CAMDEN, NJ — Figures surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak in Camden County continue to change in both inspiring and heart-wrenching ways. 

On Thursday afternoon — with county updates starting to come in earlier than a month prior — the health department announced 113 more coronavirus cases and eight deaths.

The county's caseload stands at 5,364 with 249 known fatalities linked to the virus. 

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Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli called Gov. Phil Murphy's earlier announcement that beaches would be open statewide in time for Memorial Day weekend, "welcome news."

"We are extremely encouraged that the governor and his administration believe these steps to be safe and practical as they take on coronavirus with a science- and data-driven approach. I cannot stress enough that these relaxations will only be successful if we enjoy them while being conscious of the risk that this virus still poses," said Cappelli. "Please continue to distance yourself from others, wear a face cover or mask, and wash your hands frequently. We are not out of the woods yet, but we can continue making progress if we handle these new opportunities responsibly.”

Since March 18 — around the time the pandemic first began to take a hold on the region — Camden County has delivered more than 90,000 meals to seniors, officials announced Thursday.

"We will not let the coronavirus pandemic create a hunger crisis in Camden County,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young. “Our team is continuing to add new clients and make deliveries to those in need. If you are a Camden County resident in need of meal assistance during this pandemic, you will not be abandoned.

Between just May 5 and May 13, over 19,000 meals were delivered in the county.

Anyone seeking assistance with meals can call (856) 374-MEAL or (856) 858-3220 to make the necessary arrangements.

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