SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –Sussex County Division of Health officials announced on Wednesday there are three additional cases and no additional deaths. 

As of August 12 there were 1,384 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 198 deaths and 1,184 recovered coronavirus patients.

Governor Murphy announced schools must meet state health and safety standards to open in September.  If they do not certify they meet the standards, they will open with remote learning but must have a plan to meet the safety standards to get students back in the buildings and set a date to do so.

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The New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said the health and safety standards will be released on Thursday.  They will divide the state into six geographic regions with some elements of the standards tailored to the specific region.

The plan is reported to have four color coded categories; green, yellow, orange and red related to risk factors based on health related data.  Guidance will include standards for sanitizing and dealing with students who become ill with suspected COVID-19 during the day.

The Rt rate dropped to 0.92 as of August 12. 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 was 592.

State officials reported 463 new COVID-19 cases and nine new deaths on August 12 from 498 new cases and six deaths reported on August 11.

New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 14,046 deaths and 185,938 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 7.55% as of August 12.  The dashboard said 2,376,016 New Jersey residents been tested as of August 12.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 20,899 patients and 1,788 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 19,749 positive tests and 1,338 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,876 coronavirus related deaths and 19,813 positive test results. 

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 5,197,118 confirmed cases and 166,026 coronavirus deaths with a mortality rate of 3.19%. As of August 12 New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 32,797.

Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 243 with 114 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 9 with one death
  • Byram Township 72 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 89 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 48 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 21 with one death
  • Green Township 28 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 34 with one death
  • Hampton Township 38 with three deaths
  • Hardyston Township 59 with three death
  • Hopatcong Borough 143 with eight deaths
  • Lafayette Township 14 with one death
  • Montague Township 33 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 116 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 19 with one death
  • Sandyston Township 8 with one death
  • Sparta Township 132 with 11 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 31 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 14 with one death
  • Sussex Borough 17 with one death
  • Vernon Township 150 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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