SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –The Sussex County officials reported four new cases and no additional death as of September 16.

As of September16 there were 1,491 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 198 deaths and 1,262 recovered coronavirus patients. Three prior cases have been reassigned out of the county according to Sussex County officials.  THREE positive tests attributed to Sussex County have been reassigned to another location.

The New Jersey Treasury Department announced overall revenue collections were down in August by 5.7% from the same time in 2019.  Sales tax for the same time period however was actually 3% higher than 2019; from $808.4 million in 2019 to $890.8 million in 2020.

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Against the backdrop of veterans’ family members protesting outside of the Veterans Home in Menlo Park, Governor Murphy signed legislation related to nursing homes and other long term care centers, in the wake of COVID-19.  Some of the measures include raising minimum wages of direct care employees and establishes limits on the numbers of residents per staff member.

Additional legislation provides $62.3 million to long term care facilities to help pay for the new wage and staffing requirements. 

The Big 10 Conference, of which Rutgers University is a part, announced football games will be able to start on the weekend of October 23.  The announcement came as the league leaders were being pressured by politicians and boosters. 

The conference leaders announced enhanced protocols including daily testing of coaches, staff and athletes.  Football is the only sport to be addressed under this announcement to resume play.  Other fall sports will be addressed soon, according to the league leaders.

The New Jersey Treasury Department announced overall revenue collections were down in August by 5.7% from the same time in 2019.  Sales tax for the same time period however was actually 3% higher than 2019; from $808.4 million in 2019 to $890.8 million in 2020.

In New Jersey the Rt rate fell to 1.06 as of September 16. 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 Wednesday are 462, from 406 on Tuesday.

New Jersey had an additional 388 new coronavirus cases and nine additional COVID-19 deaths on September 16 according to the state department of health.

New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 14,254 deaths and 197,404 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 7.21% as of September 16. The dashboard said 3,234,972 New Jersey residents been tested as September 16.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 22,030 patients and 1,800 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 20,422 positive tests and 1,353 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,895 coronavirus related deaths and 20,723 positive test results. 

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 6,607,955 confirmed cases and 196,254 coronavirus deaths with a mortality rate of 2.96%. As of September 16, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 33,042.

Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 250 with 115 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 9 with one death
  • Byram Township 79 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 89 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 49 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 24 with one death
  • Green Township 32 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 42 with one death
  • Hampton Township 41 with three deaths
  • Hardyston Township 61 with three death
  • Hopatcong Borough 157 with seven deaths
  • Lafayette Township 17 with one death
  • Montague Township 36 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 125 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 21 with two deaths
  • Sandyston Township 11 with one death
  • Sparta Township 155 with 12 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 32 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 13 with one death
  • Sussex Borough 18 with one death
  • Vernon Township 158 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 70 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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