SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –The Sussex County officials reported five new cases and no additional death as of September 18.

As of September 18 there were 1,494 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 198 deaths and 1,262 recovered coronavirus patients. TWO positive tests attributed to Sussex County have been reassigned to another location.

New Jersey Institute of Technology or NJIT is beginning to use sewage sampling from seven locations on its Newark campus as a method of getting an early warning of the presence of the coronavirus.  According to experts, this type of testing can detect the virus before people show symptoms of the illness.

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On Wednesday a dorm was shut down after the effluence tested positive.  All 300 students were quarantined pending the results of individual testing. 

In New Jersey the Rt rate rose to 1.08 as of September 18. 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 413, from 462 on Thursday.

New Jersey had an additional 519 new coronavirus cases and 12 additional COVID-19 deaths on September 18 according to the state department of health.

New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 14,270 deaths and 198,848 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 7.17% as of September 18. The dashboard said 3,291,916 New Jersey residents been tested as September 18.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 22,119 patients and 1,801 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 20,454 positive tests and 1,353 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,896 coronavirus related deaths and 20,773 positive test results. 

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 6,696,621 confirmed cases and 198,114 coronavirus deaths with a mortality rate of 2.95%. As of September 18, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 33,078.

Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and deaths:

  • Andover Borough 2
  • Andover Township 250 with 115 deaths
  • Branchville Borough 9 with one death
  • Byram Township 78 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 89 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 49 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 24 with one death
  • Green Township 32 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 42 with one death
  • Hampton Township 41 with three deaths
  • Hardyston Township 61 with three death
  • Hopatcong Borough 157 with seven deaths
  • Lafayette Township 17 with one death
  • Montague Township 36 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 127 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 21 with two deaths
  • Sandyston Township 11 with one death
  • Sparta Township 155 with 12 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 32 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 13 with one death
  • Sussex Borough 18 with one death
  • Vernon Township 160 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 70 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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