SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Division of Health officials announced 16 new COVID-19 cases and no additional coronavirus related deaths on July 6, the first report since July 2. The total number of cases in the county to 1256 with 192 deaths and 1046 recovered patients as of July 6.

Governor Murphy announced the Rt or reinfection rate had climbed above 1 to 1.03 for the second day today.  The Rt rate has been below 1 since early May.  Two other data points, however, have continued to decline. 

According to Murphy, hospitalization and daily positive test results have been steadily declining.

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Murphy said the increase of the Rt rate is likely due, in part, to reopening but also from people who have traveled and returned from outside New Jersey, citing two cases discovered over the weekend. He said one was in Hoboken and the other in Sussex and Morris Counties related to a wedding in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Murphy reiterated the request of travelers to self-quarantine after returning from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Texas.  The14-day quarantine is voluntary.

All New Jersey residents should wear masks at all times when in public Murphy said. He was hinting that officials were considering making public mask wearing mandatory.

Day camps, municipal recreation programs, summer school and in-person graduation ceremonies were all allowed to open today.  Murphy said he did not anticipate any additional reopenings until trends were moving in the right direction.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 13,373 and 173,611 confirmed positive coronavirus cases. The dashboard 1,549,209 New Jersey residents have been tested as of July 6.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 19,655 coronavirus patients and 1,745 deaths, adding just one death overnight.  Hudson County is reporting 18,990 positive tests and 1,289 deaths, reporting no additional deaths overnight. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,800 coronavirus related deaths, two more than yesterday and 18,895 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 6.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 2,888,635 confirmed cases and 103,208 coronavirus deaths. As of July 6, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 32,206.

COVID-19 patients by town as of July 2 COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 241 with 110 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 7 with one death
  • Byram Township 57 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 84 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 47 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 132 with eight deaths
  • Lafayette Township 13 with one death
  • Montague Township 30 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 105 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 17 with one death
  • Sandyston Township 8 with one death
  • Sparta Township 112 with 10 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 21 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 14
  • Sussex Borough 15 with one death
  • Vernon Township 138 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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