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First COVID-19 death reported in Sussex County

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ Sussex County Freeholder Director Sylvia Petillo is saddened to announce the first COVID-19 case in the county resulting in the death of the patient.

The 68-year-old, female Newton resident was admitted to Newton Medical Center on March 25 and passed away on March 27. The Sussex County Division of Health (SCDOH) has been working with those individuals who came into contact with the patient. Those identified as close contacts are in their home under self-quarantine and being monitored by the SCDOH staff.

“Our hearts go out to the patient as well as the patient’s family,” Petillo said. “Our Division of Health is working around the clock to monitor those residents who may have been exposed to the virus and to help prevent further spread of COVID-19. Our community’s health and safety are of primary concern to the Board of Chosen Freeholders. We are taking all possible steps to ensure the well-being of Sussex County and our surrounding communities.”

More information on COVID-19 may be found on the Sussex County website, as well as covid19.nj.gov/ and dc.gov. Residents may also call 2-1-1 or 1-800-962-1253, or text NJCOVID to 898-211 for information from the New Jersey Department of Health.

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