SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –The Sussex County officials reported three additional COVID-19 cases and one death on August 18.

A 77-year-old Andover woman lost her life to COVID-19 on April 13 according to county officials.

As of August 18 there were 1,401 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 198 deaths and 1,199 recovered coronavirus patients.

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Governor Murphy’s continued closure of theaters was upheld by a federal judge today.

New Jersey expanded the list of quarantine states to 35 with Delaware moving back on to the list and adding Alaska. The list now includes:

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Virgin Islands and Wisconsin.

New Jersey residents are asked to quarantine for 14 days after returning from one of the states on the list.  A state is added to the list when positive tests are higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or where the positivity rate for tests is 10% or more on a seven day average.

The new weekly report from the New Jersey Department of Health indicates Sussex County, as part of the Northwest Region, is designated as Low Activity Level, represented by the color green.  The “case rate” is 2.4, calculated as positive tests per 100,000 population on a rolling 7-day basis.

The COVID-like illness or “CLI” is 1.57 percent on a weekly average.  CLI include patients presenting with fever and cough and difficulty breathing. 

The “Percent Positivity” rate is 2.12, representing the number of positive test from all of the tests administered on a weekly average.

The “COVID Activity Level” is one, based on an value average of the other indexes, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.


The Rt rate crept up to 1.05 as of August 18. 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 Tuesday was 468, from 472 on Monday.

State officials reported 331 new COVID-19 cases and one new deaths on August 18 from 312 new cases and four death reported on August 17.

New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 14,086 deaths and 188,098 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 7.48% as of August 87.  The dashboard said 2,532,745 New Jersey residents been tested as of August 18.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 21,303 patients and 1,788 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 19,936 positive tests and 1,342 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,877 coronavirus related deaths and 20,001 positive test results. 

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 5,454,333 confirmed cases and 171,013 coronavirus deaths with a mortality rate of 3.13%. As of August 17 New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 32,854.

Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 246 with 115 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 9 with one death
  • Byram Township 76 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 144 with eight deaths
  • Lafayette Township 14 with one death
  • Montague Township 33 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 118 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 18 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 153 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 65 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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