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Two new COVID-19 deaths reported in Sussex County; total cases above 300

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County officials said Monday two more people have died from COVID-19.

Sussex County Freeholder Director Sylvia Petillo said she is saddened to announce two additional COVID-19- related deaths in Sussex County, a 76-year-old man from Vernon Township, and a 56-year-old woman from Byram Township.

The Sussex County Division of Health (SCDOH) has been working with those individuals who came into contact with these patients. Those identified as close contacts are in their homes under self-quarantine and being monitored by the SCDOH staff.

The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Sussex County Division of Health said they extend their condolences to both patients’ family and friends during this difficult time. The SCDOH is taking all possible steps to ensure the health and safety of our community, and asks for the public’s cooperation in following all recommendations put forth by county, state, and federal agencies.

A 68-year-old woman, a 93-year-old woman, a 96-year-old woman all from Newton, a 63-year-old man from Vernon Township, a 75-year-old man from Sparta Township, a 77-year-old man from Hopatcong Borough, a 73-year-old man from Andover Township, a 92-year-old man from Sparta Township, and a 80-year-old man from Newton all have died from COVID-19, officials said.

The SCDOH was notified of 29 cases on Saturday April 4 (REVISED); 31 cases on Sunday, April 5, and 30 cases on Monday, April 6.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Sussex County is at 301:

  • Andover Borough-2
  • Andover Township-36
  • Branchville Borough-3
  • Byram Township-14
  • Frankford Township-12
  • Franklin Borough-8
  • Fredon Township-5
  • Green Township-4
  • Hamburg Borough-8
  • Hampton Township-7
  • Hardyston Township-14
  • Hopatcong Borough-38
  • Lafayette Township-2
  • Montague Township-3
  • Newton-35
  • Ogdensburg Borough-4
  • Sandyston Township-2
  • Sparta Township-46
  • Stanhope Borough-8
  • Stillwater Township-0
  • Sussex Borough-5
  • Vernon Township-27
  • Walpack Township-0
  • Wantage Township-18

No further information was released by health officials.

The names, addresses, medical history and other personal identifying information of these residents will not be released or shared with the community, officials said.

The Sussex County Division of Health is the lead agency for investigation of confirmed cases of COVID- 19, which includes contact tracing. During case investigation, the SCDOH determines which persons are close contacts, as defined by the New Jersey Department of Health, and makes the appropriate recommendations to those individuals.

If anyone has questions about COVID-19, you can call 2-1-1 or 1-800-962-1253 for information from the New Jersey Department of Health, or text NJCOVID to 898-211. You can also visit the Sussex County Division of Health’s COVID- 19 website.

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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