SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ - Sussex County Division of Health officials announced four new COVID-19 cases and one additional coronavirus related deaths on July 8.  The total number of cases in the county to 1264 with 194 deaths and 1061 recovered patients as of July 6.

 72-year-old Andover woman died from COVID-19, according to county officials.

Prompted by what he called backsliding, Governor Murphy signed an executive order requiring face mask be worn outside when distancing is not possible. 

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Murphy relaxed some rules regarding restaurants, allowing modified indoor dining.  Restaurants with fixed roofs that can open two walls to outside can serve patrons inside.  The wall space to be opened must be at least half of the total wall area of the restaurant.

In response to long lines and wait times of several hours at the Motor Vehicle Commission offices, officials announced they will be open six days a week until the backlog is caught up. MVC employees have been moved to the “essential worker” list from furloughed state workers.

State officials said the Rt rate had climbed to 1.1 up from 1.05 over the weekend. New Jersey saw 935 coronavirus hospitalizations with 70 COVID-19 patients discharged on Monday.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 13,476 and 174,039 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 7.74%.  The dashboard 1,577,848 New Jersey residents have been tested as of July 8.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 19,732 coronavirus patients and 1,749 deaths, adding just one death overnight.  Hudson County is reporting 19,024 positive tests and 1,295 deaths, reporting no additional deaths overnight. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,805 coronavirus related deaths, two more than yesterday and 18,920 positive test results

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard, the four counties with the fewest number of reported cases and coronavirus related deaths are Cape May County, Salem County, Hunterdon County and Sussex County, as of July 8.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 3,051,427 confirmed cases and 132,256 coronavirus deaths, with a mortality rate of 4.33%, down from 4.39% on Tuesday and 3.57% on Monday. As of July 8, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 32,251.

Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:             

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 241 with 111 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 7 with one death
  • Byram Township 58 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 85 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 46 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 21 with one death
  • Green Township 19 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 29 with one death
  • Hampton Township 34 with three deaths
  • Hardyston Township 54 with three death
  • Hopatcong Borough 134 with eight deaths
  • Lafayette Township 13 with one death
  • Montague Township 31 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 106 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 17 with one death
  • Sandyston Township 8 with one death
  • Sparta Township 113 with 10 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 21 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 14
  • Sussex Borough 17 with one death
  • Vernon Township 138 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 56 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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