SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –The Sussex County officials reported 11 new cases and no additional deaths on October 8.  The last COVID-19 related death in Sussex County was reported on September 8, the only one for the September.  August had three coronavirus deaths and there were two reported in July.

As of October 8, there were 1670 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 197 deaths and 1,366 recovered coronavirus patients.

Sussex County has the fifth fewest number of positive COVID-19 patients and sixth lowest number of COVID-19 deaths.

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While the number of COVID-19 cases in Sussex County has risen by 431 since July 1, the last time a death was reported in the county was a 63-year-old Ogdensburg Borough woman on September 8.

Prior to that a 77-year-old Andover Township woman died on April 13 and was reported on August 18. And there were three additional deaths reported in August:

  • 82-year-old Andover Township man,
  • 86-year-old Sparta woman,
  • 82-year-old Andover Township man. 

Two additional deaths were reported in July:

  • 83-year-old Andover Township man and
  • 72-year-old Andover Township woman.

The state health department reported more than 1300 cases, causing concern there may be a “second wave.” Approximately one quarter of the new cases were from Ocean County, with most men from Lakewood ages 19 to 49.  Hospitalizations were only up slightly and the transmission rate has been slowly dropping this week.

In New Jersey the Rt rate dropped slightly 1.22 as of October 8. 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 652 from 601 on Wednesday.

New Jersey had an additional 1,806 new coronavirus cases and nine additional COVID-19 deaths on October 8 according to the state department of health.

New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 14,373 deaths and 211,148 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 6.80% as of October 8. The dashboard said 3,842,667 New Jersey residents been tested as October 8.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 22,959 patients and 1,808 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 21,042 positive tests and 1,359 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,899 coronavirus related deaths and 21,539 positive test results. 

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 7,600,026 confirmed cases and 212,657 coronavirus deaths, with a mortality rate of 2.79%. As of October 8, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 33,227 New York has also reported 77,351 recovered coronavirus patients.

Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 249 with 115 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 11 with one death
  • Byram Township 90 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 88 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 51 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 28 with one death
  • Green Township 30 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 47 with one death
  • Hampton Township 41 with three deaths
  • Hardyston Township 71 with three death
  • Hopatcong Borough 165 with seven deaths
  • Lafayette Township 18 with one death
  • Montague Township 38 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 140 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 21 with two deaths
  • Sandyston Township 11 with one death
  • Sparta Township 223 with 12 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 32 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 15 with one death
  • Sussex Borough 20 with one death
  • Vernon Township 189 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 79 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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