CAMDEN, NJ — Nearly three months to the day Camden County health officials announced the first positive case of COVID-19, the region reached 7,000 cases Friday.
Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli said on a more positive note that over 97 percent of these individuals are either in recovery or already in good health.
Today also marked the third consecutive day with no additional deaths.
"Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go in this fight, and the threat of COVID-19 will linger until we have a widely available and rigorously tested vaccine," said Cappelli. "To save lives and prevent others from getting sick, we must continue to social distance, wear a mask in public, and stay home if you are exhibiting any symptoms.”
The county's health department announced 56 additional cases today.
Due to a decrease in patients and more testing readily available for the public, the county announced the closure of a site in South Camden on Friday.
Long-term care facilities currently have 1,195 confirmed resident cases and 445 staff cases, as well as 257 of the 343 deaths.
On Thursday, the Camden County Division of Senior and Disabled Services said it has delivered over 142,000 meals to seniors since expanding its program March 18 due to COVID-19.
“Unfortunately, we continue to hear from new residents each week who are facing food insecurity and need our help to get through this crisis, but the Health Department continues to meet the demand and prevent this pandemic from causing a hunger crisis in Camden County,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young.
Almost 3,300 individual seniors have accessed nutritious meals, the county said, with over 25,000 having been provided just between May 26 and June 3.
“Every week that this initiative is underway I will continue to highlight the incredible men and women at the Department of Health, Parks, Buildings and Ops, and other county employees who have stepped up and made these deliveries every day," Young said. "Our residents can rest assured that this team is ready to support them, and they should contact us immediately if they are in need of nutrition assistance.”