SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Division of Health reported five additional coronavirus patients and no new COVID-19 related death as of June 5.

The number of positive cases in Sussex County now stands at 1160 with 168 deaths and 967 recovered patients. 

The county’s weekly report said 601 female and 559 people have been diagnoses with COVID-19.  Females accounted for 80 deaths and males for 88 deaths in Sussex County.

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According to state officials, the 71 New Jersey hospitals are treating 1,933 patients with coronavirus with 542 in intensive care.

Governor Murphy reported the rate of reproduction or Rt moved to 0.82, lower than yesterday.  A rate of less than 1.0 indicates the virus is dying off – a COVID-19 positive person infects 0.82 people.

State officials report more than 40,000 nursing home residents and staff members at 547 facilities have tested positive for coronavirus.  Long term care centers are reporting 6,091 residents have died  during the COVID-19 pandemic, most of them have been confirmed coronavirus.  They also report more than 109 staff members have also died.

The governor reported the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission offices will start to open on June 15.  They will be doing limited drop-off and pick-up transactions.  The MVC’s chief administrator, Sue Fulton said the agencies have been divided between those dealing with licenses and identifications and those that deal with vehicle related transactions.

Beginning on June 15 the licensing centers will open to process and validate permits from driving schools and high schools.  Vehicle centers will also begin to process registration and titles from dealers as well as accept license plates on June 15.

On June 29 the licensing centers will start to process new licenses and permits, out-of-state transfers and REAL ID licenses for people who have had appointments canceled during the shut down. Vehicle centers will also start doing individual registrations and title transactions. 

Road tests for new drivers are also tentatively scheduled to begin on June 29.  Priority will be given to people whose appointments were canceled because of the shutdown.  They report having temporarily tripled the capacity to handle the back log of high school students and others waiting to get a test. Fulton reports having 11 new testing courses and having reassigned 100 “safety specialists.”

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled inmates had been denied their rights in the state’s process to determine who would be released and who would not during the pandemic.

Murphy said he expects state officials will make an announcement concerning the opening of public and private outdoor pools on Monday.  The governor said additional details about the reopening will be announced on Monday or soon after.

Elements of New Jersey’s National Guard have been deployed to Washington D.C. to assist with the protests. Murphy said 85 troopers that had been standing guard over the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials and the Washington Monument.  He said they would be heading back to New Jersey on Saturday morning.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 12,049 reported coronavirus deaths and 163,336 confirmed positive coronavirus cases.  Officials report 918,891 tests have been administered. This data includes 42,034 PCR tests initially unassigned to a county, but now assigned to a New Jersey county according to the dashboard.

Hudson County has the highest number of positive tests in the state with 18,518 coronavirus patients and 1,205 deaths.  Bergen County is reporting 18,463 positive tests and 1,611 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,702 victims and 18,019 patients.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 1,894,753 confirmed cases and 109,042 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 30,236 COVID-19 related deaths and 66,992 recovered patients.

COVID-19 patients by town as of June 4 with COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 3
  • Andover Township 226 with 102 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 5 with one death
  • Byram Township 52 with two deaths
  • Frankford Township 80 with 21 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 43 with one death
  • Fredon Township 18 with one death
  • Green Township 14 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 28
  • Hampton Township 29 with two deaths
  • Hardyston Township 50 with one death
  • Hopatcong Borough 120 with five deaths
  • Lafayette Township 10 with one death
  • Montague Township 26 with three deaths
  • Newton Town 101 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 16 with one death
  • Sandyston Township 7 with one death
  • Sparta Township 107 with nine deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 21 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 12
  • Sussex Borough 9
  • Vernon Township 131 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 52 with one death

Sussex County Administrator Gregory Poff announced the drive through testing sight at Sussex County Community College opened on May 11.  According to reports there have been six positive cases in approximately 200 people tested.  Residents must have a prescription and be showing symptoms to be able to get an appointment.  The test is a Nasopharyngeal swab test, according to the county.  This site does not offer antibody testing, even if the resident has a prescription.

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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