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Letter from Sussex County Freeholder Director Sylvia Petillo

Release Date: April 23, 2020

Sylvia Petillo

Dear Friends,

When the Governor issued a State of Emergency in response to the coronavirus, everything about our daily lives changed. Information streamed in from every direction, followed by updates that seemed to change hourly and sometimes even minute by minute. Every day we faced new challenges and we responded according to the circumstances around us. Days felt like months and months felt like years.

When you are dealing with life and death, every moment is precious because every life is valuable. The health crisis changed the way we live and helped us to re-evaluate our priorities. Now we appreciate the loving kindness and support of our families, friends, and neighbors. We are engaged in prayer and exercising our faith together, offering help to those who are having a difficult time. Indeed, we are a compassionate community, and we will make it through this ordeal together.

I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the families whose hearts have been shattered by the loss of loved ones. I would like to offer my prayers for those who are ill, and I would like to offer my hope for anyone that is anxious or fearful.

The County is working hard on your behalf and we are here to help you. If you have any questions or are in need of food, counseling or other resources, please do not hesitate to call the Sussex County Division of Health COVID-19 Hotline at 973-579-9488, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Monday through Friday. We have professionals on the line ready to assist you.

Respectfully yours,

Sylvia Petillo
Sylvia L. Petillo, Sussex County Freeholder Director