SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Division of Health announced five new coronavirus patients and no new deaths.  This brings the total number of cases in the county to 1179 with 181 deaths and 981 recovered patients, as reported on June 10.

Sussex County Division of Health and Office of Public Health Nursing will be updating the status of county residents who have previously tested positive for COVID-19.  According to an announcement from Carol Novrit, Administrator of the county’s health department and human services, representatives from the department of public health will be knocking on coronavirus patient’s doors to update their status.

Home visits will only happen when phone calls and letters have not been answered. According to the announcement, if there is no response to phone calls and the initial letter, a second letter will be sent, advising the patient of the imminent home visit.

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During the home visit, the county health department representative will produce identification and remain six feet from the patient at the front door.  The representative will ask health related questions as well as their race.

A postage paid survey will be left in the patient’s mailbox as well, to be mailed back to Public Health Nursing department, according to the announcement.

Governor Murphy said the state plans to deploy up to 1,600 contact tracers in the coming weeks.  They will join with the 900 already working for county health departments.  These contract tracers will be trained by the Rutgers School of Public Health and local health departments.

According to state officials, more than 50,000 are interested in becoming a contact tracer.  The state could add up to 4,000 additional contact tracers if COVID-19 cases begin to rise again as the state reopens.

The data will be stored and processed using Dimagi Inc’s CommCare platform.  It will be deployed in Camden County this week as a “soft launch” and in Essex County next week.

As Murphy continues to come under fire for having attended two protests last weekend, the governor announced “First Amendment protected outdoor activities” including political protests and outdoor worship services would be exempt from the new 100-person limit on outdoor gatherings. 

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 12,377 reported coronavirus deaths and 165,346 confirmed positive coronavirus cases. The dashboard said 1,008,934 New Jersey residents have been tested as of June 10.

Bergen County has passes Hudson County and is now the highest number of positive tests in the state with 18,667 coronavirus patients and 1,635 deaths.  Hudson County is reporting 18,647 positive tests and 1,242 deaths.  Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,723 victims and 18,206 patients.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 1,990112 confirmed cases and 112,441 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 30,500 COVID-19 related deaths and 67,808 recovered patients as of June 10.

COVID-19 patients by town as of June 6 with COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 230 with 105 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 4 with one death
  • Byram Township 53 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 83 with 22 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 44 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 19 with one death
  • Green Township 14 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 29
  • Hampton Township 29 with two deaths
  • Hardyston Township 52 with two death
  • Hopatcong Borough 124 with seven deaths
  • Lafayette Township 11 with one death
  • Montague Township 28 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 103 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 16 with one death
  • Sandyston Township 7 with one death
  • Sparta Township 105 with nine deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 20 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 12
  • Sussex Borough 11 with one death
  • Vernon Township 131 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 52 with one death

Drive thru testing is available by appointment at Sussex County Community College to Sussex County residents who have 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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