SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Division of Health reported four additional coronavirus patients and no additional COVID-19 related deaths as of June 1.

This brings the total number of coronavirus cases to 1123 in the county and 149 deaths.  They also state 936 people have recovered.

Governor Murphy announced the state is on track for “Stage 2” of his planned reopening. He announced a outdoor “in-person” dining and “non-essential” businesses can open on June 15 but haircuts will have to wait until the following week, June 22.

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Gyms and health clubs will also be allowed to open at reduced capacities as part of Stage 2, though a date was not given.

The Motor Vehicle Commission agencies will also be reopening but specifics were not given.

As is usually the case with these announcements, details of the measures businesses and patrons will have to take will be announced in the coming days.  Murphy also said he reserves the right to pull back on these openings if the COVID-19 trend lines move in the other direction.

The Health Commissioner Judy Persichelli reported on testing results in long term care facilities and other group living situations.  She said 10% of the 44,000 people tested in nursing homes were positive and 4%  of the long term care facilities employees tested positive. 

Of the 17,500 people tested in state prisons, 13% tested positive.  Of the 1,209 patients tested in state psychiatric hospitals 17% were positive. Of the 1,249 seasonal farm workers tested, 11.6% were positive, Persichilli said

Murphy said 285 of every 100,000 residents are being tested, making New Jersey the top state for rate of testing based on the past seven days for nasal swab testing.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 11,721 reported coronavirus deaths and 160,918 confirmed positive coronavirus cases.  Officials report 795,600 tests have been administered.

Hudson County has the highest number of positive tests in the state with 18,428 coronavirus patients and 1,182 deaths.  Bergen County is reporting 18,302 positive tests and 1,580 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,667 victims and 17,695 patients.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 1,811,172 confirmed cases and 105,167 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 29,917 COVID-19 related deaths and 66,110 recovered patients.

COVID-19 patients by town as of June 1 with COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 210 with 87 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 4 with one death
  • Byram Township 51 with two deaths
  • Frankford Township 79 with 20 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 41 with one death
  • Fredon Township 18 with one death
  • Green Township 14 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 27
  • Hampton Township 28 with two deaths
  • Hardyston Township 50 with one death
  • Hopatcong Borough 116 with five deaths
  • Lafayette Township 10,
  • Montague Township 25 with two deaths
  • Newton Town 100 with 11 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 16
  • Sandyston Township 7 with one death
  • Sparta Township 104 with eight deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 20 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 11
  • Sussex Borough 9
  • Vernon Township 129 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 52 with one death

Sussex County Administrator Gregory Poff announced the drive through testing sight at Sussex County Community College opened on May 11.  According to reports there have been six positive cases in approximately 200 people tested.  Residents must have a prescription and be showing symptoms to be able to get an appointment.  The test is a Nasopharyngeal swab test, according to the county.  This site does not offer antibody testing, even if the resident has a prescription.

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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