SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –The Sussex County officials will not be reporting again until Monday, August 24.
As of August 21 there were 1,404 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 198 deaths and 1,206 recovered coronavirus patients.
Sussex County was once again highlighted in green representing the "low" status of coronavirus activity in a ranking put out by the New Jersey Department of Health. With a continued low activity ranking, Sussex County Freeholder Josh Hertzberg wrote to state legislators advocating for a regional reopening for businesses, especially restaurants that were three days away from reopening only to have that options taken away in July by the governor.
Governor Murphy is expected to give a speech about his state budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2021 from Rutgers University football stadium in Piscataway. Invited guests and legislators will be the only audience in the stands.
The Rt rate lowered slightly to 0.90 as of August 23. 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 Sunday was 411, from 376 on Saturday.
State officials reported 258 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths on August 23 from 419 new cases and two death reported on August 22.
New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 14,117 deaths and 189,494 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 7.44% as of August 23. The dashboard said 2,648,740 New Jersey residents been tested as of August 22.
Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 21,326 patients and 1,788 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 20,042 positive tests and 1,344 deaths.
Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,880 coronavirus related deaths and 20,112 positive test results.
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 5,701,514 confirmed cases and 176,797 coronavirus deaths with a mortality rate of 3.10%. As of August 23 New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 32,883.
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 146 with seven deaths
- Lafayette Township 14 with one death
- Montague Township 33 with four deaths
- Newton Town 118 with 12 deaths
- Ogdensburg Borough 19 with one death
- Sandyston Township 8 with one death
- Sparta Township 135 with 12 deaths
- Stanhope Borough 31 with one death
- Stillwater Township 13 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.