SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Division of Health reported one additional cases COVID-19, one additional coronavirus related deaths on June 24. The total number of cases in the county to 1228 with 191 deaths and 1029 recovered patients, reported on June 26.

The governor together with New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet and Mount Olive Superintendent/Sparta Board of Education member Robert Zywicki announced the plan to return to school in the fall. 

Most of the specific details are left in the hands of the local districts.  The state said social distancing must be followed.  If that is not possible, students and staff are to wear masks.  Alternate schedules can also be considered, with some variation of split session to get the classroom numbers down. 

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Districts must also be prepared to return to remote learning if the health concerns increase.

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission announced it will delay opening their offices for in person visits from June 29 to July 7.  The Chief Administrator Sue Fulton blamed the delay on final testing of a text notification system to limit patron’s time inside the offices. 

This delay affects new permits and licenses, out of state transfers, registration and title documents for individuals and REAL ID appointments.  Road tests and vehicle inspections will resume on June 29.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 13,060 reported coronavirus deaths and 170,584 confirmed positive coronavirus cases. The dashboard 1,346,672 New Jersey residents have been tested as of June 26.

Bergen County is now the highest number of positive tests in the state with 19,264 coronavirus patients and 1,718 deaths.  Hudson County is reporting 18,788 positive tests and 1,274 deaths.  Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,778 coronavirus related deaths and 18,666 positive test results

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 2,467,510 confirmed cases and 125,045 coronavirus deaths. As of June 26 New York City has reported 31,342 COVID-19 related deaths.

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 110 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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