Deaths due to the novel coronavirus in Sussex County have now surpassed 100 as the Sussex County Division of Health reports an additional 17 new cases and four new deaths in data released Wednesday. Walpack, which has a population of just 11, reported its first case Wednesday, with all 24 municipalities now reporting cases.


The number of confirmed positive tests of COVID-19 are now at 921 with the total number of deaths now at 103, the division reported.


Three of the four deaths are residents that reside in Frankford Township with the fourth a resident in Andover Township, where the Andover Subacute Rehabilitation Center facilities are located. The Center, the largest longterm care facility in the state, reported a total of 174 COVID-19-positive cases and 46 deaths, in an updated report on Wednesday by the state Department of Health. The facility has had more people die of the virus than all but two longterm care facilities recorded in the state: The Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus, Bergen County, (52) and the Lincoln Park Care Center in Lincoln Park, Morris County (46).


Those who died due to the virus in Frankford were two males aged 91 and 95, and a female, aged 79. The fourth person who died was a 76-year-old female from Andover Township.


Andover Township still has the most COVID-19 deaths in the county, nearly seven times more than the second municipality, Sparta. The cumulative total of Sussex County residents confirmed to have died of COVID-19 are as follows: Andover Township, 59; Branchville, 1; Byram, 1; Frankford, 8; Hampton, 2; Hardyston, 1; Hopatcong, 3; Montague, 2; Newton, 7; Sandyston, 1; Sparta, 9; Stanhope, 1; Vernon, 6; and Wantage, 2.


Andover Township, Vernon, Hopatcong and Sparta, respectively, have the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the county as of Wednesday. The cumulative total of Sussex County residents who are known to have contracted COVID-19 are as follows: Andover Township, 184; Branchville, 6; Byram, 34; Frankford, 57; Franklin, 38; Fredon, 14; Green, 11; Hamburg, 21; Hampton, 24; Harydston, 44; Hopatcong, 96; Lafayette, 12; Montague, 19; Newton, 72; Ogdensburg, 15; Sandyston, 4; Sparta, 92; Stanhope, 17; Stillwater, 7; Sussex, 5; Vernon, 104; Walpack, 1; and Wantage, 42.


Among five longterm care facilities in Sussex County the state Division of Health is reporting in their data, updated Wednesday, there have been 174 positive cases and 68 total deaths.


Aside from Andover Subacute II, reported above, the data reports as follows: Andover Subacute I has 43 cases, 11 deaths; Barn Hill Care Center (Newton) has 14 positive cases, zero deaths; Valley View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center (Newton) has 18 positive cases, 4 deaths; Homestead Rehabilitation and Health Care Center (Frankford but identified as Newton in reports) has 36 positive cases and 7 deaths. No other facilities are reported on the state’s list.


Statewide, there have been a total of 116,264 cases of COVID-19 with 2,481 reported on Wednesday during Gov. Phil Murphy’s daily briefing. There were 329 new deaths, with a statewide total of 6,770.


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