SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –The Sussex County officials reported 19 new case and no additional deaths on October 28.

As of October 28, there were 1,848 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 197 deaths and 1,454 recovered coronavirus patients.

Governor Murphy announced an executive order requiring all public and private sector employees adhere to six foot distancing standards and mandate face masks for employees and visitors with limited exceptions.  Employers must conduct daily health screenings, send sick employees home and comply with sick-leave laws. 

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The federal Department of Justice announced it was launching an investigation into the state Veterans Memorial Homes in Paramus and Menlo Park where there were 400 cases of coronavirus and nearly 200 people died. 

Paterson has joined Newark and Newton in imposing curfews requiring bars, restaurants and night clubs close at midnight.

Patrons of Port Authority airport terminals, PATH and AirTrain vehicles without a facemask will be fined $50. 

In New Jersey the Rt rate lowered slightly to 1.25 as of October 28. 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 Wednesday are 1,010 from 957 on Tuesday. Of those in the hospital 194 are in intensive care and 80 are on ventilators.

New Jersey had an additional 1,666 new coronavirus cases and 14 COVID-19 deaths on October 28 according to the state department of health.

New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 14,531 deaths and 232,997 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 6.23% as of October 28. The dashboard said 4,523,611 New Jersey residents been tested as October 28.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 24,890 patients and 1,818 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 22,956 positive tests and 1,371 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,912 coronavirus related deaths and 24,455 positive test results. 

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 8,853,703 confirmed cases and 227,663 coronavirus deaths, with a mortality rate of 2.57%. As of October 28, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 33,435 New York has also reported 79,366 recovered coronavirus patients.

Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 254 with 115 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 12 with one death
  • Byram Township 101 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 92 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 53 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 34 with one death
  • Green Township 33 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 50 with one death
  • Hampton Township 44 with three deaths
  • Hardyston Township 86 with three death
  • Hopatcong Borough 190 with seven deaths
  • Lafayette Township 20 with one death
  • Montague Township 40 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 155 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 31 with two deaths
  • Sandyston Township 15 with one death
  • Sparta Township 250 with 12 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 34 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 21 with one death
  • Sussex Borough 18 with one death
  • Vernon Township 226 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 87 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:

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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