SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Today would normally be tax day but the governor has deferred the state tax-filing deadline to July 15.  There has yet to be an announcement about any such plan for property taxes.

Sussex County has reported the largest one day mortality numbers from the coronavirus with nine residents succumbing. According to a release from Freeholder Director Sylvia Petillo the latest COVID-19 victims are all from Andover Township; a 74-year-old man, 52-year-old man, 63-year-old man, 78-year-old man, 53-year-old man, 61-year-old man, 73-year-old woman, 70-year-old woman and a 61-year-old man.

Petillo’s announcement said the deaths are announced as they are reported and verified by the department of health, not necessarily on the date that they occur. 

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This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the county to 39.

According to an announcement by County College of Morris many companies are looking to hire workers, including people who have lost their jobs due to the health emergency. The announcement said the state is aware of about 52,000 jobs available at approximately 700 companies in New Jersey.   They include CVS Health, Walgreens, Walmart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Acme, Wegmans and ShopRite supermarkets, UPS, Fed-Ex and Wawa.

  • For Employment Opportunities visit
  • Employers can connect with potential workers at
  • For Unemployment Insurance Claims and/or to Ask Unemployment Insurance Questions visit:
  • If you do not have access to a computer, please call one of the following Unemployment Insurance Call Centers: North Jersey:  (201) 601-4100, Central Jersey:  (732) 761-2020, South Jersey:  (856) 507-2340

The announcement said, “Due to a crush of applications, there may be long waiting times. Your patience (and it may take really exceptional patience) is needed.”

According to the New Jersey Department of Health 358 or more than 95% of the long-term care facilities in the state have reported residents with COVID-19.  These facilities account for 6,815 cases of coronavirus.  The three veteran's facilities report 160 of the nearly 800 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and there have been 45 coronavirus related deaths, according to state official. 

Sussex County has also had an additional 18 residents with positive test results bringing the total to 5.  There is still no testing in Sussex County.

The most recent identified Sussex County coronavirus victims are:

  • Vernon Township, 58, male,
  • Frankford Township, 48, male,
  • Newton Town, 81, male,
  • Andover Township, 61, male,
  • Byram Township, 47, female,
  • Vernon, Township, 53, female,
  • Hopatcong Borough, 33, female,
  • Vernon Township, 53, male,
  • Newton Town, 36, male,
  • Newton Town, 41, female,
  • Vernon Township, 53, female,
  • Hardyston Township, 31, female,
  • Vernon Township, 67, female,
  • Montague Township, 46, female,
  • Sparta Township, 83, female,
  • Andover Township, 36, male,
  • Montague Township, 24, male,
  • Lafayette Township, 49, female,
  • Vernon Township, 35, male

The cases by town as of April 15:

  • Andover Borough 2,
  • Andover Township 103,
  • Branchville Borough 3,
  • Byram Township 27,
  • Frankford Township 26,
  • Franklin Borough 19,
  • Fredon Township 10,
  • Green Township 4,
  • Hamburg Borough 13,
  • Hampton Township 12,
  • Hardyston Township 27,
  • Hopatcong Borough 58,
  • Lafayette Township 5,
  • Montague Township 12,
  • Newton Town 52,
  • Ogdensburg Borough 8,
  • Sandyston Township 4,
  • Sparta Township 68,
  • Stanhope Borough 12,
  • Sussex Borough 6,
  • Vernon Township 56,
  • Wantage Township 26.


Sussex County Freeholders released a video



While there is still no testing in Sussex County, the drive thru 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.

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of April 15, there have been a total of 131,976 total tests reported; 71,030 positive tests, 72,991 and 3,156 deaths, related to coronavirus. Bergen County continues to have the most patients with 10,848 and 608 deaths.

Essex County has the second highest count of residents with positive test results; 8,579 patients with 590 deaths. Hudson County has slightly fewer patients with 8,511 and 312 deaths.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 637,716 confirmed cases with 3,242,755 people tested and 30,826 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 10,899  COVID-19 related deaths.

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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