SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Division of Health reported five additional cases COVID-19, one additional confirmed and one probable coronavirus related deaths on June 18. The total number of cases in the county to 1213 with 185 deaths and 1011 recovered patients, reported on June 18.
Governor Murphy announced guidelines for malls reopening beginning June 29. All staff and shoppers will be required to wear masks, capacity will be limited to 50%, common areas including food courts must remain closed. State officials are recommending customer flow patterns to eliminate congestion such as separate entrances and exits.
Movie theaters and amusement attractions must remain closed.
Restaurants in malls must follow the same service restrictions as standalone restaurants; take out and deliver and only outdoor table service.
The New Jersey State Attorney General Grewal directed municipal prosecutors to drop charges related to COVID-19 violations against outdoor political protesters and for attending outdoor religious services.
Governor Murphy again said everyone in the state needs to be tested for active coronavirus to help officials get the data needed to track infection rates. He specifically wanted testing for people who have begun to go out to beaches, restaurants or stores or attended an outdoor protest.
People wishing to get a test at CVS in Sparta, Oak Ridge and Stanhope must qualify because “test supplies are extremely limited” according to the test scheduling page on their website. Qualification is based on a questionnaire completed by the person wishing to schedule a test.
Testing at Sussex County Community College will end on Friday, June 19. According to Sussex County Freeholders the testing is ending because of a lack of demand for testing. Sussex County residents
The New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub says “anyone who wants a test, can now get one.” The website also shows testing site in Morris County.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 12,800 reported coronavirus deaths and 168,107 confirmed positive coronavirus cases. The dashboard 1,171,734 New Jersey residents have been tested as of June 19.
Bergen County has passes Hudson County and is now the highest number of positive tests in the state with 18,949 coronavirus patients and 1,684 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 18,753 positive tests and 1,256 deaths. Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,758 coronavirus related deaths and 18,499 positive test results
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 2,189,128 confirmed cases and 118,421 coronavirus deaths. New York City has reported 30,974 COVID-19 related deaths and 69,243 recovered patients as of June 18.
COVID-19 patients by town as of June 18 with COVID-19 related deaths:
- Andover Borough 2
- Andover Township 235 with 106 deaths
- Branchville Borough 5 with one death
- Byram Township 54 with three deaths
- Frankford Township 84 with 22 deaths
- Franklin Borough 46 with two deaths
- Fredon Township 19 with one death
- Green Township 17 with one death
- Hamburg Borough 31 with one death
- Hampton Township 31 with two deaths
- Hardyston Township 55 with three death
- Hopatcong Borough 127 with eight deaths
- Lafayette Township 13 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 21 with one death
- Stillwater Township 13
- Sussex Borough 12 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.