Critical-care cases and ventilator usage have fallen to lows unseen in more than a month. New cases continue to climb in South Jersey.
By Matt Skoufalos | May 10, 2020
Another 1,503 New Jersey residents have tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the statewide total to 138,532 cases, Governor Phil Murphy reported Sunday.
Sadly, 140 more New Jerseyans perished from complications related to the virus, bringing the statewide death toll to 9,255 lives lost during the pandemic.
In a majority of counties, COVID-19 cases are doubling at least every 30 days; in Camden County, cases are doubling about every 24 days.
Throughout New Jersey, 4,308 people are hospitalized with a case of COVID-19, or while awaiting confirmation of their symptoms. Of those 4,308 patients, 1,338 are in intensive or critical care, and 994 (74 percent) are on ventilators—the lowest reported numbers for each in more than a month.
In the past 24 hours, 71 New Jersey hospitals discharged 439 COVID-19 patients, either to a lower-acuity care setting or to their homes.
Across New Jersey, 515 long-term care (LTC) centers have reported at least one case of COVID-19, and account for 26,237 infected people statewide (19 percent) and 4,855 deaths (52 percent).
Of 673 veterans residing in a state-run home, 362 residents have tested positive for the virus, and 129 have died from complications related to the virus. At state-run psychiatric facilities, 177 of 1,250 patients have tested positive for COVID-19 and 12 people have died from complications related to the virus.
Thirty-four patients are presently receiving care at one of the state’s field medical stations, which have served 425 people in total.
COVID-19 continues to spread throughout South Jersey, where Camden County ranks fifth in the state in new cases, with 115, according to the statewide dashboard.
The county government announced 94 new cases Sunday, bringing the local total to 4,179 cases and 218 related fatalities.
Of those 4,179 local COVID-19 cases, 1,057 have originated in a Camden County long-term care (LTC) facility, or 25 percent.
LTCs are believed to be associated with 172 of 218 total local deaths, or 79 percent.
About half the 56 LTCs in Camden County (27) have experienced at least one case of COVID-19.
“On this very unusual Mother’s Day, I hope that families throughout Camden County have found safe, responsible ways to celebrate and show their loved ones how much they are valued,” said Camden County Freeholder-Director Lou Cappelli in a statement.
“Our community has done an incredible job thus far at adhering to the governor’s orders and working to keep one another safe,” Cappelli said.
“Especially on days like today, when we typically gather with older, more vulnerable family members, please continue to take this threat seriously, and gather virtually or via other methods that allow you to maintain appropriate social distance,” he said.
The newest local cases are:
- a Bellmawr woman in her 70s
- two Berlin women, one each in her 50s and 60s
- two Brooklawn men, one each in his 30s and 40s; and a woman in her 40s
- 10 Camden City women, three in their 20s, two each in their 30s and 70s, one each in her 50s and 60s, and a teenaged girl; and seven men, three in their 30s, two in their 40s, one in his 20s, and a teenage boy
- seven Cherry Hill Township women, two each in their 60s and 80s, and one each in her 20s, 50s, and 70s; and four men, two in their 80s, and one each in his 20s and 70s
- a Chesilhurst woman in her 60s
- a Clementon woman in her 30s
- a Collingswood man in his 40s
- two Gloucester City women, one each in her 50s and 80s
- eight Gloucester Township women, two each in their 20s and 30s, and one each in her 40s, 50s, 70s, and 80s; and two men, one each in his 20s and 50s
- a Laurel Springs woman in her 20s
- four Lindenwold men, two in their 60s, one in his 20s, and a teenaged boy
- a Magnolia man in his 30s
- a Merchantville woman in her 60s
- a Mount Ephraim woman in her 30s
- three Pennsauken Township men, one each in his 20s, 30s, and 40s; and two women, one each in her 80s and 90s
- a Pine Hill Borough woman in her 70s
- four Runnemede men, three in their 50s, and one in his 60s; and two women, one each in her 20s and 50s
- five Voorhees Township women, three in their 80s, and two in their 90s; and four men, one each in his 50s, 60s, 70s, and 90s
- a Waterford Township man in his 60s
- 10 Winslow Township men, five in their 40s, two each in their 20s and 60s, and one in his 50s; and five women, two in their 20s, and one each in her 40s, 60s, and 70s
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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