Camden County: Seven More COVID-19-Related Deaths, 6,007 Cases

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One-hundred-seven residents have tested positive for the virus, bringing the local case tally past the 6,000 mark and 294 lives lost. Seventy-one percent of all local deaths are associated with a long-term care facility.

By Matt Skoufalos | May 21, 2020

NJDOH COVID-19 Dashboard – 5-21-20. Credit: NJDOH.

Another 107 Camden County residents have been sickened by novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Camden County government reported Wednesday, bringing the local caseload to 6,007 patients.

Throughout New Jersey, 151,472 people have been sickened by COVID-19 and 10,843 have perished from related causes.

Seven of them were Camden County residents, as the local death toll climbed to 294 fatalities.

The deceased are:

  • an Audubon woman in her 70s
  • a Camden City man in his 70s
  • two Cherry Hill women, one each in her 80s and 90s
  • a Stratford man in his 60s
  • a Voorhees man and woman, both in their 90s

 

COVID-19 cases are doubling at least every 30 days throughout all of New Jersey save Cumberland County, which stands at a 20-day rate, and Hunterdon County, where cases are doubling every 23 days.

The statewide average of COVID-19 spot positivity testing has held at 18 percent since May 16. Per capita regional hospitalizations continue to trend along comparable levels across North, Central, and South Jersey.

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 the patient actively has the virus.

NJDOH COVID-19 Dashboard – 5-21-20. Credit: NJDOH.

According to the state health dashboard, Camden County is fourth among New Jersey counties in new cases of COVID-19, with 93 logged May 21.

Of 6,007 reported local COVID-19 cases, 1,279 (21 percent) have originated in a Camden County long-term care (LTC) facility: 985 are residents and 294 are staff.

LTCs are believed to be associated with 212 resident deaths and two staff deaths of the 294 total deaths in Camden County, or 71 percent.

About half of the 56 LTCs in Camden County (27) have experienced at least one case of COVID-19.

“We have seemingly reached a plateau in Camden County as it relates to our daily increase in cases, although our overall growth rate continues to fall,” said Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli in a statement.

“While this is progress, it signals just how quickly we could experience a spike if we move too fast to return to the old course of business,” Cappelli said.

“We must all continue to aggressively social distance, wear a mask in public, and eliminate as much unnecessary travel as possible to stop the spread of this virus and save lives,” he said.

The newest local cases are:

  • an Audubon woman in her 40s
  • a Berlin Township man in his 20s
  • a Brooklawn woman in her 50s
  • 30 Camden City women, eight in their 60s, seven in their 30s, five in their 20s, three each in their teens and their 50s, two in their 40s, one in her 90s, and a young girl; and 20 men, six in their 40s, four in their 50s, three in their 30s, two each in their teens, 20s, and 70s, and one in his 60s
  • two Cherry Hill men in their 60s and one in his 40s; and two women, one each in her 60s and 80s
  • two Clementon men, one each in his 20s and 30s; and two women, one each in her 20s and 30s
  • a Gloucester City man in his 20s and woman in her 30s
  • three Gloucester Township men, one each in his 20s, 50s, and 60s
  • a Haddon Heights man in his 60s
  • a teenaged boy from Haddon Township
  • a Haddonfield man in his 50s
  • a Laurel Springs man in his 50s
  • three Lindenwold women, one each in her 40s, 60s, and 70s; and one man in his 40s
  • two Merchantville men, one each in his 30s and 40s, and a young girl
  • a Mount Ephraim woman in her 50s
  • five Pennsauken men, two in their 80s, and one each in his 30s, 50s, and 60s; and two women, one each in her 40s and 50s
  • two Pine Hill women in their 20s and a man in his 80s
  • a Runnemede woman in her 20s and man in his 30s
  • a Stratford woman in her 70s and man in his 50s
  • four Voorhees women, two in their 80s and one each in her 60s and 90s; and three men, two in their 70s and one in his 40s
  • three Waterford Township men, one each in his 40s, 50s, and 60s
  • three Winslow men, two in their 40s and one in his 80s; and a woman in her 40s

 

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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