SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health has announced there were not any additional coronavirus related deaths and 20 additional COVID-19 patients.  The total number of coronavirus patients is now 968 on May1.

This brings the total COVID-19 related deaths in the county to 114 with a mortality rate of 11.77%. 

There is still no testing in Sussex County.

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At his daily briefing, Governor Murphy said as of 1 p.m. the reopening of the parks had been going well but he would be reviewing a fuller report after the weekend.

Governor Murphy issued an executive order deeming construction on new or existing religious facilities to be essential. 

Murphy said 53 hospitals in New Jersey will be getting $1.7 billion in federal aid, the second largest amount behind New York.

According to the State of New Jersey, with 5,713 coronavirus patients hospitalized there were 1000 fewer coronavirus patients hospitalized than last week.  The New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said drop in hospitalizations was allowing hospitals to transition from crisis operations to standard operations.

COVID-19 patients by town as of April 30 with COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 184 with 67 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 6 with one death
  • Byram Township 38 with one death
  • Frankford Township 65 with 10 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 40 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 16
  • Green Township 12
  • Hamburg Borough 22
  • Hampton Township 26 with two deaths
  • Hardyston Township 46 with one death
  • Hopatcong Borough 99 with three deaths
  • Lafayette Township 11,
  • Montague Township 19 with two deaths
  • Newton Town 75 with seven deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 15
  • Sandyston Township 6 with one death
  • Sparta Township 96 with eight deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 16 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 11
  • Sussex Borough 6
  • Vernon Township 112 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 46 with two deaths

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of May 1, there have been a total of total 234,577 tests reported; 123,717 positive tests, 138,595 negative tests and 7,742 deaths, related to coronavirus, representing a 6.25% mortality rate.

Bergen County continues to have the most patients with 15,974 and 1,202 deaths, representing a 7.5% mortality rate. Hudson County has the second highest count of residents with positive test results; 15,401 patients with 834 deaths with a 5.4% mortality rate. Essex County has 14,248 patients with and 1,265 deaths representing 8.8% mortality rate. Essex County has the fifth highest number of deaths in the country. 

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 1,132,512 confirmed cases with 6,816,347 people tested and 66,369 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 18,491 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.

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.