SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health has announced six additional coronavirus related deaths and 28 additional COVID-19 patients.  The total number of coronavirus patients is now 904 on April 28.

This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the county to 99 with a mortality rate of 10.9%. 

The most recent coronavirus deaths are 57-year-old woman, 89-year-old man, 73-year-old man, 84-year-old man and 94-yaer-old woman all from Andover and a 81-year-old woman from Montague.

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There is still no testing in Sussex County.

According to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal all the youth residents of the state’s juvenile detention centers will be tested for coronavirus.

According to New Jersey Health and Human Services Commissioner Carol Johnson and Children and Families Commissioner Christine Beyer announced the state will continue to help with the cost of childcare for essential employees through the end of May.  Subsidies will vary from $336 for school age children and $450.35 for infants.

The Sussex County Division of Health released a new report giving a gender breakdown of the reported positive cases of COVID-19.

COVID-19 patients by town as of April 27 with gender breakdown:

  • Andover Borough 2,
  • Andover Township 180 –58 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 6 –one death
  • Byram Township 34-  one death
  • Frankford Township 53 –five deaths
  • Franklin Borough 38
  • Fredon Township 14
  • Green Township 11
  • Hamburg Borough 21
  • Hampton Township 24 - two deaths,
  • Hardyston Township 44 - one death,
  • Hopatcong Borough 94 –three deaths,
  • Lafayette Township 12,
  • Montague Township 19  -two deaths,
  • Newton Town 71 - seven deaths,
  • Ogdensburg Borough 15
  • Sandyston Township 4 –one death,
  • Sparta Township 91 –nine deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 17- one death,
  • Stillwater Township 7,
  • Sussex Borough 5,
  • Vernon Township 100 - six deaths,
  • Wantage Township 42 –two deaths.

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of April 23, there have been a total of 210,043 total tests reported; 113,856 positive tests, 120,503 negative tests and 6,442 deaths, related to coronavirus, representing a 5.6% mortality rate.

Bergen County continues to have the most patients with 15,251 and 1,002 deaths, representing a 6.57.% mortality rate. Hudson County has the second highest count of residents with positive test results; 14,309 patients with 722 deaths with a 5% mortality rate. Essex County has 13,190 patients with and 1090 deaths representing 8.2% mortality rate.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 1,012,583 confirmed cases with 5,795,729 people tested and 58,355 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 17,682 COVID-19 related deaths.

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

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.https://www.njcares.gov/ohh/downloads/DMI_COVID-19_Resource-Guide.pdf

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.

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.