SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –The Sussex County officials reported eight new case and no additional deaths on October 23.The next report from Sussex County will be on Monday, October 26.

As of October 23, there were 1,776 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 197 deaths and 1,442 recovered coronavirus patients. One case has been reassigned out of the county.

Governor Murphy signed nursing home and long term care or LTCs legislation from his home where he and his wife are quarantining after two aids tested positive for COVID-19.  The pair of bills establish a task force to boost retention among staff members for long term care facilities and to require LTCs to prevent social isolation of residents.  Nearly half of all COVID-19 related deaths in New Jersey happened in LTCs.

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New Jersey Motor Vehicles Commission announced people wishing to do business at 11 facilities will have to make an appointment- walk ins will be prohibited.  The affected facilities include: Cherry Hill, Hazlet, Jersey City, Lakewood, Manahawkin, Medford, Somerville, Springfield, Trenton, Turnersville and Wallington.  Certain transactions including transfers for licenses and registration will require an appointment statewide.

The MVC licensing center in Freehold will be closed starting Saturday, October 24, joining several other agencies across the state that have had employees test positive for COVID-19.

In New Jersey the Rt rate stayed steady at 1.17 as of October 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 Friday are 874 from 852 on Thursday.

New Jersey had an additional 1,045 new coronavirus cases and 10 COVID-19 deaths on October 23 according to the state department of health.

New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 14,484 deaths and 225,430 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 6.42% as of October 23. The dashboard said 4,337,985 New Jersey residents been tested as October 23.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 24,259 patients and 1,814 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 22,236 positive tests and 1,368 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,909 coronavirus related deaths and 23,253 positive test results. 

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 8,487,707 confirmed cases and 223,914 coronavirus deaths, with a mortality rate of 2.63%. As of October 23, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 33,418 New York has also reported 78,854 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 99 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 91 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 53 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 30 with one death
  • Green Township 32 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 50 with one death
  • Hampton Township 43 with three deaths
  • Hardyston Township 77 with three death
  • Hopatcong Borough 183 with seven deaths
  • Lafayette Township 20 with one death
  • Montague Township 40 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 152 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 23 with two deaths
  • Sandyston Township 11 with one death
  • Sparta Township 241 with 12 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 34 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 21 with one death
  • Sussex Borough 18 with one death
  • Vernon Township 208 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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