SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Division of Health officials reported six additional cases COVID-19, one additional coronavirus related deaths on June 29. The total number of cases in the county to 1234 with 192 deaths and 1029 recovered patients.

An 87-year-old Sparta man lost his life to COVID-19 according to county officials on June 29.

Governor Murphy pulled back on the plan to allow limited indoor dining on Thursday, despite announcement that new positive cases, hospitalizations and deaths have continued to decline in New Jersey. The ban will continue “until further notice,” the governor said pointing to increases in cases of positive tests in other states following their easing of restrictions. He also said the decision was based on reports in the news of people not wearing masks and ignoring social distancing rules.

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The pullback includes restaurants, bars, indoor catering and wedding venues but not casinos, museums, aquariums, bowling alleys, batting cages, shooting ranges, boardwalk arcades and other indoor recreational facilities.  Those places will be allowed to welcome patrons up to 25% capacity.

State officials reported the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients dropped below 1000 for the first time, to 978.  The reproductive rate remains below 1, at 0.86 the same as it was last week.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 13,138 reported coronavirus deaths, 30,092 recovered patients and 171,272 confirmed positive coronavirus cases. The dashboard 1,403,984 New Jersey residents have been tested as of June 29.

Bergen County has the highest number of positive tests in the state with 19,375 coronavirus patients and 1,722 deaths.  Hudson County is reporting 18,838 positive tests and 1,278 deaths.  Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,784 coronavirus related deaths and 18,731 positive test results

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 2,590,552 confirmed cases and 126,140 coronavirus deaths. As of June 29 , New York City has reported 31,403 COVID-19 related deaths and 70,043 recovered patients.

COVID-19 patients by town as of June 29 COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 240 with 110 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 5 with one death
  • Byram Township 54 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 86 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 47 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 19 with one death
  • Green Township 17 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 7 with one death
  • Sparta Township 111 with 10 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 21 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 13
  • Sussex Borough 14 with one death
  • Vernon Township 135 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 53 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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