SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Division of Health officials reported four additional cases COVID-19, no additional coronavirus related deaths on July 1. The total number of cases in the county to 1239 with 192 deaths and 1042 recovered patients.
State official said the number of COVID-19 patients went back above 1000 for the first time this week to 1080. The New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said hospitals were reporting they had more patients with allergy induced asthma symptoms that were being treated as if they had coronavirus, as a precaution.
The reproduction of the virus or Rt rate was down from yesterday to 0.82 but up more than a tenth of a point since phase two easing began.
At the governor’s daily briefing the gave rationale for pulling back the options for indoor dining “indefinitely.” She pointed to studies that show COVID-19 thrives in enclosed spaces when people are lingering for long periods of time.
She also referred to a study from China that showed an asymptomatic diner infected four dining companions and five others at nearby tables, spreading the disease through the air conditioning system.
In Michigan 100 people who tested positive traced back to a restaurant. She quoted Dr. Fauci who said drinking in an indoor bar is the most dangerous behavior in terms of coronavirus.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 13,224 and 171,928 confirmed positive coronavirus cases. The dashboard 1,442,937 New Jersey residents have been tested as of July 1.
Bergen County has the highest number of positive tests in the state with 19,445 coronavirus patients and 1,733 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 18,842 positive tests and 1,286 deaths. Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,787 coronavirus related deaths and 18,771 positive test results
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 2,685,806 confirmed cases and 128,061 coronavirus deaths. As of July 1, New York City has reported 32,043 COVID-19 related deaths and 70,590 recovered patients.
COVID-19 patients by town as of July 1 COVID-19 related deaths:
- Andover Borough 2
- Andover Township 240 with 110 deaths
- Branchville Borough 7 with one death
- Byram Township 54 with three deaths
- Frankford Township 84 with 23 deaths
- Franklin Borough 47 with two deaths
- Fredon Township 19 with one death
- Green Township 19 with one death
- Hamburg Borough 29 with one death
- Hampton Township 34 with three deaths
- Hardyston Township 55 with three death
- Hopatcong Borough 128 with eight deaths
- Lafayette Township 13 with one death
- Montague Township 29 with four deaths
- Newton Town 105 with 12 deaths
- Ogdensburg Borough 17 with one death
- Sandyston Township 8 with one death
- Sparta Township 110 with 10 deaths
- Stanhope Borough 21 with one death
- Stillwater Township 14
- Sussex Borough 14 with one death
- Vernon Township 135 with six deaths
- Wantage Township 55 with one death
Testing is available in at CVS in Sparta.
New Jersey Department of Human Services has launched a hotline for residents who need help coping with stress and anxiety during the health crisis. The hotline is open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week- 866-202-4357.
St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson is also providing a free helpline for hearing impaired Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 973-870-0677.
The state COVID-19 hotline can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-962-1253 or text NJCOVID to 898-211.