A fourth Sussex County resident has tested positive for COVID-19 aka coronavirus. According to the Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, the confirmed case is a Hardyston resident that was sent for testing on March 17, 2020, and the SCDOH and patient were notified of the positive results on March 19, 2020.
Yesterday it was announced that three Sussex County residents, in Vernon, Sparta and Frankford, had tested positive for COVID-19. The Vernon man is reportedly a 53-year-old that has been self-quarantined for the past 7 days. The man started quarantining after being exposed to an individual at his job (outside of the county) who had been confirmed as having COVID-19.
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.
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.