SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –Sussex County Division of Health officials announced four additional cases and no additional deaths related to COVID-19 as of August 7.

Governor Murphy announced 1,344 contact tracers are working across; 995 connected with local health departments and 349 trained at the Rutgers School of Public Health.  Of the people contacted 20% did not answer their phones and only 55% gave contact information. 

The New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard now includes information about contact tracing.

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As of August 7 there were 1,366 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 197 deaths and 1,161 recovered coronavirus patients.

Some key data points rose while others continued in a downward trend. 

The Rt rate moved slightly down again to 1.15 as of August 7, down from 1.23 yesterday. Any number over 1 indicates the virus is spreading. The mortality rate in the state continues to decline as the rate of positive tests is increasing.

State officials announced hospitalizations on Friday moved to 551, down from 754 on Thursday.

State officials reported 360 new COVID-19 cases and 11 new deaths on August 7  from 374 new cases and seven deaths reported on August 6.

New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 14,007 deaths and 184,061 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 7.60% as of August 7.  The dashboard said 2,252,792 New Jersey residents been tested as of August 7.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 20,694 coronavirus patients and 1,786 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 19,607 positive tests and 1,335 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,868 coronavirus related deaths and 19,686 positive test results.  

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 4,940,939 confirmed cases and 161,328 coronavirus deaths, with a mortality rate of 3.26%. As of August 7 New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 32,760.

Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 243 with 113 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 9 with one death
  • Byram Township 69 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 88 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 47 with two death
  • Fredon Township 20 with one death
  • Green Township 28 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 35 with one death
  • Hampton Township 38 with three deaths
  • Hardyston Township 59 with three death
  • Hopatcong Borough 142 with eight deaths
  • Lafayette Township 14 with one death
  • Montague Township 33 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 114 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 18 with one death
  • Sandyston Township 8 with one death
  • Sparta Township 130 with 11 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 27 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 14 with one death
  • Sussex Borough 17 with one death
  • Vernon Township 147 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 64 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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