CAMDEN, NJ — Although not an exacting trajectory, Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli reported one additional death and 38 more positive coronavirus results in Camden County on Friday — the lowest daily total since March 30.
"I am sure the number will be higher tomorrow, and in days to come, but this gives us hope and optimism," Cappelli tweeted this afternoon.
Camden County has confirmed 2,470 cases and a total of 98 deaths. The latest individual to die of complications linked to COVID-19 was a woman in her 90s from Cherry Hill.
"Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who have lost a loved one and those who are recovering from this insidious disease,” Cappelli said in a statement.
He attributed the drop, "to the people of this county who have adapted and resolved themselves to do whatever they can in order to stop the spread of coronavirus, save lives, and protect our front line personnel."
Long-term care facilities have reported 455 of the total cases and 76 deaths.
In a statement this evening, Cappelli said that the county conferenced with most of the 56 facilities in the area about their needs - later saying that the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has delivered more than 100,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPEs).
"[One of the] challenges these operations are facing based on our initial inspections is staffing," he said. "The county will be investigating the opportunity to close the gap through our one-stop and work force investment board."
As of Friday, the State Department of Health has commissioned Cooper University Healthcare to conduct testing of all patients and staff within South Jersey long term facilities.
The county expects at least three Camden County operations to be the first to receive said testing.
"We are horrified by the loss of life that has occurred in these institutions and will be working with them to confront the spread of the virus head on," Cappelli said.
New cases are outlined below:
New Patient 1: FEMALE, 50s, STRATFORD BOROUGH
New Patient 2: FEMALE, 50s, AUDUBON BOROUGH
New Patient 3: FEMALE, 40s, PINE HILL BOROUGH
New Patient 4: MALE, 50s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP
New Patient 5: FEMALE, 50s, LAWNSIDE BOROUGH
New Patient 6: MALE, 60s, LAWNSIDE BOROUGH
New Patient 7: FEMALE, 20s, LINDENWOLD BOROUGH
New Patient 8: MALE, 60s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP
New Patient 9: MALE, 90s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP
New Patient 10: FEMALE, 80s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP
New Patient 11: FEMALE, 50s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP
New Patient 12: FEMALE, 20s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP
New Patient 13: FEMALE, 70s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP
New Patient 14: MALE, 80s, BERLIN BOROUGH
New Patient 15: MALE, 90s, VOORHEES TOWNSHIP
New Patient 16: FEMALE, 70s, BERLIN BOROUGH
New Patient 17: FEMALE, 80s, VOORHEES TOWNSHIP
New Patient 18: FEMALE, 80s, VOORHEES TOWNSHIP
New Patient 19: MALE, 50s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP
New Patient 20: MALE, 40s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP
New Patient 21: FEMALE, 30s, CAMDEN CITY
New Patient 22: FEMALE, 50s, CAMDEN CITY
New Patient 23: FEMALE, 60s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP
New Patient 24: FEMALE, 70s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP
New Patient 25: MALE, 20s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP
New Patient 26: FEMALE, 50s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP
New Patient 27: FEMALE, 60s, WOODLYNNE BOROUGH
New Patient 28: FEMALE, 20s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP
New Patient 29: MALE, 20s, HADDON TOWNSHIP
New Patient 30: MALE, 40s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP
New Patient 31: MALE, 20s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP
New Patient 32: FEMALE, 20s, LINDENWOLD BOROUGH
New Patient 33: FEMALE, 70s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP
New Patient 34: FEMALE, 70s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP
New Patient 35: MALE, 50s, HADDONFIELD BOROUGH
New Patient 36: FEMALE, 20s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP
New Patient 37: FEMALE, 70s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP
New Patient 38: FEMALE, 30s, BELLMAWR BOROUGH