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Vol. 14 Issue 7 - Newton, NJ - Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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As we enter the 16th week of the COVID-19 pandemic, the County of Sussex continues to stay open and serve the public as an essential employer. While our normal routines and operations may have changed, we have not stopped working in order to serve our residents during these unprecedented times. The County would like to share a video that shows how we continue to serve the public – today, tomorrow, and every day. Thank you to all our employees who help make this possible! Photo: Sheila Brunda, Division of Senior Services, providing Farmers Market Vouchers to a senior citizen.  Read More...

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Today is Primary Election DayToday is Primary Election Day
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Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. We encourage you to vote by means of the paper ballot you received in the mail and return it in the pre-paid envelope provided.
Drop your ballot at one of the drop boxes or at the Board of Elections before 8 p.m. Find a drop box.
If you bring your ballot to the post office, ask to have your ballot hand stamped to be sure it will be counted.
Voting machines will be available at polling locations for visually impaired voters only. All other voters will be offered a paper Provisional Ballot. Find your polling location.
Other Election Dates & Deadlines:
July 27: Petition filing deadline for the November School Board Election.

Health and Human Services

COVID-19 Update
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Photo: Public Health Nurse Kayla Shelley, RN, BSN, COVID-19 Tester
The county's coronavirus blog is updated daily with most updates posted on the county's Facebook and Twitter pages. Visit for the latest information. Recent entries:

7/6/2020 Press Release: The Division of Health reports 16 additional cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths among county residents. Of the 1,256 cases, 1046 cases have been classified as recovered. CDRSS Report.
7/2/2020 Governor signs Executive Order raising the limit on crowd size for outdoor gatherings to 500 people. Limits on all indoor gatherings – 25% of capacity, but with a maximum of 100 people – remain unchanged.
6/29/2020 Outdoor graduation ceremonies may begin July 6, 2020 with social distancing guidelines in place.
6/29/2020 After #COVID19 spikes in other states driven by, in part, the return of indoor dining, NJ has decided to postpone indoor dining indefinitely.
6/26/2020 The FDA has approved a few at home COVID-19 diagnostic collection kits.
6/24/2020 On July 2 libraries, museums, aquariums and indoor recreational facilities including bowling alleys, batting cages, shooting ranges, boardwalk arcades can open at 25% of capacity. Masks required.
6/24/2020 NY, NJ and CT announce joint travel advisory. All individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID into NY, NJ, or CT must quarantine for 14 days.
6/23/2020 On Thursday, July 2nd, the following can REOPEN: Outdoor amusement parks, Outdoor water parks, Playgrounds, including rides on boardwalks.

Sussex County COVID-19 Hotline 973-579-9488 from 9-4, M-F.
New Jersey Hotline 866-202-HELP for residents who need help coping with stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 crisis. 8-8, seven days a week.
Call: 2-1-1 or (24/7): 1-800-962-1253 | Text: NJCOVID to 898-211 or text your ZIP code to 898-211 for live text assistance
Disaster Fraud Hotline - 866-720-5721
New Jersey COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal
COVID-19 Scams
Food pantry schedule. View food pantries on an interactive map.
Human Services Provider Schedules.
Personal ProtectionPersonal Protection
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Most mosquitoes bite at dusk or at night, but some kinds will bite during the day. Mosquitoes can transmit serious and sometimes fatal diseases, such as the West Nile Virus, to humans. Here are some helpful tips to protect yourself and help cut down on the number of mosquitoes.
Learn About Lead SafetyLearn About Lead Safety
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Children in particular are at a high risk before the age of six because they are still growing and developing. No level of lead is safe, even low levels are associated with health risks.

Law Enforcement

Blackmail Scam AlertBlackmail Scam Alert
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You receive an email with someone writing to say that they have access to your cell phone or your computer. They say that they are going to make your sensitive videos, pictures, or compromising information public. They want you to pay them a (ransom) using cryptocurrency.


July 25, 2020 - Electronic Waste Day at SCMUAJuly 25, 2020 - Electronic Waste Day at SCMUA
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Electronic Waste Recycling Day is available to Sussex County residents, businesses, local school districts, municipalities and county agencies.
Monthly Paper Shred ProgramMonthly Paper Shred Program
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SCMUA has resumed the monthly paper shredding program partnering with DK Paper Shred.


The Catalog is OpenThe Catalog is Open
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Place holds online and we’ll call you when your selections are available for grab-and-go pickup.

Engineering (Roads & Bridges)

Rehabilitation of Bridge C-18 Byram Township
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Start of construction is scheduled for July 7, 2020 weather permitting and is expected to be completed in 120 consecutive days.

C-18 Construction around 1910

Town of the Month

Fredon TownshipFredon Township
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In 1800, Isaac V. Coursen named the Stillwater Township area "Coursen's Corners" after establishing a post office in his store, the Coursen House, but changed the name to Fredon Village before his death in 1855. Stillwater Township's Bicentennial Committee obtained information from the Postmaster General which "states that 'Fredon' is derived from the German word 'fredonia,' meaning place of freedom." Fredon Township was incorporated on February 24, 1904, from portions of Andover Township, Green Township, Hampton Township and Stillwater Township. (Wikipedia)

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