Latest Hopatcong-Sparta Coronavirus Updates

Russ Crespolini

This article originally appeared on the Hopatcong-Sparta Patch

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ — The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, outbreak in New Jersey and across the nation is having vast impacts in Hopatcong, Sparta, including the closure of schools and many businesses.

The number of cases of the illness caused by the virus, known as COVID-19, continue to rise and additional measures and closures continue to be announced.

In Hopatcong, the police are asking that residents think twice before calling for an ambulance. And a woman in Sparta has started a sewing movementto provide masks to medical facilities.

SCHOOLS

All schools in New Jersey will remain closed through at least April 17 in response to the new coronavirus outbreak, state officials said.

HOSPITALS

Many have leapt in to help provide personal protection equipment to local hospitals. This comes amidst reports there might not be enough beds available for patients.

Here's what else you should know:

President Donald Trump declared New Jersey a major disaster area on Thursday as Murphy, speaking during a press conference, announced a stunning increase in coronavirus cases: 2,492, as well as 19 more deaths. You can watch it here: NJ 'Major Disaster' Area: 2,492 New Coronavirus Cases, 19 Deaths

Statewide student assessments have been cancelled as schools remain closed due to the outbreak. Read more: NJ Cancels Statewide Student Assessments Due To Coronavirus
Murphy said during a live press conference on Wednesday that he's ordering many day care centers to shut amid the coronavirus outbreak. He also announced that the state has 736 more positive tests and 18 more deaths, including four in Ocean County. Read more: Gov. Murphy To Shut Many Day Care Centers Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Statewide student assessments also have been cancelled as schools remain closed due to the outbreak. Read more: NJ Cancels Statewide Student Assessments Due To Coronavirus

On Tuesday night, Murphy announced that he's allowing five more types of businesses in New Jersey to operate during the coronavirus outbreak. Read more: Gov. Murphy: More NJ Business Can Now Open In Coronavirus Crisis
Murphy also announced the launch of a new online portal to connect New Jersey residents with jobs in critical industries responding to COVID-19. Read more: Companies ARE Hiring: NJ Launches Online Job Portal

The Murphy administration froze nearly $1 billion in spending on Monday, March 23 for many programs you may need. The state tax deadline also may be extended. Read more: NJ Freezes Nearly $1B in Spending, Citing Coronavirus Crisis

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