SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –Sussex County Division of Health officials announced there were two additional cases but no additional coronavirus related deaths on July 22. 

There are now 1,303 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 195 deaths and 1,100 recovered coronavirus patients as of July 21.

State official report 873 hospitalizations overnight, the Rt rate is holding steady at .90. The overall state COVID-19 fatalities dropped by 30.  State officials are reviewing death certificates and the reduction of COVID-19 deaths is, in part from the discovery of duplication and misclassifications.

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Governor Murphy said the state’s public schools could lose $1 billion in state aid for the coming school year if the federal government does not provide funding in the phase 4 emergency aid.

Hearings regarding opening school in the fall are going on in the Assembly education committee.

State officials said they were growing concerns about the turnaround time for COVID-19 testing.  New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli  said the average turnaround time for test results stands at 7.7 days.

Murphy clarified his executive order regarding sports drills and competition stating all activities have to be outside. Martial arts and yoga and pilates can hold non-contact classes that are socially distanced with masks. Indoor gyms are closed except for on-on-one training.

The Governor of Delaware was angry to be added to the quarantine list for travelers going to New Jersey.  Affected states are on the list because their new positive tests are higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or where the positivity rate for testsis 10% or higher over seven days. 

State officials have announced coronavirus hospitalizations were down to 833 and there were 22 COVID-19 deaths.  The Rt rate dropped to .90 as of July 19.

The Motor Vehicle Commission offices continue to have long wait times, weeks after reopening for limited business.  The Wayne office is closing again until July 28 after an employee tested positive for coronavirus. Officials continue to encourage people to do as much as they can through the MVC website.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there were 13,787 deaths and 177,645 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 7.76%.  The dashboard 1,840,929 New Jersey residents been tested as of July 22.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 20,099 coronavirus patients adding one since yesterday and 1,768 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 19,281 positive tests and 1,316 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,842 coronavirus related deaths and 19,173 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 21.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 3,967,917 confirmed cases and 143,147 coronavirus deaths, with a mortality rate of 3.60%, down from 3.64% on Thursday. As of July 22, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 32,558.

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 63 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 87 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 47 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 20 with one death
  • Green Township 24 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 32 with one death
  • Hampton Township 34 with three deaths
  • Hardyston Township 54 with three death
  • Hopatcong Borough 140 with eight deaths
  • Lafayette Township 14 with one death
  • Montague Township 32 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 110 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 17 with one death
  • Sandyston Township 8 with one death
  • Sparta Township 120 with 11 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 23 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 14 with one death
  • Sussex Borough 17 with one death
  • Vernon Township 137 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 61 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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