SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health reported five additional coronavirus patients.  They also reported one additional Sussex County resident lost her life to COVID-19 as of May 18.

A 66-year-old man from Andover died due to coronavirus.

County officials announced the total number of coronavirus patients in Sussex County are now 1065. They announced 883 patients have recovered and 139 had died.

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Governor Murphy signed an executive order that goes into effect on May 22, adding batting cages, shooting and archery ranges, horseback riding, private tennis clubs, community gardens to the limited reopening of beaches and lakefronts.

The latest addition to the executive order addressing outdoor activities loosens restrictions on golf, allowing foursomes of golfers to play together, rather than the pairs previously allowed. 

State officials said all 71 New Jersey hospitals have received the antiviral drug Remdesivir from the federal government.  The 563 cases is being distributed based on their  COVID-19 caseload.  Depending on how it is prescribed, the shipment could be used on approximately 3,000 cases. 

This is the state’s portion of the 600,000 doses donated by Gilead Sciences to the federal government. An additional shipment is due to the state by the end of the week, according to officials.

COVID-19 patients by town as of May 18 with COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 198 with 81 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 4 with one death
  • Byram Township 43 with one death
  • Frankford Township 76 with 19 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 42 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 17
  • Green Township 13
  • Hamburg Borough 26
  • Hampton Township 28 with two deaths
  • Hardyston Township 50 with one death
  • Hopatcong Borough 110 with five deaths
  • Lafayette Township 9,
  • Montague Township 22 with two deaths
  • Newton Town 92 with 10 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 15
  • Sandyston Township 6 with one death
  • Sparta Township 101 with seven deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 20 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 10
  • Sussex Borough 7
  • Vernon Township 121 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 53 with two deaths

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of May 18 more than 10,000 have died from COVID-19. There have been a total of total 505,569 tests reported; 148,039 positive tests and 10,435 deaths, related to coronavirus, representing a 7.04% mortality rate.

Hudson County has the highest number of positive tests in the state with 17,574 coronavirus patients and 1,068 deaths.  Bergen County is reporting 17,459 positive tests and 1,460 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,546 victims and 16,600 patients.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 1,467,820 confirmed cases and 88,754 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 28,049 COVID-19 related deaths.

Sussex County Administrator Gregory Poff announced the drive through testing sight at Sussex County Community College opened on May 11.  People must have a prescription and be showing symptoms to be able to get an appointment.  The test is a Nasopharyngeal swab test, according to the county.  This site does not offer antibody testing, even if the resident has a prescription.

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.

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.

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