SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Division of Health reported three additional cases COVID-19, one additional coronavirus related deaths on June 24. The total number of cases in the county to 1227 with 191 deaths and 1028 recovered patients, reported on June 25.

An 89-year-old Frankford woman lost her life to coronavirus according to county officials as of June 25, 2020.

State officials gave additional information about the voluntary 14-day quarantine for travelers returning from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.  These states were named because their positive COVID-19 rate is more than 10%.  Washington was originally on the list but was removed when they proved their data did not warrant inclusion.

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This voluntary quarantine does not extent to truck drivers, according to New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.  While Gov. Murphy acknowledged the quarantine is voluntary he said Persichilli has authority to intervene in cases of extreme non-compliance.

Murphy also said President Trump is exempt, like the truckers, because they are deemed essential workers.  Trump is expected to be at his golf course in Bedminster after his trip to Arizona.

The governor’s briefing on Friday is expected to include New Jersey Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet.  The outgoing commissioner is expected to announce guidelines for reopening schools for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Guidance is being formulated to allow local districts flexibility to adjust their plan based on the needs of their district, according to Murphy.

According to state officials, hospitalization numbers came down slightly with 1,182 patients being treated in the 71 New Jersey hospitals. 

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 13,018 reported coronavirus deaths and 170,196 confirmed positive coronavirus cases. The dashboard 1,320,910 New Jersey residents have been tested as of June 25.

Bergen County is now the highest number of positive tests in the state with 19,167 coronavirus patients and 1,716 deaths.  Hudson County is reporting 18,775 positive tests and 1,273 deaths.  Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,774 coronavirus related deaths and 18,637 positive test results

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 2,407,167 confirmed cases and 122,370 coronavirus deaths. As of June 25 New York City has reported 31,276COVID-19 related deaths and 69,710 recovered patients though that number has not changed for several days.

COVID-19 patients by town as of June 23 COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 240 with 110 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 5 with one death
  • Byram Township 54 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 84 with 23 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 17 with one death
  • Sandyston Township 7 with one death
  • Sparta Township 109 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.

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