CAMDEN, NJ — Camden County residents were asked to treat Thanksgiving last week much different from year’s past. 

Adhering to social distancing. Wearing face masks. Keeping gatherings outdoors if possible. And not inviting members of the extended family.

On the precipice of December and all the holidays that come with it, Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli said much of the same sacrifices will have to be made as 2020 comes to a close.

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“I think the other important factor we all need to remember is stay home if you feel sick. If you have a headache, congestion, coughing, sore throat, body aches, fatigue or trouble breathing, any one of them alone is a good enough reason to stay home. If you are sick, we do not want you out. Some folks - from our contact tracers we've been learning - have had a symptom or two. They've gone to get tested, but they're going back to work or going to other places prior to getting the test results. That's something we absolutely want to discourage moving forward. We do have to take better control of our actions at this point,” Cappelli said during the county’s COVID-19 virtual update.

“We have more holidays coming up of course at the end of the month. I can't imagine the situation will be any different... we'll be asking for the same type of sacrifices that we asked for during Thanksgiving," he added.

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Cappelli was joined by Congressman Donald Norcross and Dr. Mark Condoluci, Infectious Disease Physician – Jefferson Health NJ.

There were nearly 2,000 new positive coronavirus cases in the county last week - a new high. An average of 295 cases are being reported per day with figures expected to rise, Cappelli said.

On Monday, the county health department announced 889 new cases from over the weekend (19,708) but not new deaths (607 total).

Of the new cases, 234 were traced back to Camden City, and 103 to Cherry Hill.

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Watch Monday’s press briefing below: