SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Division of Health announced 11 additional coronavirus patients and 888 recovered patients as of Tuesday, May 26.  No additional deaths were reported for the third day in a row, according to county officials. 

Governor Murphy announced schools, including high schools and colleges, will be allowed to hold outdoor graduations after July 6.  He said additional details will be released on Wednesday.  Murphy said size will determine whether or not the ceremonies have to be held in multiple locations or different days. 

Murphy said anecdotal reports of behavior over the holiday weekend said that compliance with social distancing and other restrictions was “decent.”

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The governor also said his executive order from last week allows professional sports team to hold training camps and competitions as long as their leagues allow. He said he believed the Jets and Giants would be playing in MetLife without fans this season. 

Murphy said the easing of restrictions on professional sports does not yet extend to little league, youth or interscholastic competitions. 

According to New Jersey Department of Health 2,723 patients are being treated for COVID-19 as of May 26 at the 71 New Jersey hospitals continuing to decline from the peak of more than 8,000 in mid-April.  Currently 786 patients are in critical condition or intensive care, the third day below 800.

The New Jersey Health Commissioner said officials have confirmed 23 cases of Kawasaki disease in patients between ages one and 18.  Most of these children have tested positive for coronavirus.  All were hospitalized and 15 have been discharged and no Kawasaki deaths have been reported in the state.

Commissioner Persichilli reported a 40% drop on childhood vaccinations for children under 2-years-old and 60% for older children from the beginning of March and April 20.  She encouraged pediatricians to consider scheduling strategies that would allow for sick and well patients to be seen at different times of day as well as establish curbside locations for vaccinations.

Rutgers University announced SATs and ACTs were optional for applicants for their spring or fall 2021 semesters.   

COVID-19 patients by town as of May 26 with COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 202 with 84 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 4 with one death
  • Byram Township 48 with two deaths
  • Frankford Township 75 with 20 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 42 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 18
  • Green Township 12 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 27
  • Hampton Township 30 with two deaths
  • Hardyston Township 50 with one death
  • Hopatcong Borough 114 with five deaths
  • Lafayette Township 9,
  • Montague Township 23 with two deaths
  • Newton Town 97 with 11 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 15
  • Sandyston Township 6 with one death
  • Sparta Township 105 with seven deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 20 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 11
  • Sussex Borough 8
  • Vernon Township 125 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 51 with one death

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 11,191 reported coronavirus deaths and 155,764 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with 635,892 reported tests.  They caution the numbers may be artificially low because of the long weekend and their experience with weekend data reporting.

Hudson County has the highest number of positive tests in the state with 18,096 coronavirus patients and 1,143 deaths.  Bergen County is reporting 17,963 positive tests and 1,528 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,605 victims and 17,255 patients. The highest number of new cases was reported by Camden County with 67.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 1,681,212 confirmed cases and 98,916 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 29,302 COVID-19 related deaths.

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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