A Collingswood man in his 80s was the latest reported local casualty of a pandemic that has claimed 559 lives and infected nearly 11,000 people in Camden County.
By Matt Skoufalos | October 6, 2020
Another Camden County resident has lost his battle with novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and 15 others have tested positive for the virus, according to reports from the county government.
The most recently deceased is an 80 year old man from Collingswood.
That brings the local impact of the pandemic to 10,916 infected residents and 559 related deaths.
“As we reach a precarious point in this pandemic, we have to redouble our efforts to stop the spread of this virus,” said Camden County Freeholder-Director Lou Cappelli in a written statement Monday.
“We cannot afford to see daily case totals return to where they were in the spring,” he went on. “To keep that from happening, please continue to wear masks, social distance, and work with the Camden County’s contact tracing team when they call.”
Throughout New Jersey, 209,342 people have been sickened by COVID-19, and 14,360 have perished from causes related to the virus. In addition to those lab-confirmed fatalities, the state also recognizes another 1,787 probable COVID-19-related deaths.
LTC cases and deaths
Long-term care (LTC) fatalities account for half of all deaths in the state and almost one-fifth of those infected, and new cases continue to occur there.
Of 10,916 reported local COVID-19 cases, 2,058 (19 percent) have originated in a Camden County LTC facility: 1,451 are residents and 607 are staff.
LTCs are believed to be associated with 59 percent, or 330 of the 559 total deaths in Camden County; 327 were residents and three were staff.
At this time, more than two-thirds of the 56 LTCs in Camden County (43) have experienced at least one case of COVID-19.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard, on October 6, Camden County was ninth in the state in new COVID-19 cases, with 28.
The newest local cases (15) are:
- a Berlin Borough woman in her 50s
- a Camden City woman in her 50s, and man in his 60s
- three Cherry Hill men, one each in his 20s, 30s, and 40s; a teenaged girl, and a woman in her 60s
- a Collingswood man in his 30s
- a Gibbsboro teenaged boy
- two Gloucester Township women in their 60s
- a Lindenwold man in his 40s
- a Stratford woman in her 70s
- a Voorhees woman in her 90s
The Camden County and New Jersey Health Department are working to facilitate trace investigations into all cases.
Read our ongoing round-up of COVID-19 coverage here.
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