SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ –The Sussex County officials reported 27 new cases and no additional death on September 28, in their first report since Friday, September 25.

As of September 28 there were 1,589 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 198 deaths and 1,297 recovered coronavirus patients. One positive test attributed to Sussex County has been reassigned to another location.

New Jersey Department of Health contact tracers are heading to Ocean County to try to mitigate the outbreak that added 242 positive cases on September 28.  Commissioner Judith Persichilli said 20 additional tracers will be in Ocean County tomorrow to help local authorities. About 30% of the new cases reported in the past six days have come from that county.

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Governor Murphy announced New Jersey will be getting 2.6 million rapid-result tests in the next three months in an agreement with federal officials.  The antigen test produced by Abbott Labs gives results in 15 minutes.  Murphy called it a potential “game changer.” Within two weeks the state is due to receive 170,000 tests. 

Murphy said the first round of tests will be used at nursing homes and other similar facilities such as schools and college and Ocean County. Murphy said some of the tests will be used for “keeping the economy reopening.”

In New Jersey the Rt rate rose slightly 1.12 as of September 28. 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 Monday are 421 from 416 on Sunday.

New Jersey had an additional 559 new coronavirus cases and no additional COVID-19 deaths on September 28 according to the state department of health.

New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard reported there were 14,316 deaths and 204,107 confirmed positive coronavirus cases with a mortality rate of 7.01% as of September 28. The dashboard said 3,566,304 New Jersey residents been tested as September 28.

Bergen County continues to have the highest number of positive tests in the state with 22,439 patients and 1,802 deaths. Hudson County is reporting 20,661 positive tests and 1,356 deaths. 

Essex County is reporting the highest COVID-19 death toll with 1,899 coronavirus related deaths and 21,070 positive test results. 

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center, the United States currently has 7,147,070 confirmed cases and 205,024 coronavirus deaths, with a mortality rate of 2.86%. As of September 28, New York City continues to report the highest number of coronavirus related deaths with a reported 33,140 New York has also reported 76,649 recovered coronavirus patients.

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 85 with three deaths
  • Frankford Township 88 with 23 deaths
  • Franklin Borough 50 with two deaths
  • Fredon Township 26 with one death
  • Green Township 30 with one death
  • Hamburg Borough 46 with one death
  • Hampton Township 41 with three deaths
  • Hardyston Township 66 with three death
  • Hopatcong Borough 159 with seven deaths
  • Lafayette Township 18 with one death
  • Montague Township 36 with four deaths
  • Newton Town 129 with 12 deaths
  • Ogdensburg Borough 21 with two deaths
  • Sandyston Township 11 with one death
  • Sparta Township 209 with 12 deaths
  • Stanhope Borough 32 with one death
  • Stillwater Township 14 with one death
  • Sussex Borough 17 with one death
  • Vernon Township 173 with six deaths
  • Wantage Township 76 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.