SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –Sussex County Division of Health officials said there were 20 new cases of COVID-19 over the past three days and no additional deaths.  

As of July 27 there were 1,330 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 195 deaths and 1,112 recovered coronavirus patients.

State officials have announced coronavirus hospitalizations were down to 695, the first time below 700 from the peak in early spring.  The Rt rate moved to 1.09 as of July 27.

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New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reports no COVID related deaths for  0-17-years-old.  People 18-29 represent 0.04% of the COVID related deaths in New Jersey.   People 30-49 represent 4.3%,  ages 50-64 represent 15.90%, ages 65-79 represent 32.50% and ages 80+ represent 47%

Governor Murphy announced the state has reached an agreement with Rutgers-based company to significantly increase COVID-19 testing capacity.  The agreement with RUCDR Infinite Biologics will add 30,000 specimens to the state’s daily testing capacity. 

The turnaround time for testing should be 48 hours but it has been extended to an average of 7.7 days because of increased need in other states.

Murphy continued to promote the importance of students attending school for in-person instruction, stressing the benefit to students and needs of working families.

With six players testing positive, Rutgers suspended summer football workouts.

New Jersey State Police Supt. Col. Patrick Callahan reported two people were charged with violating pandemic executive orders when police broke up a weekend house party with approximately 700 people.  The owner of a gym in Bellmawr has also been cited for failing to remain closed.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard there were 13,884 deaths and 179,812 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 7.72%.  The dashboard said 1,983,841 New Jersey residents been tested as of July 27.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 20,280 coronavirus patients adding one since yesterday and 1,782 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 19,387 positive tests and 1,327 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,856 coronavirus related deaths and 19,335 positive test results.  

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, The United States currently has 4,282,140 confirmed cases and 147,791 coronavirus deaths, with a mortality rate of 3.45%, up from 3.47% on Sunday. As of July 27, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 32,645.

Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:

Andover Borough 2

  • Andover Township 242 with 112 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 9 with one death
  • Byram Township 69 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 86 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 47 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 20 with one death
  • Green Township 27 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 31 with one death
  • Hampton Township 36 with three deaths
  • Hardyston Township 55 with three death
  • Hopatcong Borough 141 with eight deaths
  • Lafayette Township 13 with one death
  • Montague Township 33 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 112 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 17 with one death
  • Sandyston Township 8 with one death
  • Sparta Township 124 with 11 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 24 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 14 with one death
  • Sussex Borough 17 with one death
  • Vernon Township 142 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 61 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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