The announcement brings the local death toll to 464 lives lost and 7,793 sickened by the virus.
By Matt Skoufalos | July 1, 2020
Six more Camden County residents have died from complications related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and 39 others have been infected with the virus, the Camden County government announced Wednesday.
That brings the local death toll to 464 residents lost to the pandemic and 7,793 others sickened by the virus.
Throughout New Jersey, 171,928 people have been sickened by COVID-19, and 13,224 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) down slightly since yesterday
The statewide average of COVID-19 spot positivity testing stood at 2.29 percent June 27; in South Jersey, it’s slightly higher, at 2.71 percent.
Rt, or the estimated rate of transmission of new cases of the virus, was 0.82 percent on June 28, down slightly from day-ago readings of 0.88.
That figure indicates that every person infected with COVID-19 is infecting less than one other person, on average. However, it has continued to climb steadily from a low of 0.62 recorded on June 9.
“Only three counties have an Rt over 1, which means an increased rate of spread, where last week, there were eight,” Governor Murphy said in today’s briefing.
“Since last week, eight counties have cut their Rt by at least one-third, and four counties have cut their rate of transmission by at least half,” he said.
“When we get it below 1, we’ve got to keep it below 1.”
According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard, on July 1, Camden County led the state in new COVID-19 cases, with 55.
“This pandemic is not over, the threat has not been eradicated, and our mission has not been accomplished,” said Camden County Freeholder-Director Lou Cappelli in a statement.
“The United States is once again breaking its own records for new cases each day,” Cappelli said. “While New Jersey has been on a more positive trajectory, we must remember that this is because of our mitigation strategies, such as wearing masks and social distancing, not in spite of them.
“We have to adhere to these guidelines strictly if we are going to prevent further loss of life and sickness in our community,” he said.
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 7,754 reported local COVID-19 cases, 1,776 (23 percent) have originated in a Camden County LTC facility: 1,303 are residents and 473 are staff.
LTCs are believed to be associated with 66 percent, or 302 of the 458 total deaths in Camden County; 299 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.
The deceased are:
- a Bellmawr man in his 70s
- a Berlin woman in her 80s
- a Cherry Hill woman in her 80s
- a Gloucester Township man in his 80s and woman in her 90s
- a Voorhees man in his 70s
The newest local cases are:
- a Bellmawr woman in her 40s and a teenaged girl
- four Berlin Borough women, three in their 80s and one in her 70s; and a man in his 70s
- a Camden City woman in her 50s
- four Cherry Hill men, two in their 40s, a teenaged boy, and one in his 80s; and three women, two in their 30s and one in her 80s
- a Collingswood woman in her 40s
- three Gloucester Township women, a teenaged girl and one each in her 70s and 80s; and two men, one each in his 20s and 60s
- a Lawnside woman in her 20s
- a Lindenwold man in his 50s
- a Pennsauken woman in her 30s and a young girl; and a man in his 60s
- a Pine Hill man in his 50s
- a Runnemede man in his 40s
- a Stratford woman in her 40s
- a Voorhees man in his 60s
- three Waterford men, two in their 60s and one in his 50s; and a woman in her 60s
- three Winslow women, one each in her 20s, 70s, and 80s; and two men, one each in his 30s and 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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