SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Township Police Chief Neil Spidaletto has asked any resident who is exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus to let Sparta Dispatch know. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • Fever,
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Cough

Additionally, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sparta Police will be handling as many issues as possible in the phone.  If officers are dispatched to a home or business they may remain outside, if it is possible and appropriate.

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The Sparta Police Department Lobby is open but residents are asked to do as much by phone as possible.

Sparta Township Office of Emergency Management Deputy Thomas McIntyre confirmed a statement from "Trish" in the Sussex County Department of Health. 

"There is currently no [coronavirus] testing being done in Sussex County." 

McIntyre said Morristown Medical Center is the only Atlantic Health facility conducting COVID-19 tests.  McIntyre said Newton Emergency Room has set up a temporary unit for screening at the hospital. 

"Anyone with symptoms are being told to self-quarantine,” McIntyre said.

Trish from Sussex County Department of Health said only people with severe symptoms should be tested.  She could not give any information about where people should go to get tested.

An advisory from Sussex County Office of Emergency Management James McDonald on March 18 said they “are working diligently with our local health care providers and the New Jersey Department of Health to expand COVID-19 testing availability in our County.” 

Director of the Sparta Office of Emergency Management, Spidaletto said, "Plans are being finalized for drive through testing with one site planned for Bergen County and another in Monmouth County."

Atlantic Health’s website recommends, “Most people who contract COVID-19 will experience mild symptoms and can self-manage from the comfort of their own homes. The Centers for Disease Control recommends you seek medical advice if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread.”  

On Thursday night Sussex County Office of Emergency Management announced a fourth person in the county, a Hardyston resident, had tested positive for coronavirus. No additional details were offered.

McDonald’s March 18 advisory said, “If you have mild symptoms and no known contact with a confirmed case or travel to a high risk area, you are advised to stay home and follow the guidance of your health care providers. Individuals with symptoms who have a high risk of exposure and have been advised by their health care provider that they should be tested for COVID-19 should self-quarantine until testing can be completed.”

Last night at approximately 5:50 McDonald put out a statement confirming a person from Frankford Township, Sparta Township and Vernon Township had tested positive. Officials have not released any information about age, gender, occupation or recent travel of the three patients.

Always call 911 for an emergency.  The department phone number for non-emergencies in Sparta is 973-729-6121.

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