SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Division of Health officials reported one additional cases COVID-19, no additional coronavirus related deaths on July 2. The total number of cases in the county to 1240 with 192 deaths and 1044 recovered patients.

The weekly report by county officials said 52% of the COVID-19 cases are female and 48% are male. Additional but 47% of the coronavirus deaths are female and 53% are male.

The report said the average age of coronavirus patients is 55 years and nine months. 

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The COVID-19 deaths by age groups:

  • 0 to 24 none reported,
  • 25-34  0.5%
  • 35-44  0.5%
  • 45-54  2%
  • 55-59  6%
  • 60-64  12%
  • 65-74  25%
  • 75-84  31%
  • 85 and over 23%

Governor Murphy announced state and United States flags will be raised to full staff on July 3.  They have been lowered to half staff in early April to honor New Jersey residents who died from coronavirus. 

Murphy also announced two executive orders.  One EO raised the limit on the number of people who can gather outside to 500, twice the current limit. The second EO formally extended his public health emergency declaration for an additional 30 days.

Murphy and New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli gave an update on contact tracers.  They said the tracers will be a key weapon in the battle against the spread of coronavirus when the anticipated resurgence of the virus happens. 

The duo said there are now 357 people in the Community Contact Tracing Corps.  They will need to complete the 18 hours of training with the Rutgers School of Public Health  There are already 857 trained tracers who work with local health departments.  

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 13,251 and 172,356 confirmed positive coronavirus cases. The dashboard 1,463,913New Jersey residents have been tested as of July 2.

Bergen County has the highest number of positive tests in the state with 19,474 coronavirus patients and 1,733 deaths.  Hudson County is reporting 18,874 positive tests and 1,287 deaths.  Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,789 coronavirus related deaths and 18,804 positive test results

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 2,724,640 confirmed cases and 128,574 coronavirus deaths. As of July 2, New York City has reported 32,064 COVID-19 related deaths.

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 136 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.

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