CAMDEN, NJ — At the height of the COVID-19 outbreak in Camden County, Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli said fears loomed that the region would follow in Bergen County's trajectory and, similarly, for Philadelphia to follow in New York City's footsteps. 

Although Camden County continues to report additional cases — at least 5,903 (84 more) as of Wednesday afternoon — the county have seen figures remain consistent with expectations they will slow down as well. 

“We hope to see numbers lowering continuously moving forward,” Cappelli said during a virtual press briefing today.

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Heading into Memorial Day weekend, the health department has confirmed at least 287 fatalities (7 more in the past 24 hours) linked to the virus — 200 of which trace back to long-term care facilities. 

"As we approach this weekend, typically marked with visits to the shore and trips with friends and family, I want to once again ask that everyone please continue to take this threat seriously," Cappelli added. "We know that there is a delay between our actions and when their impacts become visible in our case data. 

The freeholder director said although they have been more optimistic, for every 100 people that become infected between three and four typically die. 

"If we let our guard down now, we likely will not know the effect until June, and we will lose precious time in the intervening weeks as the virus potentially regains a foothold among us," he said. "We must continue to exercise social distancing and follow public health guidance in order to break the back of this virus and minimize the loss of life in our community.”

The following details are available on the additional deaths announced Wednesday:

Case 1:

 

FEMALE,

 

90s,

 

Voorhees

 

Case 2:

 

MALE,

 

50s,

 

Pennsauken

 

Case 3:

 

FEMALE,

 

100s,

 

Voorhees

 

Case 4:

 

FEMALE,

 

80s,

 

Voorhees

 

Case 5:

 

MALE,

 

70s,

 

Voorhees

 

Case 6:

 

MALE,

 

50s,

 

Voorhees

 

Case 7:

 

MALE,

 

90s,

 

Voorhees

 

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