Plus: another 109 local residents tested positive, bringing the total number of those infected by the virus to 7,389.
By Matt Skoufalos | June 16, 2020
After reconciling its own reports with New Jersey state health records, Camden County has discovered 58 additional resident deaths during the peak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Those deaths occurred between April 13 and May 30, county officials said Monday, bringing the total number of local fatalities to 410.
Within Camden County, COVID-19 has also sickened 7,389 residents, 109 of which are new cases announced June 15.
In a briefing Tuesday, Camden County Freeholder-Director Lou Cappelli said those deaths were the result of confirming COVID-19-related deaths that were initially deemed “probable,” and that another six deaths may be added to those rolls.
“It’s just a backlog of information and data coming from the state,” Cappelli said.
Throughout New Jersey, 167,103 people have been sickened by COVID-19 and 12,676 have perished from related causes.
The statewide average of COVID-19 spot positivity testing stood at 2.6 percent June 11; in South Jersey, it’s more than double that, at 5.25 percent. 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 a patient actively has the virus.
Rt, or the estimated rate of transmission of new cases of the virus, was 0.65 on June 13. Those figures indicate that every person infected with COVID-19 is infecting less than one other person, on average, which means the number of new cases continues to decline.
According to the state health dashboard, on June 15, Camden County was tied with Passaic County for fifth in new cases of COVID-19, with 18.
Of 7,389 reported local COVID-19 cases, 1,732 (23 percent) have originated in a Camden County LTC facility: 1,269 are residents and 463 are staff.
LTCs are believed to be associated with 70 percent, or 285 of the 410 total deaths in Camden County; 282 were residents and three were staff.
“Around the country there are growing concerns regarding rising case totals and the beginning of a new wave of viral spread,” Cappelli said in a written statement Monday.
“The truth is that until we have a reliable treatment or an effective vaccine, we will likely continue to see increases and decreases in viral activity to varying degrees,” he said.
“The only way to truly protect yourself and others is to continue social distancing, wear a mask in public, stay home when you are sick, and practice good hand hygiene,” Cappelli said.
The deceased are:
- an Audubon woman in her 70s
- a Bellmawr man in his 80s
- four Camden City men, one each in his 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s; and two women, one each in her 50s and 70s
- nine Cherry Hill women, three each in their 80s and 90s, two in their 70s and one in her 100s; and five men, two each in their 70s and 80s and one in his 60s
- four Collingswood women, three in their 90s and one in her 100s; and two men in their 90s
- two Gloucester City men, one each in his 40s and 70s; and a woman in her 60s
- four Gloucester Township women, two in their 80s and one each in her 70s and 90s; and three men, one each in his 60s, 80s, and 90s
- a Magnolia man in his 80s
- a Merchantville man in his 60s and woman in her 70s
- three Pennsauken men, one each in his 50s, 60s, and 80s; and a woman in her 60s
- a Stratford man in his 80s
- seven Voorhees men, three each in their 80s and 90s, and one in his 70s; and three women, one each in her 70s, 80s, and 90s
- a Waterford Township man in his 60s
- a Winslow Township man in his 80s
The newest local cases are:
- two Bellmawr women, one each in her 70s and 80s; and a man in his 30s
- 15 Camden City women, six in their 20s, three in their 30s, two in their 40s, a teenage girl, and one each in her 50s, 60s, and 80s; and 15 men, three each in their 20s, 40s, and 50s, two each in their 30s and 60s, a teenage boy and one in his 70s
- seven Cherry Hill men, two each in their 50s and 60s, one each in his 70s and 80s and one of unknown age; and six women, four in their 80s and one each in her 30s and 90s
- a Collingswood woman in her 40s and man in his 60s
- a Gibbsboro man in his 70s
- a Gloucester City man in his 40s
- 14 Gloucester Township women, seven in their 80s, three in their 70s, a young girl, and one each in her 20s, 30s, and 60s; and seven men, three each in their 70s and 80s and one in his 40s
- a Lawnside man in his 60s
- eight Lindenwold women, three in their 20s, a young girl, a teenage girl, and one each in her 40s, 50s, and 60s; and two men in their 50s
- a Mount Ephraim woman in her 70s
- five Pennsauken women, one each in her 30s, 40s, 60s, 70s, and 80s; and two men, one each in his 20s and 40s
- a Pine Hill woman in her 20s and man in his 30s
The Camden County and New Jersey Health Departments are working to facilitate trace investigations into all cases.
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