SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – In their first announcement since July 10 Sussex County Division of Health officials announced 10 additional cases and 1 additional death from COVID-19.  The total number of cases in the county to 1275 with 194 deaths and 1067 recovered patients as of July 13.

Officials report an 83-year-old Andover man lost his life to COVID-19.

Governor Murphy, through an executive order, eliminated the limit of passengers on New Jersey Transit buses, trains and light rails. Riders are still required to wear a mask at indoor stations and outdoors where social distancing is not possible.

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A second executive order postponed all special elections statewide, including those to fill open political seats. They can be placed on the ballot during the general election on November 3.

New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said the “testing capacity infrastructure is being stressed” because cases are rising in other parts of the country.  The increased demand for tests across the country has led to a longer turnaround for test results in New Jersey, according to Persichilli.  Some pharmacy chains are also reporting longer response times.

Despite this issue, Murphy continues to say the state has the capacity for all to get tested and urged people to get tested, especially people who have traveled to states with spiking cases.

State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced New Jersey would be joining other states in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency that will not allow foreign students who are here on an education visa to remain if their college is only holding online courses in the fall.

On July 12 state officials announced the Rt rate declined at 0.91.  Hospitalizations stood at 892 on July 13.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 13,613 deaths and 175,522 confirmed positive coronavirus cases.  The dashboard 1,700,385 New Jersey residents been tested as of July 13.

According to the state COVID-19 dashboard no additional deaths were reported on July 12 in the three hardest hit counties.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 19,891 coronavirus patients and 1,758 deaths, adding just two deaths overnight.  Hudson County is reporting 19,135 positive tests and 1,305 deaths, reporting two additional deaths overnight. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,828 coronavirus related deaths and 19,039 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 13.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 3,352,696 confirmed cases and 135,512 coronavirus deaths, with a mortality rate of 4.04%, down from 4.09% on Sunday. As of July 13, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 32,395.

Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 241 with 112 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 7 with one death
  • Byram Township 58 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 86 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 47 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 20 with one death
  • Green Township 22 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 30 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 32 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 107 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 17 with one death
  • Sandyston Township 8 with one death
  • Sparta Township 115 with 11 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 22 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 14 with one death
  • Sussex Borough 16 with one death
  • Vernon Township 138 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 58 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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