SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –The Sussex County officials reported five new cases and no additional death as of September 17.

As of September 17 there were 1,494 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 198 deaths and 1,271recovered coronavirus patients. TWO prior cases have been reassigned out of the county according to Sussex County officials.

Governor Murphy and the Democrat leaders in the legislature announced an agreement to expand the number of New Jersey residents who will be paying the highest level of “millionaires tax.”  Murphy has finally gotten buy-in for his plan to have people earning more than $1million pay the top rate of 10.75%.  Currently the income cut off is $5 million for the top rate.

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Administration officials said the deal could bring in $390 million.  It will be accompanied by $500 rebate for “middle class families.”

The number of people filing for unemployment this week fell to less than 20,000, representing a 14% decline from the previous week, according to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

The Labor Department reported the unemployment rate fell by 3.3% to a rate of 10.9%.  Nearly 410,000 jobs have been added since April according to officials, representing 49% of the jobs lost during the health crisis.

In New Jersey the Rt rate rose to 1.07 as of September 17. 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 Thursday are 431, from 462 on Wednesday.

New Jersey had an additional 617 new coronavirus cases and 12 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 14,266 deaths and 198,361 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 7.19% as of September 17. The dashboard said 3,265,818 New Jersey residents been tested as September 17.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 22,087 patients and 1,800 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 20,437 positive tests and 1,353 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,896 coronavirus related deaths and 20,749 positive test results. 

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 6,674,070 confirmed cases and 197,615 coronavirus deaths with a mortality rate of 2.96%. As of September 17, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 33,070.

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 78 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 127 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 160 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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