SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –The Sussex County officials reported 14 new cases and no additional death on October 1.

As of October 1, there were 1611 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 198 deaths and 1,309 recovered coronavirus patients. Two prior positive cases have been reassigned out of the county.

The New Jersey department of Labor and Workforce Development reported a rise in unemployment claims as high as they were mid summer.  Officials attributed the rise to the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program which extends CARES Act funding to people who are not eligible for regular unemployment.

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New Jersey and New York are promoting use of a cellphone app that alerts users if they have come close to someone with coronavirus for an extended period of time; six feet or closer for 10 minutes or more.  The “exposure notification” software app uses Bluetooth technology. 

Official says the app does not share data about user location or personal information. It is already being used in Pennsylvania and Delaware. 

In New Jersey the Rt rate rose slightly 1.16 as of October 1. 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 Thursday are 523 from 479 on Wednesday.

New Jersey had an additional 714 new coronavirus cases and five additional COVID-19 deaths on October 1 according to the state department of health.

New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 14,340 deaths and 205,889 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 6.96% as of October 1. The dashboard said 3,613,032 New Jersey residents been tested as September 30.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 22,579 patients and 1,804 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 20,767 positive tests and 1,358 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,899 coronavirus related deaths and 21,157 positive test results. 

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 7,277,352 confirmed cases and 207,791 coronavirus deaths, with a mortality rate of 2.85%. As of October 1, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 33,159 New York has also reported 76,834 recovered coronavirus patients.

Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 250 with 115 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 11 with one death
  • Byram Township 86 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 88 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 50 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 27 with one death
  • Green Township 30 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 46 with one death
  • Hampton Township 41 with three deaths
  • Hardyston Township 67 with three death
  • Hopatcong Borough 164 with seven deaths
  • Lafayette Township 18 with one death
  • Montague Township 38 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 132 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 21 with two deaths
  • Sandyston Township 11 with one death
  • Sparta Township 208 with 12 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 32 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 15 with one death
  • Sussex Borough 17 with one death
  • Vernon Township 179 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 78 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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