SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –The Sussex County officials reported 14 new case and no additional deaths on October 21.

As of October 21, there were 1,766 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 197 deaths and 1,428 recovered coronavirus patients. One case has been reassigned out of the county.

While in the middle of a press conference at Camden County College, Governor Murphy learned he had been exposed on Saturday to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  Murphy left the event and announced he and his wife will be quarantining.  He did say he had tested negative on Monday and again on Wednesday during is routine screening for coronavirus.

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At the press conference, Murphy announced $14 million of CARES Act funding will be distributed:

$4 million will be available for people, including those normally employed in long term care facilities, to find temporary work,

$3 million is going to training grants for employers in fields such as hospitality and tourism who agree to hire workers once they are trained,

$7 million available to agencies that help to support laid off workers with job referrals, training and other resources.

The New Jersey Health Department announced revised policies for long term care facilities to ease restrictions on visitations.  The new rules allow the facilities to use rapid-result antigen testing, in place of the nasal swab PCR tests.  Facilities are being urged to use the rapid tests on visitors.  This brings New Jersey policy in line with federal guidelines, including cutting the shutdown time from 28 to 14 days of no positive cases for allowing indoor visitors.

In New Jersey the Rt rate raised slightly to 1.15 as of October 21. 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 Wednesday are 844 from 781 on Tuesday.

New Jersey had an additional 1,030 new coronavirus cases and 18 COVID-19 deaths on October 19 according to the state department of health.

New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 14,456 deaths and 223,223 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 6.47% as of October 21. The dashboard said 4,264,123 New Jersey residents been tested as October 21.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 24,066 patients and 1,812 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 22,004 positive tests and 1,367 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,907 coronavirus related deaths and 22,877 positive test results. 

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 8,300,451 confirmed cases and 221,550 coronavirus deaths, with a mortality rate of 2.66%. As of October 21, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 33,371 New York has also reported 78,530 recovered coronavirus patients.

Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 253 with 115 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 12 with one death
  • Byram Township 98 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 91 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 52 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 30 with one death
  • Green Township 32 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 50 with one death
  • Hampton Township 42 with three deaths
  • Hardyston Township 77 with three death
  • Hopatcong Borough 179 with seven deaths
  • Lafayette Township 20 with one death
  • Montague Township 40 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 151 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 23 with two deaths
  • Sandyston Township 11 with one death
  • Sparta Township 240 with 12 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 34 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 21 with one death
  • Sussex Borough 18 with one death
  • Vernon Township 207 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 83 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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