SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County has reported two more residents have died from coronavirus, a 67-year-old female from Frankford Township and a 74-year-old female from Sparta. This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the county to 18.

Sussex County has also had an additional 16 residents with positive test results. 

Three new executive orders were issued by Governor Murphy on Wednesday.  In Executive Order 120 the state primaries scheduled for Tuesday, June 6 have been moved to Tuesday, July 7. The deadline to change party affiliation has been moved to May 13 by this order.

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Additional measures to further lock down residents and businesses in New Jersey include prohibiting non-essential construction projects as of 8 p.m. on Friday.  Exceptions listed include: hospital or school related projects, affordable housing, individual housing projects with limits to the number of workers on site and emergency repairs to safely secure a site.

The third measure raised the weight limit for trucks transporting COVID-19 supplies on interstate highways from 40 tons to 46 tons.

The FEMA coronavirus testing site in Bergen County open on Thursday while the other FEMA site at PNC Arts center will be closed. There is still no testing in Sussex County.

Sussex County Freeholder Director Sylvia Petillo and Senator Steve Oroho are speaking out against Murphy’s order to close the state parks.  Petillo is encouraging residents to call the governor to express their opinion.

The most recent identified Sussex County coronavirus victims are:

  • Sparta Township, 52, male,
  • Andover Township, 67, male,
  • Bryam Township, 62, male,
  • Vernon Township, 55, female,
  • Vernon Township, 39, female,
  • Franklin Borough, 17, female,
  • Newton Town, 96, female,
  • Vernon Township, 61, female,
  • Andover Township, 78, male,
  • Hardyston Township, 32, female,
  • Branchville Borough, 60, female,
  • Newton Town, 97, female,
  • Hardyston Township, 41, male,
  • Hardyston Township, 63, male  

The cases by town as of April 7:

  • Andover Borough 2,
  • Andover Township 51,
  • Branchville Borough 3,
  • Byram Township 16,
  • Frankford Township 14,
  • Franklin Borough 13,
  • Fredon Township 7,
  • Green Township 4,
  • Hamburg Borough 10,
  • Hampton Township 8,
  • Hardyston Township 17,
  • Hopatcong Borough 40,
  • Lafayette Township 3,
  • Montague Township 4,
  • Newton Town 39,
  • Ogdensburg Borough 6,
  • Sandyston Township 2,
  • Sparta Township 50,
  • Stanhope Borough 9,
  • Sussex Borough 5,
  • Vernon Township 33,
  • Wantage Township 19.

New Jersey has announced nearly two thirds of long term care facilities have had at least one case of coronavirus. 

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of April 8, there have been 47,437 positive tests, 52,979 negative tests and 1,504 deaths, related to coronavirus. Bergen County continues to have the most patients with 7,874 and 314 deaths, Essex County has 5,598 patients with 276 deaths

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 430,376 confirmed cases with 23,707 recovered patients and 14,739 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 4,571 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. 

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