CAMDEN, NJ — Camden and its neighboring township Pennsuaken account for 18 of Camden County's new 45 cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), officials said Friday.

No new deaths were announced. 

The aggregate totals are currently 9,097 known cases and 549 deaths.  

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Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli lauded residents for "an incredible job" in following state and local safety guidelines. 

"We have seen relatively steady case totals this week, and our seven-day average has fallen back into the low 30s," Cappelli said. "We will be continuing this fight for at least another several months, but the commitment of our residents to wear masks and social distance will undoubtedly help us to avoid the worst possible outcomes.”

While alluding to a Centers for Disease (CDC) alert issued this week, county officials warned against a peak of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), defined as "an uncommon but serious neurologic condition that affects mostly children."

Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez urged parents to seek treatment as soon as possible if a child is experiencing any of the following symptoms. 

“We want to reassure parents that our community’s hospitals have remained secure throughout the pandemic, and that no one should delay care for themselves or their children out of fear that their local health care facility will be unsafe,” said Rodriguez, who also served as the liaison to the Department of Health. “Little is known about what causes this rare disease, but regular disease prevention steps like hand washing and avoiding others who appear sick are easy ways to protect yourself and your children.”

Cappellli will provide more COVID-19 updates during a virtual press conference Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. To submit questions ahead of time click here.

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