SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –The Sussex County officials reported 30 new case and no additional deaths on October 10. This is the first data release made by the Sussex County Division of Health since Friday, October 16.

As of October 19, there were 1,746 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 197 deaths and 1,428 recovered coronavirus patients. Two cases have been reassigned out of the county.

While there have been increases in positive cases across the state, Governor Murphy said he did not foresee reversing of any the relaxation of indoor gathering rules. He said he did not think indoor activities such as indoor dining were the cause of the increased numbers of positive cases.

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NJ Transit will begin installing electronic ticket readers in all of their buses to eliminate a point of contact.  It will begin on the 144, 155, 157, 262, 163, 164, 167, 168, 177 and 354.  The NJ Transit trains already have handheld devices to allow tickets to be validated without contact.

With the increased number of positive cases, the federal government is providing additional clinical staff for residents in the Veterans’ nursing homes.  Murphy said they began on Monday and will be around for at least four weeks.  He also announced major leadership changes to the state’s veterans’ affairs hierarchy.  He said the leaders of the Paramus and Menlo Park homes are being replaced.  Most of the veterans’ deaths occurred at those two residences.

In New Jersey the Rt rate lowered slightly to 1.14 as of October 19. 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 Monday are 758 from 732 on Sunday.

New Jersey had an additional 1,192 new coronavirus cases and 10 COVID-19 deaths on October 19 according to the state department of health.

New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 14,425 deaths and 221,205 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 6.52% as of October 19. The dashboard said 4,217,705 New Jersey residents been tested as October 19.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 23,845 patients and 1,809 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 21,810 positive tests and 1,364 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,904 coronavirus related deaths and 22,625 positive test results. 

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 8,208,093 confirmed cases and 220,086 coronavirus deaths, with a mortality rate of 2.68%. As of October 19, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 33,366 New York has also reported 78,442 recovered coronavirus patients.

Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 253 with 115 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 12 with one death
  • Byram Township 97 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 91 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 52 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 30 with one death
  • Green Township 32 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 49 with one death
  • Hampton Township 43 with three deaths
  • Hardyston Township 75 with three death
  • Hopatcong Borough 171 with seven deaths
  • Lafayette Township 20 with one death
  • Montague Township 40 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 148 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 23 with two deaths
  • Sandyston Township 11 with one death
  • Sparta Township 236 with 12 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 34 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 19 with one death
  • Sussex Borough 19 with one death
  • Vernon Township 207 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 82 with one death

COVID-19 testing in Sussex County is only available through local health care facilities.  Check their websites for details.

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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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