SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –Sussex County Division of Health officials will not announce any data until August 10.  They announced four additional cases and no additional deaths related to COVID-19 as of August 7.

President Trump signed a number of executive orders extending unemployment benefits as well as protection for tenants and people with student loans.  The weekly federal unemployment benefit will continue though lowered from $600 to $400 with the states footing 25% of the bill.

Trump’s executive orders fill the void left by previous laws expiring with Congress unable to come to an agreement.

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Governor Murphy announced a grant based program to offer financial help to small landlords and tenants affected by COVID-19 with $25 million in the Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program.  Money for this grant program comes from the Federal CARES Act.  This provides grants to landlords with three to 10 units who have missed rent payments from April through July. Landlords who qualify for the grants must forgive back rent and late fees.

Murphy has repeatedly called for schools to open in person in September.  The New Jersey Department of Education has put out FAQs for parents and school officials.

The New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard now includes information about contact tracing.

As of August 7 there were 1,366 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 197 deaths and 1,161 recovered coronavirus patients.

Some key data points rose while others continued in a downward trend. 

The Rt rate remained 1.15 as of August 8, thought the number may not have been updated. 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 Saturday to 540, down from 551 on Friday.

State officials reported 368 new COVID-19 cases and nine new deaths on August 8 from 374 new cases and 11 deaths reported on August 7.

New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 14,016 deaths and 184,429 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 7.60% as of August 7.  The dashboard said 2,252,792 New Jersey residents been tested as of August 7- it does not appear to have been updated on August 8.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 20,751 coronavirus patients and 1,787 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 19,6 41 tests and 1,337 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,872 coronavirus related deaths and 19,715 positive test results. 

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 4,994,836 confirmed cases and 162,382 coronavirus deaths, with a mortality rate of 3.25%. As of August 8 New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 32,768.

Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 243 with 113 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 9 with one death
  • Byram Township 69 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 88 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 47 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 20 with one death
  • Green Township 28 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 35 with one death
  • Hampton Township 38 with three deaths
  • Hardyston Township 59 with three death
  • Hopatcong Borough 142 with eight deaths
  • Lafayette Township 14 with one death
  • Montague Township 33 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 114 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 18 with one death
  • Sandyston Township 8 with one death
  • Sparta Township 130 with 11 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 27 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 14 with one death
  • Sussex Borough 17 with one death
  • Vernon Township 147 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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