Camden County Sets “Grim Milestones” in COVID-19 Pandemic: 500-Plus Related Deaths, 8,000-Plus Infections


Another 22 local residents have lost their battles with the virus, and 135 more tested positive for COVID-19 this week, bringing the local total to 501 related deaths and 8,089 people infected.

By Matt Skoufalos | July 10, 2020

NJDOH COVID-19 Dashboard – 7-10-20. Credit: NJDOH.

Another 22 Camden County residents have died from complications related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and 135 others have been infected with the virus this week, according to data from the Camden County government.

That brings the local death toll to 501 residents lost to the pandemic and 8,089 others sickened by the virus.

Throughout New Jersey, 174,628 people have been sickened by COVID-19, and 13,532 have perished from causes related to the virus; another 1,947 deaths have been deemed to be probably COVID-19-related as well.

The deceased are:

  • three Camden City women, one each in her 60s, 70s, and 90s
  • three Cherry Hill men, two in their 60s and one in his 70s; and three women, one each in her 70s, 80s, and 90s
  • four Gloucester Township women, two in their 70s, and one each in her 90s and 100s; and two men, one each in his 80s and 90s
  • a Pennsauken woman in her 60s, and man in his 70s
  • three Voorhees women, one each in her 70s, 80s, and 90s
  • a Winslow man in his 80s
  • a man in his 60s, town unknown


“The toll of this pandemic has been absolutely devastating,” Camden County Freeholder-Director Lou Cappelli said in a statement in which he called the new total “a grim milestone” for the region.

“Hundreds of families in our community have been torn apart by this virus, and news from around the country raises fears that we will continue to face additional loss of life in the weeks and months ahead,” Cappelli said.

“This fight has not been easy, and it is not getting easier, but we can win the war against this virus if we work together and individually take responsibility for the health and well-being of those around us,” he said.

Rate of transmission (Rt) retreats below 1.0, spot positivity highest in South Jersey

The statewide average of COVID-19 spot positivity testing stood at 2.23 percent July 6; in South Jersey, it’s almost double that, at 4.25 percent.

On July 6, Rt, or the rate of transmission of new COVID-19 cases, stood at 0.98, down from 1.10 only two days earlier. That means that each new COVID-19 patient is infecting less than one other person, which means the virus is retreating, on average.

Rt had been steadily increasing from a low of 0.62 recorded June 9.

Camden County OEM ships PPE to long-term care sites across the county. Credit: Rich Ratner.

LTC cases and deaths

Long-term care (LTC) facilities account for almost half of all deaths in the state and one-fifth of those infected, and new cases are still being discovered there.

Of 8,089 reported local COVID-19 cases, 1,813 (22 percent) have originated in a Camden County LTC facility: 1,321 are residents and 492 are staff.

LTCs are believed to be associated with 64 percent, or 306 of the 479 total deaths in Camden County; 303 were residents and three were staff.

More than half the 56 LTCs in Camden County (30) have experienced at least one case of COVID-19.

New cases

According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard, on July 10, Camden County was tied with Passaic County for fourth in the state in new COVID-19 cases, with 29.

The newest local cases this week (135) are:

  • an Audubon woman in her 40s
  • a Barrington woman in her 40s
  • a young boy from Berlin Township
  • 19 Camden City women, eight in their 30s, four in their 40s, two each in their 50s and 70s, a teenaged girl, and one each in her 20s and 60s; and 16 men, six in their 50s, four in their 30s, two in their 70s, a young boy, and one each in his 40s, 60s and 80s
  • 10 Cherry Hill men, two each in their 20s, 30s, and 70s, a teenaged boy, one each in his 60s and 80s, and one of unknown age; and eight women, four in their 80s, a teenaged girl, and one each in her 20s, 30s, and 50s
  • two Clementon women, one each in her 20s and 30s, and a young boy
  • three Collingswood men, two in their 20s and one in his 30s
  • four Gloucester City men, a teenaged boy and one each in his 30s, 50s, and 60s; and three women, one each in her 30s, 50s, and 80s
  • 10 Gloucester Township women, four in their 20s, three in their 30s, and one each in her 40s, 50s and 60s; and a man in his 40s
  • a Haddon Heights man in his 20s
  • a Haddon Township man in his 50s
  • four Lawnside women, two in their 70s, and one each in her 30s and 80s; and a man in his 60s
  • three Lindenwold women, two teenaged girls and a woman in her 20s; and two men in their 30s
  • a Magnolia man in his 50s
  • a young boy from Oaklyn
  • 13 Pennsauken women, three each in their 20s and 30s, two teenage girls, two in their 40s, and one each in her 50s, 70s, and 80s; and seven men, two each in their 20s, 30s and 60s, and one in his 50s
  • a Pine Hill woman in her 20s, and man in his 30s
  • a Somerdale woman in her 20s, and man in his 50s
  • four Voorhees women, two in their 80s, and one each in her 20s and 70s; and two men, one each in his 50s and 60s
  • six Waterford men, two each in their 20s and 60s, and one each in his 50s and 70s
  • four Winslow men, one each in his 50s, 60s, and 80s, and a teenaged boy; and a woman in her 60s


The Camden County and New Jersey Health Departments are working to facilitate trace investigations into all cases.

Read our ongoing round-up of COVID-19 coverage here.

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