SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Division of Health reported five additional cases COVID-19, no additional coronavirus related deaths on June 17.  The total number of cases in the county to 1208 with 183 deaths and 1007 recovered patients, reported on June 17.

On the 100 day since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in New Jersey the state is still number five for hospitalizations per capita in the United States.  The number of hospitalization bumped up to 1,352 after having been under 1,300 Tuesday, according to state officials. 

Governor Murphy with the Commissioner of Higher Education announced guidelines for colleges to resume campus activities for the summer and classes for the fall.  The announcement included guidelines as well as recommendation for the summer restart, as of July 1.

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Commissioner Zakiya Smith Ellis said schools must develop and submit their plans to the state for review 14 days before they can reopen their campuses on or after July 1.  The announcement gave guidance in 10 general areas: instruction, housing, computer labs, research labs, student services, libraries, transportation, dining, athletics and study abroad.

Common areas will remain closed and a limited number of students can return to on-campus housing.

The guidelines extend to career and training schools, officials said.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 12,769 reported coronavirus deaths and 167,703 confirmed positive coronavirus cases. The dashboard 1,147,841 New Jersey residents have been tested as of June 17.

Bergen County has passes Hudson County and is now the highest number of positive tests in the state with 18,928 coronavirus patients and 1,681 deaths.  Hudson County is reporting 18,755 positive tests and 1,257 deaths.  Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,755 coronavirus related deaths and 18,421 positive test results

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 2,162,851 confirmed cases and 117,713 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 30,939 COVID-19 related deaths and 69,085 recovered patients as of June 17.

COVID-19 patients by town as of June 17 with COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 234 with 105 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 4 with one death
  • Byram Township 55 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 84 with 22 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 46 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 19 with one death
  • Green Township 16 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 31 with one death
  • Hampton Township 31 with two deaths
  • Hardyston Township 54 with two death
  • Hopatcong Borough 127 with eight deaths
  • Lafayette Township 12 with one death
  • Montague Township 29 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 105 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 16 with one death
  • Sandyston Township 7 with one death
  • Sparta Township 106 with nine deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 20 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 13
  • Sussex Borough 11 with one death
  • Vernon Township 133 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 53 with one death

Drive thru testing is available by appointment at Sussex County Community College to Sussex County residents who have a prescription but will end on Friday, June 19.

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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