Nearly three-quarters of all local deaths are associated with a long-term care facility.
By Matt Skoufalos | May 22, 2020
Another 46 Camden County residents have tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Camden County government reported Friday, bringing the local caseload to 6,053 patients.
Throughout New Jersey, 152,719 people have been sickened by COVID-19 and 10,843 have perished from related causes.
COVID-19 cases are doubling at least every 30 days throughout all of New Jersey save Cumberland County, which stands at a 21-day rate, and Hunterdon County, where cases are doubling every 24 days.
The statewide average of COVID-19 spot positivity testing has held at 18 percent since May 16, but it’s higher in South Jersey: 24 percent as of May 18. Per capita regional hospitalizations continue to trend along comparable levels across North, Central, and South Jersey.
Spot positivity is a snapshot statistic, and the state’s report excludes serology tests, which can confirm the presence of COVID-19 antibodies but not whether the patient actively has the virus.
According to the state health dashboard, Camden County is second among New Jersey counties in new cases of COVID-19, with 110 logged in its May 22 report.
Of 6,053 reported local COVID-19 cases, 1,308 (22 percent) have originated in a Camden County long-term care (LTC) facility: 1,012 are residents and 296 are staff.
LTCs are believed to be associated with 74 percent, or 217 of the 294 total deaths in Camden County; 215 were residents and two were staff.
“Today, we are sending our thoughts and prayers to everyone who has been diagnosed with this insidious virus whilst we wish them a full and fast recovery,” said Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli in a statement.
“This weekend, we pay tribute to those American heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country,” Cappelli said.
“While we are unable to gather in person because of social distancing measures in place to stop the spread of this virus, we will still be honoring our fallen veterans and gold star families with a special online service” scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, he said.
The newest local cases are:
- an Audubon man in his 30s
- six Camden City women, two each in their 30s and 50s, and one each in her 20s and 60s; and three men, two in their 40s and one of unknown age
- six Cherry Hill Township women, two in their 20s, and one each in her 40s, 60s, 70s, and 80s; and five men, two in their 80s, and one each in his 20s, 60s, and 70s
- two Gloucester City women, one each in her 20s and 60s
- four Gloucester Township men, one in his 70s, a boy under 10, and two teenage boys; and two women, one each in her 20s and 80s
- a Lawnside man in his 30s
- three Lindenwold men, two in their 30s and one in his 70s; and two women in their 30s
- two Pennsauken Township women in their 30s
- two Pine Hill women in their 30s
- four Voorhees Township women in their 80s
- a Waterford Township woman in her 40s
- two Winslow Township women, one each in her 20s and 40s
The Camden County and New Jersey Health Departments are working to facilitate trace investigations into all cases.
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