SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Department of Health announced two more Sussex County residents lost their lives to COVID-19 on May 5. The total COVID-19 related deaths in the county is 121 with a mortality rate of 12.1%

County officials announced seven additional coronavirus patients bringing the total number of coronavirus patients in Sussex County to 994. They announced 701 patients have recovered.

The latest COVID-19 victims from Sussex County include a 72-year-old man from Andover and 79-year-old woman.

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Two new testing centers recently opened, the most recent in Camden at Dudley Grange Park.  That facility allows for both drive through and walk-up testing. Beginning May 3 people looking to be tested at the Bergen Community College no longer need to be showing symptoms.

On Monday Governor Murphy announce a ramp up in testing as he prepares plans to reopen the state.  After his visit with the president in Washington DC, Murphy announced the Trump administration was providing the state with 550,000 tests and 750,000 swabs to help to get the state ready to open. 

There is still no testing in Sussex County.

COVID-19 patients by town as of May 5 with COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 189 with 72 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 5 with one death
  • Byram Township 38 with one death
  • Frankford Township 68 with 12 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 40 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 17
  • Green Township 12
  • Hamburg Borough 23
  • Hampton Township 27 with two deaths
  • Hardyston Township 46 with one death
  • Hopatcong Borough 100 with three deaths
  • Lafayette Township 11,
  • Montague Township 19 with two deaths
  • Newton Town 80 with eight deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 15
  • Sandyston Township 6 with one death
  • Sparta Township 98 with seven deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 17 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 11
  • Sussex Borough 6
  • Vernon Township 115 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 49 with two deaths

The New Jersey COVID-19 dashboard reports as of May 5 there have been a total of total 257,587 tests reported; 130,593 positive tests, 157,030 negative tests and 8,244 deaths, related to coronavirus, representing a 6.3% mortality rate.

Bergen County continues to have the most patients with 16,460 and 1,261 deaths, representing a 7.6% mortality rate. Hudson County has the second highest count of residents with positive test results; 16,099 patients with 870 deaths with a 5.4% mortality rate. Essex County has 14,840 patients with and 1,319 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 1,204,351 confirmed cases and 71,064 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 25,124 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.  

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