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Five new cases of COVID-19 identified in Sussex County

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Freeholder Director Sylvia Petillo and the Sussex County Division of Health (SCDOH) have announced five additional cases of COVID-19 in Sussex County, officials announced Saturday.

The cases were identified in Andover Township, Byram Township, Frankford Township, Hopatcong Borough and Newton.

The Sussex County Division of Health has been working to identify individuals who came into contact with the residents. Anyone identified as a close contact, per New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) guidelines, is in their home under self-quarantine and being monitored by the SCDOH staff.

As of Saturday, the number of cases in Sussex County is: Three cases in Sparta, two in Frankford and one case each in Hampton, Hardyston, Hopatcong, Vernon, Newton, Andover Township and Byram.

There has been concern over the recent global outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that has been spreading throughout the United States since the beginning of this year. The SCDOH understands those concerns and is working closely with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor and respond to the situation.

The SCDOH has staff dedicated to ensuring a coordinated, timely, and effective response to public health concerns like COVID-19. A 24/7 County-wide enhanced surveillance is in place within our Division to identify potential cases of COVID-19.

All residents should continue to monitor their health and exercise good hygiene habits. Actions you can take to help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 include the following:

  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home if you are sick.  Practice social distancing to reduce the spread of germs.
  • Families and individuals should create or update their family emergency plans.

The SCDOH is working diligently to monitor those residents who may have been exposed to the virus and to help prevent further spread of COVID-19. The community’s health and safety are of primary concern to the SCDOH and the Board of Chosen Freeholders, and all possible steps are being taken to ensure the well-being of Sussex County residents.

The Sussex County website has a wide array of information available to the public on COVID-19 and links to both the CDC and NJDOH at People can also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at and the New Jersey Department of Health at Residents are also encouraged to call the NJ Coronavirus and Poison Center Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253 if using an out of state phone line with any questions.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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