SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –Sussex County Division of Health officials announced no additional deaths and 15 additional cases of COVID-19 as of August 3.
As of August 3 there were 1,355 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 195 deaths and 1,144 recovered coronavirus patients.
Some key data points rose while others continued in a downward trend.
The Rt rate moved slightly down to 1.48 as of August 3. 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 announce hospitalizations moved to 738 on Monday up from 703 on Sunday.
State officials reported 264 new COVID-19 cases and 10 new deaths on August 3 from 321 new cases and 6 deaths reported on August 2.
Governor Murphy rolled back some restrictions on Monday on the news of some health indicators. The restrictions for indoor gathering moves back to 25% capacity and no more than 25 people. The new restrictions do not apply to weddings, funerals, memorial services, religious services and political activities protected by the first amendment; the 100 person limit still applies to those entities.
Murphy announce masks would be mandatory in school for students at all times in all school buildings. The previous guidelines recommended masks when social distancing was not possible.
The Department of Education released a checklist of requirements and guidelines for school districts. Each district will be required to submit an affidavit affirming their plans adhere to the guidelines.
New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 13,971 deaths and 182,614 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 7.65% as of August 3. The dashboard said 2,164,580 New Jersey residents been tested as of August 3.
Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 20,552 coronavirus patients and 1,786 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 19,528 positive tests and 1,334 deaths.
Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,861 coronavirus related deaths and 19,558 positive test results.
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 4,712,305 confirmed cases and 155,379 coronavirus deaths, 555 added since Sunday, with a mortality rate of 3.29%, down from 3.31% on Saturday. As of August 3, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 32,719.
Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:
- Andover Borough 2
- Andover Township 242 with 112 deaths
- Branchville Borough 9 with one death
- Byram Township 69 with three deaths
- Frankford Township 87 with 23 deaths
- Franklin Borough 47 with two deaths
- Fredon Township 20 with one death
- Green Township 28 with one death
- Hamburg Borough 34 with one death
- Hampton Township 36 with three deaths
- Hardyston Township 58 with three death
- Hopatcong Borough 142 with eight deaths
- Lafayette Township 14 with one death
- Montague Township 33 with four deaths
- Newton Town 113 with 12 deaths
- Ogdensburg Borough 17 with one death
- Sandyston Township 8 with one death
- Sparta Township 129 with 11 deaths
- Stanhope Borough 26 with one death
- Stillwater Township 14 with one death
- Sussex Borough 17 with one death
- Vernon Township 146 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.