SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County Division of Health announced 2 new coronavirus patients, three probable COVID-19 deaths. This brings the total number of cases in the county to 1174 with 181 deaths and 973 recovered patients, as of June 9.
A 64-year-old Andover man, an 81-year-old Byram man and a 40-year-old Sussex Borough man all had their cause of death listed as probably related to COVID-19.
Governor Murphy announced he would be signing an executive order to formally lift his stay-at- home order because, with businesses opening and more activities being allowed it was not necessary. He did, however, urge residents to stay home and work from home when possible. He also requested residents wear masks and practice social distancing when outside.
Limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings were increased by Murphy. Indoor gatherings, previously capped at 10 can now be 25% of the building capacity or 50 people total, whichever is lower.
Murphy said the measure was aimed specifically at houses of worship but could be applied everywhere. He said indoor worship services could start again on June 12.
Outdoor gatherings were expanded from 25 to 100 people effective immediately. Murphy outlined a timeline for further easing; 250 people on June 22 and 500 people on July 3.
Murphy also said pools can reopen on June 22. Additionally, outdoor recreation and entertainment businesses can open on June 22. Amusement parks, water parks and arcades will remain closed.
State official report 1,736 coronavirus patients are being treated in New Jersey hospitals, 510 in intensive care, 373 on ventilators. Hospitals reported 84 new COVID-19 admittances and 80 discharged COVID-19 patients.
The Rt or rate of reproduction of the virus is at 0.64, representing the number of people being infected by a known infected person.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there are 12,303 reported coronavirus deaths and 164,796 confirmed positive coronavirus cases. The dashboard said 989,497 New Jersey residents have been tested as of June 9.
Hudson County has the highest number of positive tests in the state with 18,607 coronavirus patients and 1,235 deaths. Bergen County is reporting 18,573 positive tests and 1,628 deaths.
Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,722 victims and 18,151 patients.
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 1,979,089 confirmed cases and 111,979 coronavirus deaths. New York City has reported 30,458 COVID-19 related deaths and 67,808 recovered patients as of June 9.
COVID-19 patients by town as of June 6 with COVID-19 related deaths:
- Andover Borough 2
- Andover Township 230 with 105 deaths
- Branchville Borough 5 with one death
- Byram Township 53 with two deaths
- Frankford Township 82 with 22 deaths
- Franklin Borough 44 with two deaths
- Fredon Township 18 with one death
- Green Township 14 with one death
- Hamburg Borough 29
- Hampton Township 29 with two deaths
- Hardyston Township 52 with two death
- Hopatcong Borough 124 with seven deaths
- Lafayette Township 11 with one death
- Montague Township 27 with four 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 20 with one death
- Stillwater Township 12
- Sussex Borough 11
- Vernon Township 131 with six deaths
- Wantage Township 51 with one death
Drive thru testing is available by appointment at Sussex County Community College to Sussex County residents who have 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.