SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Division of Health reported one additional cases COVID-19, no additional coronavirus related deaths on June 24. The total number of cases in the county to 1224 with 190 deaths and 1021 recovered patients, reported on June 24.
Governor Murphy announced easing restrictions for indoor activities including museums, aquariums, shooting ranges, bowling alleys and boardwalk arcades. These businesses can open on July 2 with 25% capacity and other coronavirus related restrictions.
Movie theaters, concert venues, nightclubs and gyms are not included in the easing of indoor activities. Fitness centers will be allowed to provide personal training sessions by appointments.
State officials have announced small but ongoing rise in data points including hospitalizations, rate of transmission and daily positive test results. Murphy said if the trend continues he may pullback on the previously announced opening of casinos and indoor dining.
According to state officials hospitalizations rose for the second consecutive day to 1,196. The transmission rate was up slightly to 0.86. A number below one indicates the virus is going to die off.
Public libraries will be allowed to accommodate indoor patrons beginning on July 6, up to 25% capacity.
Murphy and the governors of New York and Connecticut jointly requested people who have traveled from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, Washington and Texas to quarantine for 14 days. The voluntary measure will be publicized on message boards along highways, in airports and on websites and social media. Hotels in the three states are also requested to give this information to visitors.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 12,995 reported coronavirus deaths and 169,892 confirmed positive coronavirus cases. The dashboard 1,299,645 New Jersey residents have been tested as of June 24.
Bergen County has passes Hudson County and is now the highest number of positive tests in the state with 19,097 coronavirus patients and 1,714 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 18,771 positive tests and 1,272 deaths. Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,764 coronavirus related deaths and 18,617 positive test results
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 2,380,452 confirmed cases and 121,969 coronavirus deaths. New York City has reported 31,257 COVID-19 related deaths and 69,710 recovered patients as of June 24.
COVID-19 patients by town as of June 24 COVID-19 related deaths:
- Andover Borough 2
- Andover Township 239 with 110 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 29 with one death
- Hampton Township 34 with three 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 108 with nine deaths
- Stanhope Borough 21 with one death
- Stillwater Township 13
- Sussex Borough 13 with one death
- Vernon Township 135 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.