SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –The Sussex County officials reported 262 new cases and one additional deaths on November 30. This is the first time data has been released by county officials since November 25.

A 95-year-old Lafayette Township has been reported to have "probably" died of COVID-19 on November 25, according to Sussex County officials. 

As of November 30 there were 3,002 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 198 deaths and 2078 recovered coronavirus patients. Six prior cases have been reassigned out of the county.

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Governor Murphy announced new limits on activities. All games, practices and other activities for youth, high school and adults are to be canceled beginning Saturday until after the New Year.  College and professional teams are exempt from this new rule.

Beginning Monday, outdoor gatherings are to be limited to 25 people, down from 150 with exemptions for religious or political activities, funerals, memorial services and weddings. Outdoor dining is also exempt, though must follow other rules established last week to govern cold weather accommodations for eating outside.  

The state health department also released guidelines for traditional holiday events.  Indoor visits with Santa should be behind plexiglass. Outdoor Santa visits are preferable though no sitting on Santa’s lap. Crowds for Santa, tree and menorah lighting must adhere to most current limits for gathering.  Carolers and other singing groups should be at least 10 feet from their audience.

Murphy said statewide shutdown talk was just rumor. He said rules will be more focused and surgical than they were in the spring, with more stringent orders reimposed if the most recent steps do not work or if residents do not act responsibly in a serious fashion.    

In New Jersey the Rt rate lowered slightly to 1.11 as of November 29. 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 are 2,961 from 2,877 on Sunday. Of those in the hospital 575 are in intensive care and 332 are on ventilators, 263 people have been discharged on November 30, “deaths excluded.”

New Jersey had an additional 3,190 new coronavirus cases and 15 COVID-19 deaths on November 29 according to the state department of health.

New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 15,164 deaths and 337,304 confirmed positive coronavirus cases. The mortality rate of 4.49% as of November 30 continues to decline. The dashboard said 6,086,496 New Jersey residents been tested as of November 30.

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,997 coronavirus related deaths and the highest number of positive tests in the state with 35,358 positive test results. 

Bergen County has the second the highest number of positive tests in the state with 34,871 patients and 1,874 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 31,691 positive tests and 1,414 deaths. 

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 13,522,247 confirmed cases and 267,844 coronavirus deaths, with a mortality rate of 1.98%. As of November 30, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 34,605 New York has also reported 85,287 recovered coronavirus patients.

Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:

  • Andover Borough 11
  • Andover Township 310 with 115 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 15 with one death
  • Byram Township 171 with four deaths
  • Frankford Township 140 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 94 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 63 with one death
  • Green Township 70 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 79 with one death
  • Hampton Township 78 with three deaths
  • Hardyston Township 140 with three death
  • Hopatcong Borough 337 with seven deaths
  • Lafayette Township 42 with one death
  • Montague Township 48 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 249 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 52 with two deaths
  • Sandyston Township 27 with one death
  • Sparta Township 410 with 12 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 65 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 41 with one death
  • Sussex Borough 30 with one death
  • Vernon Township 369 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 161 with one death

COVID-19 testing in Sussex County is only available through local health care facilities. Check their websites for details. 

Testing is available in at:

COVID-19 Test At-Home kits are available.

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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