Newton's first case of coronavirus

Public Health. Newton's first case of coronavirus is a 93-year-old female, Town Manager Thomas S. Russo announced on Sunday morning. Russo further urged residents to take note of New Jersey's newest directive to stay at home 24/7 unless working in one of the essential services listed at

22 Mar 2020 | 11:55

Newton Town Manager Thomas S. Russo has announced that a 93-year-old female is Newton's first case of confirmed novel coronavirus. Russo said the Town of Newton's thoughts turn to the patient and her family and he further called for residents to make sure they are adhering to directives about staying home, washing hands thoroughly, supporting one another, and staying informed.

Russo's letter to residents:

Dear Town of Newton Residents:

The Sussex County Health Department (who provides services to the Town of Newton) informed the Newton Office of Emergency Management and Newton Police Department that one of our residents has tested positive for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Our thoughts are with this resident and her family.

The resident is a 93-year-old female. Newton is a strong and wonderful community, but this confirmed case is a reminder to us all that we are not immune to current public health concerns. However, all residents can make deliberate efforts to flatten the curve of virus transmission by practicing social distancing and adhering to directives from the Governor's Office, CDC, and a Sussex County Health Department.

It is similarly important that those with questions seek appropriate guidance and medical care at the direction of a primary care physician. Please continue to support one another during a challenging time for our local, county, state, and national communities.

For timely updates, please check and the Town social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I ask that everyone please be patient as we continue to work to provide accurate information to the public.

Stay safe and well, and we will all get through this pandemic together.

-Thomas S. Russo, JR., MPA, CPM,

Town Manager, Town of Newton