Locally, 549 Camden County residents have now perished from COVID-19-related complications, and 9,010 people have been sickened by the virus—46 more this week alone.
By Matt Skoufalos | August 5, 2020
Another 46 Camden County residents have been infected with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) this week, and three others have lost their lives to the pandemic, according to data from the Camden County government.
All told, 9,010 local people have been sickened by the virus, and 549 have perished from related complications.
The newly deceased are a Camden City man in his 80s, and two men from Cherry Hill, one each in his 50s and 80s.
As the tally of locals infected by the virus crossed the 9,000-person mark, Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli addressed the increased rate of younger people becoming sick.
“The average age of newly infected persons reported today is someone in their 30s,” Cappelli said in a statement on Wednesday.
“We need our younger residents to help us protect our community by taking the necessary actions to stop the spread of coronavirus: wear a mask, social distance, and work with our contact tracers,” he said.
“As the virus circulates among young people, it will inevitably jump to their older family members, friends, and neighbors who are more vulnerable,” Cappelli said. “I know these sacrifices aren’t easy, but they are necessary if we are going to get through this without losing more lives.”
In addition to those lab-confirmed fatalities, the state also recognizes another 1,853 probable COVID-19-related deaths, down 22 from the previously reported 1,875.
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, 9,010 reported local COVID-19 cases, 1,856 (21 percent) have originated in a Camden County LTC facility: 1,340 are residents and 516 are staff.
LTCs are believed to be associated with 58 percent, or 314 of the 549 total deaths in Camden County; 311 were residents and three were staff.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard, on August 5, Camden County was first in the state in new COVID-19 cases, with 41.
The newest local cases (46) are:
- an Audubon woman in her 50s
- a Bellmawr woman in her 40s
- a Berlin Township woman in her 60s
- four Camden City women, two in their 30s, one each in her 20s and 60s, and a teenaged girl; a man in his 70s, and one of unknown age
- five Cherry Hill men, two in their 20s, one each in his 30s, 40s, and 70s, and a teenaged boy; and three women, one each in her 20s, 30s, and 40s
- two Clementon men in their 20s
- a Collingswood man and woman in their 20s
- four Gloucester Township women, one each in her 30s, 40s, 50s, and 70s; a young boy and a man in his 40s
- a Haddon Heights man in his 20s
- a Haddon Township man in his 50s
- a Lawnside man in his 60s
- a Lindenwold woman in her 20s
- a Mount Ephraim woman in her 60s
- four Pennsauken women, one each in her 20s, 30s, 40s, and 60s; and three men, one each in his 20s, 30s, and 80s
- a Pine Hill man in his 60s
- a Voorhees man in his 40s, and woman in her 70s
- a Waterford woman in her 50s, and man in his 60s
The Camden County and New Jersey Health Departments are working to facilitate trace investigations into all cases.
Please support NJ Pen with a subscription. Get e-mails, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or try our Direct Dispatch text alerts.