Three Sussex County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 aka coronavirus. According to Vernon Mayor Howard Burrell at 3:15pm today the Sussex County Health Department informed him that one of the confirmed cases is a 53-year-old Vernon Township man that has been self-quarantined for the past 7 days.
The man reportedly reportedly started quarantining after being exposed to an individual at his job (outside of the county) who had been confirmed as having COVID-19.
Freeholder Deputy Director Dawn Fantasia took to Facebook to confirm that the other two cases in Sussex County are in Frankford and Sparta.
According to NJ.com, the case in Frankford is a 34-year-old woman and the case in Sparta is a 60-year-old male that had “extremely limited exposure to anybody else and knew enough to isolate himself.” Sparta Mayor Jerry Murphy was told how the man might have contracted the virus, but has not publicly disclosed it because in his view it would be improper.
According to a press release from the Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, the SCDOH is currently working to identify individuals who came into contact with these residents. Anyone identified as a close contact, per New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) guidelines, is directed to self-quarantine and is being monitored by the SCDOH.
See Mayor Burrell's full statement and Dawn Fantasia's post below.