SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –Sussex County Division of Health officials announced on Friday there are four additional coronavirus case and no additional deaths. The next report from county officials will be on Monday, August 17.
As of August 14 there were 1,385 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 198 deaths and 1,188 recovered coronavirus patients.
Governor Murphy announced the November election will be held primarily by mail. Ballots will be mailed to active registered voters by October 5. Voters must have sent the ballots back, postmarked by November 3 and received by the county clerk office November 10.
As with the primary, voters will also have the option of hand delivering the ballots to the county clerk or into a secure drop box. This time, voters will be allowed to bring their ballot to a polling place.
Each municipality must have at least one in-person polling location and all counties must have at least half of the polling places open.
The state is announcing a plan to provide funding to colleges for costs incurred because of the pandemic. Money will come from the $150 million CARES act funding. They can be used for cleaning supplies, modifications to facilities and the costs of providing remote learning.
The Rt rate remained at 0.92 as of August 14. 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 Friday was 514, down from 545 on Thursday.
State officials reported 570 new COVID-19 cases and 10 new deaths on August 14 from 656 new cases and nine deaths reported on August 13.
New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 14,064 deaths and 187,164 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 7.49% as of August 14. The dashboard said 2,429,841 New Jersey residents been tested as of August 14.
Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 21,058 patients and 1,788 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 19,830 positive tests and 1,341 deaths.
Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,876 coronavirus related deaths and 19,870 positive test results.
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 5,306,215 confirmed cases and 168,334 coronavirus deaths with a mortality rate of 3.17%. As of August 14 New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 32,827.
Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:
- Andover Borough 2
- Andover Township 243 with 114 deaths
- Branchville Borough 9 with one death
- Byram Township 73 with three deaths
- Frankford Township 89 with 23 deaths
- Franklin Borough 48 with two deaths
- Fredon Township 21 with one death
- Green Township 28 with one death
- Hamburg Borough 34 with one death
- Hampton Township 38 with three deaths
- Hardyston Township 60 with three death
- Hopatcong Borough 143 with eight deaths
- Lafayette Township 14 with one death
- Montague Township 33 with four deaths
- Newton Town 116 with 12 deaths
- Ogdensburg Borough 19 with one death
- Sandyston Township 8 with one death
- Sparta Township 134 with 11 deaths
- Stanhope Borough 31 with one death
- Stillwater Township 14 with one death
- Sussex Borough 18 with one death
- Vernon Township 150 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.