To date, 7,624 residents have been sickened by the virus and 445 locals have died from related complications.
By Matt Skoufalos | June 25, 2020
Eight more Camden County residents have died from complications related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and 33 others have been sickened by the virus.
That brings the local total of residents sickened to 7,624 and the local death toll to 445, according to the Camden County government.
On Monday, officials said they’re bracing for additional new cases of the virus, as more businesses progress through Stage Two of reopening.
Throughout New Jersey, 170,196 people have been sickened by COVID-19, and 13,018 have perished from causes related to the virus; another 1,854 deaths have been deemed to be probably COVID-19 related as well.
Rate of transmission (Rt) still climbing steadily
The statewide average of COVID-19 spot positivity testing stood at 3.65 percent June 21; in South Jersey, it’s higher, at 5.39 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.
Officials are still tracking a steady climb in Rt, or the estimated rate of transmission of new cases of the virus, which was 0.88 percent on June 23.
That figure indicates that every person infected with COVID-19 is infecting less than one other person, on average. However, it’s increased continuously from a low of 0.62 recorded June 9.
Over the past week, Rt is up in 16 New Jersey counties, with six counties recording rates of transmission at least 50 percent greater than they had been last Wednesday, Murphy said, urging people to get tested at one of 150 locations throughout the state.
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.
According to the state health dashboard, on June 25, Camden County was tied with Passaic County for second in new cases of COVID-19, with 31.
Of 7,624 reported local COVID-19 cases, 1,775 (23 percent) have originated in a Camden County LTC facility: 1,300 are residents and 475 are staff.
LTCs are believed to be associated with 67 percent, or 298 of the 445 total deaths in Camden County; 295 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.
Officials also announced Wednesday that the Camden County College COVID-19 testing site in Gloucester Township will shut down permanently at 4 p.m. this Friday, June 26.
Residents can still get tested at 3101 Federal Street in Camden City, at Jefferson Health drive-through testing sites in Cherry Hill and Washington Township, and at select CVS and Rite-Aid pharmacy locations.
“Yesterday, the United States set a record high for new cases in a single day,” Camden County Freeholder-Director Lou Cappelli said in a statement.
“It is critical that we remember that this pandemic is not over just because we are experiencing a reprieve in New Jersey from what we faced in the spring,” Cappelli said.
“If we don’t wear masks and social distance, then we will find ourselves where other states are now finding themselves today,” he said.
“We must be committed to protecting one another as much as we are in protecting ourselves,” Cappelli said. “This collective action is the only way we stop the spread of coronavirus and save lives.”
The deceased are:
- a Camden City man in his 60s
- three Cherry Hill women, two in their 70s and one in her 90s; and three men, two in their 80s and one in his 70s
- a Winslow man in his 70s
The newest local cases are:
- an Audubon man in his 40s
- a Bellmawr man in his 70s
- five Camden City women, two in their 20s, and one each in her 30s, 50s, and 90s; and a man in his 50s
- five Cherry Hill women, two each in their 20s and 40s, and one in her 60s; and a man in his 80s
- a Collingswood man in his 60s
- a Gloucester City woman in her 40s
- seven Gloucester Township women, a young girl, a teenage girl, two in their 40s and one each in her 50s, 80s, and 90s
- a Haddon Heights man in his 20s
- three Lindenwold women, one each in her 20s, 40s, and 50s
- a Magnolia man in his 70s
- a Pennsauken woman in her 20s
- a Pine Hill woman in her 50s
- a Voorhees man in his 20s
- a Waterford woman in her 80s
- a Winslow 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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