns. 

The Sussex County Department of Health released information for residents to understand how contact tracing works.  The announcement said the process begins with the report of a positive test. A staff member takes the report and, following Centre for Disease Control and New Jersey Department of Health recommendations, reaches out to the patient.

The patient is asked about people they have been within six feet of for more than 10 minutes while they were infectious. The health department staff member then reaches out to anyone on the patient’s list.  The recommendation is for the potentially exposed people to self-quarantine for 14 days from their exposure to the patient, with instructions to contact health professionals if they have symptoms.

https://www.sussex.nj.us/documents/coronavirus-2020/20200506-what-is-contact-tracing.pdf

There is still no testing in Sussex County.

COVID-19 patients by town as of May 5 with COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 3
  • Andover Township 193 with 72 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 5 with one death
  • Byram Township 38 with one death
  • Frankford Township 70 with 12 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 40 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 17
  • Green Township 12
  • Hamburg Borough 23
  • Hampton Township 27 with two deaths
  • Hardyston Township 46 with one death
  • Hopatcong Borough 102 with three deaths
  • Lafayette Township 11,
  • Montague Township 20 with two deaths
  • Newton Town 80 with nine deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 15
  • Sandyston Township 6 with one death
  • Sparta Township 98 with seven deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 19 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 11
  • Sussex Borough 7
  • Vernon Township 113 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 50 with two deaths

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of May 6 there have been a total of total 257,587 tests reported; 131,890 positive tests, 154,686 negative tests and 8,549 deaths, related to coronavirus, representing a 6.4% mortality rate.

Bergen County continues to have the most patients with 16,520 and 1,289 deaths, representing a 7.8% mortality rate. Hudson County has the second highest count of residents with positive test results; 16,197 patients with 903 deaths with a 5.57% mortality rate. Essex County has 14,951 patients with and 1,349 deaths representing 9.0% 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 1,228,214 confirmed cases and 73,418 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 25,623 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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