CAMDEN, NJ — Of the more than 780 people who have contracted COVID-19 in Camden County, roughly 700 have made full recoveries from the virus, Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli said in a Tweet on Tuesday.
Cappelli and other health officials continue to enforce the state's "Stay at Home Order" as case numbers continue to rise county and statewide.
Ninety-seven additional positive cases were announced Tuesday in the county. In addition, 50 people remain hospitalized and five additional deaths were reported — including a man in his 50s from the city of Camden.
"Please keep their loved ones in your thoughts and prayers," said Cappelli. "That brings our number to 23 poor souls who have lost their lives to COVID-19."
Of the cases so far, Cherry Hill comprises the most with 143 followed by the city of Camden with 100. Gloucester Township has 95 cases, Winslow Township has 80, Penssauken has 72, Voorhees Township has 67 and the remainder of the municipalities have 29 or less.
Today, World Health Day, Cappelli joined other officials in the nation in honoring healthcare workers.
"[They] are putting their lives in danger every day in service of others," he said. "Treating the sick and risking their own health in pursuit of a better future for all."
As of 8 p.m. today, per an executive order signed by Gov. Phil Murphy the state has ordered all county and state parks to close indefinitely.
The closure includes all parking lots, grounds, facilities, trails, and playgrounds.
“Just as the governor mentioned today, we have received reports throughout the county of groups of people violating gathering restrictions while visiting parks and recreational areas to enjoy the start of spring,” said Freeholder Jeffrey Nash, liaison to the Parks Department. “Just because you are outside does not mean that you can stop social distancing, congregate in groups, or ignore other crucial guidance. In order to protect yourself and your family, you need to stay home."
With Holy Week on the horizon, Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez also emphasized the continued importance of social distancing to save lives.
“With Holy Week upon us, and as we draw near to several springtime religious holidays for varying faiths, the Freeholder Board wants to remind Camden County residents to celebrate responsibly amidst the coronavirus pandemic," Rodriguez said. "This year will be about an inward reflection for congregants and parishioners and not a public profession of faith for anyone who is observing the holidays."
Below are the details available on the additional deaths announced in the county today:
Case 1: Male, 70s, Cherry Hill
Case 2: Female, 60s, Gloucester Township
Case 3: Male, 80s, Gloucester City
Case 4: Male, 90s, Cherry Hill
Case 5: Male 50s, Camden City
"The county Health Department is currently working with the NJDOH to trace close contacts of [the 97] newest cases," the county said in an announcement. "The investigations are still ongoing, and we will update the public with new developments as the information is gathered by our investigators."