SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Division of Health reported five additional coronavirus patients and no new COVID-19 related death as of June 4. 

The number of positive cases in Sussex County now stands at 1155 with 168 deaths and 961 recovered patients. 

For the first time, the number of coronavirus patients being treated at the 71 hospitals in the state fell below 2,000 to 1,982; 219 had been discharged since yesterday. The number of patients in intensive or critical care has also decreased to 537 with about 75% of them on ventilators.

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All of the 33 new hospitalizations since yesterday were in south Jersey. Murphy also said the state mortality rate from COVID-19 has fallen to 1.35 per thousand. 

Governor Murphy has also been tracking the so-called “rate of reproduction” or RT, the number of people infected by a each person who has the virus.  This rate stands at .85, “an indicator the virus is ultimately going to die out,” Murphy has said. 

The governor gave additional details about Executive Order 150.  Most of the guidelines for opening “non-essential” businesses will be like those for grocery stores. 

  • the number of patrons will be limited to 50% of capacity,
  • all employees and patrons will have to wear masks,
  • they must provide special shopping hours for high risk people wherever possible,
  • physical barriers between customers and cashiers should be created “where practicable,”
  • areas used by employees should be regularly be sanitized,

The rules are to be applied statewide and cannot be altered by local governments, according to the governor. 

Enclosed malls are not covered by this reopening order unless businesses have their own separate entrances to the outdoors.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 11,970 reported coronavirus deaths and 162,530 confirmed positive coronavirus cases.  Officials report 857,729 tests have been administered.

Hudson County has the highest number of positive tests in the state with 18,465 coronavirus patients and 1,199 deaths.  Bergen County is reporting 18,408 positive tests and 1,603 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,694 victims and 17,912 patients.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 1,872,557 confirmed cases and 108,208 coronavirus deaths.  New York City has reported 30,174 COVID-19 related deaths and 66,756 recovered patients.

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

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 226 with 102 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 4 with one death
  • Byram Township 52 with two deaths
  • Frankford Township 80 with 21 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 42 with one death
  • Fredon Township 18 with one death
  • Green Township 14 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 27
  • 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 27 with three deaths
  • Newton Town 102 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 16 with one death
  • Sandyston Township 7 with one death
  • Sparta Township 105 with nine deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 21 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 12
  • Sussex Borough 9
  • Vernon Township 130 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 51 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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