The Sussex County Division of Health announced eight additional deaths related to the novel coronavirus, seven of which are residents of Andover Township, in its latest report released Tuesday evening.
The Andover deaths included six males and one female ranging in age from 65 to 89. A 94-year-old female from Frankford was also among the fatalities announced Tuesday.
Because deaths relating to coronavirus are only announced once they are reported and verified by health officials, they are not necessarily released the same day they occur.
The newest report also includes 35 new COVID-19 cases among Sussex County residents, bringing the total number of cases countywide to 723. The county health department does not release names, addresses or other personal information of positive individuals, nor does it announce the number of patients who have recovered from the virus.
The latest county report comes as the state continues to investigate the situation at the Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation I and II facilities, where reports Monday indicated more than 30 deaths and at least 130 cases of COVID-19 between the two buildings. Tuesday’s press release does not indicate whether any of the deaths are from facility employees, patients or their family members.
In his briefing Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Phil Murphy announced 3,643 new positive test results, bringing the statewide total to 92,387 cases.
The governor also announced 379 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 — the highest reported in a single briefing to date — for a total of 4,753 throughout the state. However, as is the case in the Sussex County reports, the deaths reported by the state may not correspond to the actual date they occurred.
The breakdown of Sussex County cases by municipality is as follows: Andover Borough, 2; Andover Township, 134; Branchville, 5; Byram, 28; Frankford, 35; Franklin, 29; Fredon, 10; Green, 16; Hamburg, 17; Hampton, 22; Hardyston, 33; Hopatcong, 76; Lafayette, 8; Montague, 14; Newton, 62; Ogdensburg, 10; Sandyston, 4; Sparta, 77; Stanhope, 16; Stillwater, 4; Sussex Borough, 4; Vernon, 82; and Wantage, 35.
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