The county announced 99 new COVID-19 cases as the local death toll hit 262 lives lost.
By Matt Skoufalos | May 16, 2020
Another 99 Camden County residents have been sickened by novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Camden County government reported Saturday, bringing the local caseload to 5,541 patients.
Throughout New Jersey, 145,089 people have been sickened by COVID-19 and 10,249 have perished from related causes.
Four of them were Camden County residents, as the local death toll climbed to 262 fatalities.
The deceased are all Cherry Hill residents; two women, one each in her 60s and 80s, and two men, one each in his 70s and 80s.
COVID-19 cases are doubling at least every 30 days throughout most of New Jersey, including Camden County. The statewide average of spot positivity testing is at 22 percent as of May 12, and per capita regional hospitalizations are converging at comparable levels across North, Central, and South Jersey.
According to the state health dashboard, however, Camden County leads the state in new cases of COVID-19, with 127 logged May 16.
Of 5,541 local COVID-19 cases, 1,183 have originated in a Camden County long-term care (LTC) facility, or 21 percent.
LTCs are believed to be associated with 196 of 262 total local deaths, or 75 percent. About half of the 56 LTCs in Camden County (27) have experienced at least one case of COVID-19.
“As we enter the next phase of this pandemic, please remember to continue taking the threat posed by this virus extremely seriously,” said Camden County Freeholder-Director Lou Cappelli in a statement.
“While we have made incredible progress thus far, the ability of this deadly disease to spread rapidly through our community has not changed,” Cappelli said. “Even as some restrictions are relaxed, continue to be vigilant, stay home if you are sick, and avoid unnecessary contact with others.”
The newest local cases are:
- a Bellmawr woman in her 60s
- a Berlin Township man in his 20s, and woman in her 50s
- 16 Camden City women, five in their 20s, three each in their 40s and 50s, two in their 80s, one each in her 30s and 60s, and a teenaged girl; and 13 men, three each in their 20s and 30s, two in their 40s, one each in his 50s and 60s, two teenage boys, and a man of unknown age
- seven Cherry Hill Township men, two each in their 70s and 80s, and one each in his 30s, 40s, and 60s; and four women, two in their 80s and one each in her 60s and 70s
- a Chesilhurst teenaged girl
- a Clementon woman in her 20s
- a Gloucester City man in his 40s
- five Gloucester Township men, two in their 80s and one each in his 20s, 40s, and 70s; and three women, two in their 80s and one in her 70s
- a Haddonfield woman in her 20s, and man in his 40s
- seven Lindenwold men, three each in their 20s and 40s, and one in his 30s; and six women, three in their 30s, two in their 20s, and one in her 40s
- an Oaklyn woman in her 20s
- four Pennsauken Township men, two in their 30s, and one each in his 20s and 40s; and four women, two in their 40s, and one each in her 20s and 60s
- two Runnemede men, one each in his 30s and 40s
- two Somerdale men in their 60s
- two Stratford women, one each in her 30s and 70s
- five Voorhees Township women, two each in their 70s and 80s, and one in her 40s; and two men, one each in his 30s and 60s
- five Winslow Township men, two in their 40s and one each in his 30s, 50s, and 80s; and three women, one each in her 20s, 40s, and 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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