SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Administrator Gregory Poff announced the drive through testing sight at Sussex County Community College will be open on May 11, for Sussex County residents, 55 days after the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 patients in the county.  Appointment registration began on Thursday, May 7. 

Weather permitting, testing will be done on Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning at 9 a.m. The announcement did not specify what type of weather would cause testing to be canceled.

To get an appointment a resident must have a COVID-19 test prescription from a healthcare provider.  They must have read and signed a consent form. 

  • County residents who have an appointment must come in a vehicle, entering via the Plotts Road entrance.
  • Residents will need to have identification and appointment verification,
  • People coming for testing will need to keep windows closed until instructed to open them,
  • Do not move forward until instructed to do so,
  • Emergency services will not be available so people waiting to be tested will have to call 9-1-1 if they have a problem,
  • Test results will be faxed to the primary health care provider.  The fax number must be given at the time the appointment is made,
  • The test is free.

Sussex County Department of Health announced two more Sussex County residents lost their life to COVID-19 on May 7. The total COVID-19 related deaths in the county is 124 with a mortality rate of 12.2%

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The latest victims are from Frankford; an 80-year-old woman and an 84-year-old man.

County officials announced seven additional coronavirus patients bringing the total number of coronavirus patients in Sussex County to 1014. They announced 734 patients have recovered.

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

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 195 with 72 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 5 with one death
  • Byram Township 39 with one death
  • Frankford Township 71 with 14 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 40 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 17
  • Green Township 12
  • Hamburg Borough 23
  • Hampton Township 28 with two deaths
  • Hardyston Township 48 with one death
  • Hopatcong Borough 104 with three deaths
  • Lafayette Township 11,
  • Montague Township 21 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 6
  • 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 261,869 tests reported; 133,635 positive tests, 159,023 negative tests and 8,801deaths, related to coronavirus, representing a 6.5% mortality rate.

Bergen County continues to have the most patients with 16,609 and 1,319 deaths, representing a 7.9% mortality rate. Hudson County has the second highest count of residents with positive test results; 16,354 patients with 923 deaths with a 5.56% mortality rate. Essex County has 15,095 patients with and 1,381 deaths representing 9.1% 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 1,257,023 confirmed cases and 75,662coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 26,144 COVID-19 related deaths.

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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