SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –The Sussex County officials reported 10 new case and no additional deaths over the past three days. The county health department will not report again until Monday.
As of August 31 there were 1,450 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 197 deaths and 1,240 recovered coronavirus patients.
In anticipation of restaurants reopening on Friday, guidelines were announced. Patrons must remain seated at tables to place orders and food can only be brought to the tables by food servers.
Restaurants are limited to 25% capacity and tables must be spaced to six feet apart. Staff must wear masks all of the time. Diners must wear masks when they are not seated at the table and are requested to wear them when not eating.
Movie theaters and other indoor performance venues are also slated to open to patrons on Friday. Each screening room can have 25% capacity or 150 viewers. Families and groups can sit next to each other but each group must be six feet apart.
Theater goers goers must wear masks at all times except when eating popcorn or other concession food.
Attendance at indoor religious ceremonies and celebrations and “indoor political activities” will also be expanded to 25% capacity or 150 people, up from 100.
The New Jersey Department of Health will be releasing additional formal guidelines for these activities.
In New Jersey the Rt rate lowered to 0.90 as of August 31. 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 was 484, from 480 on Sunday.
New Jersey had an additional 341 new coronavirus cases and eight additional COVID-19 deaths on August 31, according to the state department of health.
New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 14,165 deaths and 191,960 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 7.37% as of August 31. The dashboard said 2,857,918 New Jersey residents been tested as of August 31.
Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 21,600 patients and 1,791 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 20,144 positive tests and 1,348 deaths.
Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,886 coronavirus related deaths and 20,324 positive test results.
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 6,028,012 confirmed cases and 183,563 coronavirus deaths with a mortality rate of 3.04%. As of August 31 New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 32,957.
Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:
- Andover Borough 2
- Andover Township 249 with 115 deaths
- Branchville Borough 9 with one death
- Byram Township 76 with three deaths
- Frankford Township 89 with 23 deaths
- Franklin Borough 49 with two deaths
- Fredon Township 23 with one death
- Green Township 28 with one death
- Hamburg Borough 35 with one death
- Hampton Township 40 with three deaths
- Hardyston Township 60 with three death
- Hopatcong Borough 153 with seven deaths
- Lafayette Township 16 with one death
- Montague Township 35 with four deaths
- Newton Town 121 with 12 deaths
- Ogdensburg Borough 20 with one death
- Sandyston Township 11 with one death
- Sparta Township 146 with 12 deaths
- Stanhope Borough 32 with one death
- Stillwater Township 13 with one death
- Sussex Borough 18 with one death
- Vernon Township 155 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.