CAMDEN, NJ — Camden County’s coronavirus caseload has shot up noticeably in the last two weeks, with three additional deaths and 54 new cases across 17 municipalities confirmed Thursday.

The county’s seven-day average has jumped to 58.1 (the highest in months), last week there was a 40% increase in cases compared to the previous week and over the weekend there were more cases than the county had since June.

“I’m not sharing these figures to cause any panic or alarm. I'm trying to illustrate to everyone listening how serious this is," said Freeholder Jonathan Young during the county's coronavirus press briefing out of Blackwood. "It's not [just about] Camden County and our numbers ticking up. It's about our surrounding neighbors as well…This is not like we've seen a couple of little spikes here and there in a couple of days. These are trends that we're seeing on a week's average, which are giving us some cause for pause.” 

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Camden City accounted for 14 of Thursday’s new cases, with the county now totaling 11,413.

The deaths originate from the following areas:

New Case 1:

MALE,

80s,

HADDON TOWNSHIP

New Case 2:

MALE,

60s,

WINSLOW

New Case 3:

FEMALE,

80s,

VOORHEES

“We are seeing spiking cases not only at home but across the country and other parts of the world,” said Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli. “Public health experts have linked the rise at least in part to the increasing number of small gatherings indoors. I know it is not easy to go without seeing friends and family for extended periods of time, but we have to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday said New Jersey has 973 more cases (216,994 total) and six new deaths (16,197, with 1,789 awaiting further confirmation.

“[There’s] only one way to get these numbers back down to where they were only a few weeks ago and that is by doing the basics — wearing a face mask, by social distancing, and washing your hands frequently with soap and water,” Murphy said at his press briefing. “As the weather cools, these numbers are not going to change themselves," he said. "Only we can change them.”

The state’s rate of transmission went slightly up to 1.16, above the 1.0 mark for almost six weeks. 

While masks are still recommended rather than mandated, Freeholder Young said the county would carry out enforcement efforts if the state required them.

Read more information on the county's latest cases here.

Watch Thursday's press conference below:

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