CAMDEN, NJ — Camden City, which has been at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Camden County, passed 3,000 coronavirus cases over the weekend.
The municipality, which officials have said suffers disproportionate numbers in part due to its density, now totals 3,026 cases and 87 deaths. Camden currently surpasses the runner-up, Cherry Hill, by 1,467 cases - despite the latter accounting for 68 more deaths.
Camden County's high case number was referenced by Gov. Phil Murphy during his Monday press briefing. The county, which has had 11,691 cases and 562 deaths since the outbreak started, leads New Jersey in school-related cases with 11 (out of 83). Of the state's 22 total school outbreaks, two trace back to Camden County.
Kyle Sullender, a county spokesman, told TAPinto Camden, "Whenever there is an outbreak, the county health department works in concert with the school district to contact trace and isolate individuals who may have had contact with the person testing positive to prevent additional spread. The health department also provides guidance regarding cleaning procedures and, with input from the state, whether remote learning should be instituted."
The specific municipalities wherein the cases have taken place was not disclosed. When asked whether the school cases are a concern for the local health department, Sullender said the rise as a whole is of note.
"Indoor settings are particularly challenging," he added. "Anytime you have people congregating for prolonged periods indoors and in close proximity to one another, the risk of transmission increases."
Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli attributed the weekend's additional 224 cases and the latest surge as a whole to small indoor gatherings and sports.
"I know that it is hard to be away from family and friends, especially during trying times, but the only way to protect your loved ones and your community is to limit these gatherings as much as possible," Cappelli said. "When you’re in public, wear a mask, social distance, and work with our contact tracers if they call.”
More information on the new cases is available here.