SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Division of Health officials have not issued a report since July 2..The total number of cases in the county to 1240 with 192 deaths and 1044 recovered patients as of July 2.

Governor Phil Murphy said on “Meet the Press” Sunday morning the federal government should require everyone to wear masks in public.

On that show Murphy said New Jersey was starting to see small spikes of reinfection from people returning from places such as Florida and South Carolina including several people who went to a wedding in Myrtle Beach and returned with the virus.

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Murphy addressed the restrictions on indoor dining, saying it would not be lifted anytime soon because the virus seems to spread more inside than outside.  He said “We’re not ready for it.”

Summer camps can open beginning tomorrow, July 6.  The limits out outdoor gatherings will be increased to 500 people tomorrow as well. The postponed primary elections will be held on Tuesday, July 7.  The postponed tax deadline of July 15 is also approaching.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 13,355 and 173,402 confirmed positive coronavirus cases. The dashboard 1,534,640 New Jersey residents have been tested as of July 5.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 19,625 coronavirus patients and 1,743 deaths, adding just one death overnight.  Hudson County is reporting 18,976 positive tests and 1,288 deaths, reporting no additional deaths overnight. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,799 coronavirus related deaths, two more than yesterday and 18,887 positive test results

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard, the four counties with the fewest number of reported cases and coronavirus related deaths are Cape May County, Salem County, Hunterdon County and Sussex County, as of July 5.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 2,852,807 confirmed cases and 129,718 coronavirus deaths an increase of 134 since July 4. As of July 5, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a  reported 32,157.

Los Angeles County has moved to the top of the list of reported cases of coronavirus with 107,826 as reported by county according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center on July 5.  Illinois’ Cook County including Chicago is number two with 92,240 cases.  Queens County, New York is third with 65,130 cases. Maricopa County in Arizona is fourth with 59,829 cases and Kings County is number five with 59,356 reported cases. 

New Jersey remains second to New York for COVID-19 related deaths and is fifth in the country for reported cases of coronavirus behind New York, California, Texas and Florida, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center. Record high numbers of new cases have been reported in 16 states.  Rounding out the top 10 hottest counties in the country, New York represents four of the remaining five spots.

COVID-19 patients by town as of July 2 COVID-19 related deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 240 with 110 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 7 with one death
  • Byram Township 54 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 84 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 47 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 19 with one death
  • Green Township 19 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 29 with one death
  • Hampton Township 34 with three deaths
  • Hardyston Township 55 with three death
  • Hopatcong Borough 128 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 8 with one death
  • Sparta Township 110 with 10 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 21 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 14
  • Sussex Borough 14 with one death
  • Vernon Township 136 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 55 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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