SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –The Sussex County officials reported eight new case and no additional deaths on October 24. The next report from Sussex County will be on Monday, October 26.
As of October 23, there were 1,776 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 197 deaths and 1,442 recovered coronavirus patients. One case has been reassigned out of the county.
Murphy announced plans to vaccinate state residents. The plan, submitted to the Centers for Disease Control or CDC includes a goal of vaccinating 70% of adults in New Jersey within six months. For that goal to be reached 81,000 people will have to be vaccinated each day, five days a week. At this point vaccinations will not be mandatory but Murphy is planning a campaign to overcome "social media driven conspiracy theories [that] jeopardize our ability to build statewide immunity against this deadly virus."
For the eighth time, Murphy extended the state of emergency for another 30 days. He said he believes the current rise in positive cases is due to indoor gatherings and can be combated with the use of face masks and social distancing.
Murphy and the Department of Health announced there are 1,906 contact tracers. They report 58% of people who test positive have declined to cooperate, refusing to reveal their close contacts.
In New Jersey the Rt rate raised slightly to 1.23 as of October 26. 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 948 from 868 on Sunday. Of those in the hospital 178 are in intensive care and 75 are on ventilators.
New Jersey had an additional 1,223 new coronavirus cases and seven COVID-19 deaths on October 26 according to the state department of health.
New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 14,503 deaths and 229,684 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 6.34% as of October 26. The dashboard said 4,455,234 New Jersey residents been tested as October 26.
Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 24,648 patients and 1,815 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 22,646 positive tests and 1,370 deaths.
Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,911 coronavirus related deaths and 23,931 positive test results.
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 8,661,917 confirmed cases and 225,379 coronavirus deaths, with a mortality rate of 2.60%. As of October 26, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 33,424 New York has also reported 79,092 recovered coronavirus patients.
Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:
- Andover Borough 2
- Andover Township 253 with 115 deaths
- Branchville Borough 12 with one death
- Byram Township 99 with three deaths
- Frankford Township 91 with 23 deaths
- Franklin Borough 53 with two deaths
- Fredon Township 30 with one death
- Green Township 32 with one death
- Hamburg Borough 50 with one death
- Hampton Township 43 with three deaths
- Hardyston Township 77 with three death
- Hopatcong Borough 183 with seven deaths
- Lafayette Township 20 with one death
- Montague Township 40 with four deaths
- Newton Town 152 with 12 deaths
- Ogdensburg Borough 23 with two deaths
- Sandyston Township 11 with one death
- Sparta Township 241 with 12 deaths
- Stanhope Borough 34 with one death
- Stillwater Township 21 with one death
- Sussex Borough 18 with one death
- Vernon Township 208 with six deaths
- Wantage Township 83 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:
- CVS in Sparta and Oak Ridge.
- Enzo in Oak Ridge https://www.enzoclinicallabs.com/
- Skylands Urgent Care in Franklin http://www.skylandsurgentcare.com/
- URGIMED Urgent Care - Randolph, NJ 973-891-1321
- PM Pediatrics - Pompton Plains, NJ 973-616-5437
- Medemerge - Green Brook, NJ 732-968-8900
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.