CAMDEN, NJ — Camden County’s battle with COVID-19 has been largely shaped by partnerships. On Wednesday, as officials outlined the latest toll the coronavirus has taken locally, Camden County College (CCC) President Donald Borden says the health crisis has offered teachable moments for future emergencies.

Borden said he’s been encouraged by the collaboration he’s witnessed between K-12 educators, higher education leaders, government entities, healthcare providers, community groups and faith-based organizations. 

“I don't want to speak for everyone but I think we could all say that likely there will be a next something, whether it's a viral pandemic or a climate incident that leads to a crisis. My hope and my expectation is [that] as a result of what we've learned through this, we're all going to be better able to face that next emergency...because of the work that's being done,” Borden said this afternoon.

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Speaking from the university’s Blackwood campus — where the county at one point provided coronavirus screenings — Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli outlined an array of updates. The health department has confirmed 40 new COVID-19 cases (10,270 total) but zero deaths (569 total). 

The average age of new people becoming infected is 25, and the county is averaging roughly 25 new cases each day.

“America has never faced a large-scale, prolonged crisis like this in our lifetimes. It is going to take the action of every single member of our community to fight this virus,” said Cappelli. “Today, the director of the Centers for Disease Control said that universe mask use could be more effective than a vaccine in helping us get back to normal.”

Shifting topics to education, Executive County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lovell Pugh-Bassett, says the first weeks of school have mainly focused on adjusting to the new norms. 

“School districts are still working out the regular day-to-day kinks of opening schools,” Pugh-Bassett said. “So dealing with issues around technology accessibility, dealing with issues of staffing, making sure that there's coverage for classes, busing for those districts that are still working in a hybrid environment [and] the provision of services for those students who have disabilities or maybe who are English language learners.” 

When asked by Cappelli about preparedness and the improvements of virtual teaching methods, she said, “We haven't had that type of micro-level check in. At this point right, we're really just trying to make sure that we're providing framework support for school districts to make sure that they have the things that they need for just day-to-day operations… I can tell you that districts have shifted the focus on knowing how to use the technology and the platform, to really figuring out how to translate the content online.”

A breakdown of the new cases is available below:

New Patient 1:

 

FEMALE,

 

20s,

 

BARRINGTON BOROUGH

 

New Patient 2:

 

MALE,

 

10s,

 

BERLIN BOROUGH

 

New Patient 3:

 

MALE,

 

30s,

 

CAMDEN CITY

 

New Patient 4:

 

MALE,

 

50s,

 

CAMDEN CITY

 

New Patient 5:

 

FEMALE,

 

10s,

 

CAMDEN CITY

 

New Patient 6:

 

FEMALE,

 

40s,

 

CAMDEN CITY

 

New Patient 7:

 

FEMALE,

 

20s,

 

CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 8:

 

MALE,

 

10s,

 

CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 9:

 

FEMALE,

 

10s,

 

CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 10:

 

FEMALE,

 

30s,

 

CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 11:

 

FEMALE,

 

30s,

 

CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 12:

 

FEMALE,

 

20s,

 

CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 13:

 

FEMALE,

 

50s,

 

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 14:

 

MALE,

 

60s,

 

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 15:

 

FEMALE,

 

50s,

 

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 16:

 

FEMALE,

 

10s,

 

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 17:

 

MALE,

 

10s,

 

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 18:

 

FEMALE,

 

70s,

 

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 19:

 

FEMALE,

 

40s,

 

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 20:

 

MALE,

 

60s,

 

HADDON HEIGHTS BOROUGH

 

New Patient 21:

 

MALE,

 

10s,

 

HADDON HEIGHTS BOROUGH

 

New Patient 22:

 

MALE,

 

40s,

 

LAWNSIDE BOROUGH

 

New Patient 23:

 

FEMALE,

 

40s,

 

LINDENWOLD BOROUGH

 

New Patient 24:

 

FEMALE,

 

60s,

 

MAGNOLIA BOROUGH

 

New Patient 25:

 

MALE,

 

JUVENILE,

 

MAGNOLIA BOROUGH

 

New Patient 26:

 

FEMALE,

 

30s,

 

MAGNOLIA BOROUGH

 

New Patient 27:

 

MALE,

 

40s,

 

MERCHANTVILLE BOROUGH

 

New Patient 28:

 

FEMALE,

 

30s,

 

PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 29:

 

FEMALE,

 

20s,

 

PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 30:

 

FEMALE,

 

60s,

 

PINE HILL BOROUGH

 

New Patient 31:

 

FEMALE,

 

20s,

 

SOMERDALE BOROUGH

 

New Patient 32:

 

FEMALE,

 

20s,

 

STRATFORD BOROUGH

 

New Patient 33:

 

MALE,

 

10s,

 

VOORHEES TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 34:

 

FEMALE,

 

40s,

 

VOORHEES TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 35:

 

MALE,

 

60s,

 

VOORHEES TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 36:

 

MALE,

 

70s,

 

VOORHEES TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 37:

 

FEMALE,

 

70s,

 

VOORHEES TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 38:

 

MALE,

 

30s,

 

VOORHEES TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 39:

 

FEMALE,

 

20s,

 

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP

 

New Patient 40:

 

MALE,

 

50s,

 

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP

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