CAMDEN, NJ — The city of Camden will gather virtually Thursday to discuss the latest on COVID-19's impact locally, as Camden County nears 3,000 positive cases.

As of Wednesday, 127 deaths have been reported in the county. The latest two: a man in his 70s from Camden city and a man in his 60s from Clementon.

The county said it was unable to provide new case numbers Wednesday due to a software malfunction it plans to rectify for tomorrow. 

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“It will never get easier to make these announcements. Today, two more souls were lost to this insidious virus in our community. We are sending our sincerest condolences to all of the families impacted by this pandemic,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli.

He noted that the "virus is so deadly to our elderly” — as of now accounting for 107 of the total county deaths.  Camden City is currently hovering around 800 of the confirmed cases — far more than any other municipality countywide.

"Our growth is just 3 percent and our doubling rate remains at 14 days. Both statistics are very encouraging," Cappelli said on Twitter this afternoon.

East Camden, where one of two new testing sites will open May 5, was identified by Cappelli as a "hot spot" for the virus Tuesday.

A second city site opened today at 2600 Mount Ephraim Avenue in South Camden at the Camden Division of Motor Vehicles parking lot. It will be run by Virtua Health. 

The virtual town hall Thursday will be held at 2 p.m.

In addition to Mayor Frank Moran and other city administrators, City Council President Curtis Jenkins, Superintendent Katrina McCombs, and Camden County Police Chief Joe Wysocki will be on hand.  

To join the meeting visit ci.camden.nj.us and click "Town Hall Meeting." The meeting ID number is "860 0039 5737 and the meeting password is "575151."

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