Sussex County Harvest Festival canceled due to increase in COVID cases

FRANKFORD – The Harvest, Honey and Garlic Festival at Sussex County Fairgrounds has been canceled for the second year in a row due to COVID-related concerns.

County administrator Greg Poff announced that the festival, scheduled for Oct. 9, had been canceled “due to the increase in COVID-19 infections across the county.” The date of the 2022 event remains to be determined.

The annual festival that brings together local vendors of honey and garlic products in town is organized in partnership with the Sussex County Beekeepers Association, the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show and Garden State Garlic Growers. The festival was also to feature traditional fall favorites, such as hay rides and pumpkin painting.

The decision to cancel this year’s festival comes as COVID figures in Sussex County have steadily increased over the past two months.

By the numbers

Sussex County has administered more than 163,798 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, as of September 14, according to data from the New Jersey Department of Health.

This is a 1.77% increase from the previous week’s tally of 160,942 COVID-19 doses administered.

In Sussex County, 52% of people were fully vaccinated as of September 14. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers a person to be fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving a single-dose injection (Johnson & Johnson) or a second injection. (either Pfizer or Moderna). This percentage is the sixth lowest among New Jersey’s 21 counties, ahead of Cumberland, Ocean, Salem, Warren and Atlantic.

New Jersey has reported a total of 1,121,089 cases of coronavirus, an increase of 1% from the previous week.

The five counties with the highest percentage of their population fully vaccinated in New Jersey as of September 14 are Morris County (65%), Somerset County (64%), Bergen County (63%), Middlesex County (60%) and Hudson. County (59%).

Some other figures

  • 63% of Sussex County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, for a total of 89,755 people
  • 52% of Sussex County residents are fully immunized, for a total of 74,029 people
  • 71% of New Jersey residents received at least one dose of the vaccine, for a total of 6,334,965 people
  • 63% of New Jersey residents are fully immunized, for a total of 5,587,002 people

In Sussex County, the number of positive cases has increased in every weekly report released by the county’s health division since July. The July 16 report listed 23 new cases of COVID, but that number rose to 264 on September 10.

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County officials returned to daily reports on Monday. Monday’s case count, which included the weekend, was 106. On Tuesday, the county reported 49 cases, 49 also on Wednesday and another 41 on Thursday.

(The Lafayette Garlic Festival will take place as scheduled Thursday and Friday.)

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