SPARTA, NJ – The ShopRite of Sparta has announced they have an employee that has reported to have “symptoms consistent with COVID-19.”  The announcement posted on the store’s facebook page said they have “implemented deep cleaning procedures that follow Center for Disease Control recommended protocols.”  The announcement said they had also done their one “enhanced environmental cleaning and disinfecting.”

The employee will not return to work until cleared by their doctor.  They have also notified any other employees who may have had extended, close contact with the affected co-worker, requiring they self-quarantine for 14 days. 

The Sussex Department of Health has announced there are 24 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.

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  • Hopatcong Borough, 10, female,
  • Newton Town, 44, male,
  • Sparta Township, 35, female,
  • Newton Town, 49, male,
  • Sparta Township, 67, male,
  • Newton Town, 44, female,
  • Vernon Township, 67, male,
  • Newton Town, 85, female,
  • Wantage Township, 59, male,
  • Sparta Township, 40, female,
  • Sparta Township, 58, male,
  • Andover Township, 73, male,
  • Wantage Township, 49, female,
  • Hopatcong Borough, 78, male,
  • Andover Township, 64, male,
  • Newton Town, 49, female,
  • Vernon Township, 66, male,
  • Hardyston Township, 59, male,
  • Franklin Borough, 48, male,
  • Franklin Borough, 17, male,
  • Sparta Township, 35, female,
  • Vernon Township, 63, male,
  • Wantage Township, 31, female,
  • Byram Township, 61, male

This brings the town totals to:

  • Andover Borough 1,
  • Andover Township 4,
  • Branchville Borough 2,
  • Byram Township 5,
  • Frankford Township 5,
  • Franklin Borough 6,
  • Fredon Township 2,
  • Green Township 1,
  • Hamburg Borough 2,
  • Hampton Township 2,
  • Hardyston Township 8,
  • Hopatcong Borough 11,
  • Lafayette Township 1,
  • Montague Township 1,
  • Newton Town 13,
  • Ogdensburg Borough 3,
  • Sandyston Township 1,
  • Sparta Township 23,
  • Stanhope Borough 4
  • Sussex Borough 2,
  • Vernon Township 14,
  • Wantage Township 11.

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.  The FEMA testing center at the Bergen Community College campus requires a prescription to be tested.

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of March 30 there have been 16,636 positive tests, 25,224 negative tests and 198 deaths, related to coronavirus. Bergen County continues to have the most patients with 2,482.  

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 164,274 confirmed cases with 5,847 recovered patients and 3,040 coronavirus 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.

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