SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ- Five additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the county, according to Freeholder Director Sylvia Petillo and the Sussex County Department of Health.

Andover Township, Byram Township, Frankford Township, Hopatcong Borough and the Town of Newton all have a resident with confirmed coronavirus. 

According to a letter from Newton Town Manager, Thomas S Russo Jr, the Newton patient is a 93-year-old woman. Russo said the health department is working to determine anyone who may have been in contact with the patient.   

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"Our thought are with this resident and her family," Russo said in his letter. "Newton is a strong and wonderful community, but this confirmed case is a reminder to us all that we are not immune to current public health concerns."

At the recent public meeting of the Sussex County Freeholders the county officials asked for guidance from the attorney as to what information could be released to the public.  The governor had recently said information was to go through the Offices of Emergency Management, according to Freeholder Josh Herzberg.   

The announcement comes on the heals of dramatic restrictions were imposed on businesses and residents throughout the state as outlined in Governor Murphy’s Stay at Home Executive Order 107.

It is anticipated that numbers of patients will rise as testing becomes more prevalent.  Government drive-thru testing sites began to open yesterday, with the first on the campus of Bergen County College.  That site was overwhelmed, having to close only a few hours.

New Jersey is preparing to open a second site at PNC Arts Center.  Community College of Morris announced on Friday they would be opening a drive-thru testing site on their campus as well, though the date and time of operation has not been released.

Atlantic Health has a number of drive-thru testing sites including on the campus of Morristown Medical Center. 

People seeking to be tested will first have their temperature taken.  Tests will only be give to people with symptoms including a fever according to information released by the state.

Officials recommend people with symptoms that indicate they may have COVID-19 to contact their healthcare professional.  In Sparta, the police are also asking people with symptoms to report to the police dispatcher.

The Sussex County website has a wide array of information available to the public on COVID-19 and links to both the CDC and NJDOH at www.sussex.nj.us. You can also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov and the New Jersey Department of Health at www.nj.gov/health. Residents are also encouraged to call the NJ coronavirus and Poison Center Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253 if using an out of state phone line with any questions.

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