The Sussex County Department of Health announced 27 new cases and five deaths related to the novel coronavirus in its latest report released Thursday.


The numbers bring the countywide totals to 787 cases and 82 deaths. Of the fatalities, 45 (55%) are attributed to Andover Township, home of the Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation I and II facilities in the midst of an outbreak of the disease that has resulted in more than 140 cases and at least 40 deaths.


Andover Township led the count among Sussex County municipalities in Thursday’s report with six new COVID-19 cases, followed by Vernon with five cases, Hopatcong with four cases and Frankford with three cases.


The report did not specify the residences of the five new individuals who died. Additionally, 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.


In his daily briefing Thursday afternoon, Gov. Phil Murphy announced 4,247 new coronavirus cases statewide, bringing the total to 99,989 during the pandemic. The daily figure is up from 3,551 cases in the previous report.


Additionally, Murphy announced an additional 307 deaths attributed to COVID-19, increasing the death toll throughout the state to 5,368.


Also on Thursday, Sussex County Freeholder Director Sylvia Petillo released a letter to county residents regarding the change in daily life caused by COVID-19. She spoke of the importance of practicing kindness and compassion within the community and assured residents that the county will make it through the ordeal together.


“I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the families whose hearts have been shattered by the loss of loved ones,” Petillo said. “I would like to offer my prayers for those who are ill, and I would like to offer my hope for anyone that is anxious or fearful.”


Petillo noted that anyone with questions related to the coronavirus or in need of food, counseling or other resources can call the county’s COVID-19 hotline at 973-579-9488 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


According to Jim McDonald, director of the Sussex County Department of Health, 145 county residents have been tested as of Wednesday at the County College of Morris site in the five days it has been available to the county. However, he did not have information as to how many of those tested positive or negative.


McDonald said 25 residents were tested on April 16 and 38 the following day, followed by 34 Monday, 28 Tuesday and 20 Wednesday.


The breakdown of Sussex County cases by municipality is as follows: Andover Borough, 2; Andover Township, 157; Branchville, 5; Byram, 31; Frankford, 40; Franklin, 31; Fredon, 11; Green, 9; Hamburg, 18; Hampton, 23; Hardyston, 36; Hopatcong, 81; Lafayette, 9; Montague, 16; Newton, 69; Ogdensburg, 14; Sandyston, 4; Sparta, 81; Stanhope, 17; Stillwater, 4; Sussex Borough, 4; Vernon, 90; and Wantage, 35.