CAMDEN, NJ — A backlog of 897 coronavirus cases — the result of what officials called "a variety of reporting traps" — was added to Camden County's total caseload Wednesday.

These previously unreported cases, which harken back to late April, push the county's total number to 5,251.

“We have gone through a variety of challenges in getting our numbers throughout this pandemic," said Camden County Health Officer, Dr. Paschal Nwako. "This process was time consuming and warranted, so we could confirm the proper case count that reflects the state’s numbers and harmonizes our metrics with our counterparts at the state.”

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County spokesman Kyle Sullender told TAPinto Camden that the county feels better equipped to avoid future reporting pitfalls and works to provide accurate numbers in a timely fashion.

The county outlined the many reasons for the backlog: new labs creating challenges in reporting, cases labeled in different jurisdictions, "hundreds of cases" from multiple unit dwellings and naming the same address without identifying an apartment number, and individuals getting tested multiple times.

The state reporting system was not made for the volume of information it has had to consistently needed to process, the county said in an announcement Wednesday evening.

Earlier in the day the county had reported a new death toll and caseload as well.

“Moving forward, we will continue to update residents on a daily basis on what the labs and the state are providing us and continue to ensure the most accurate information can be found on our website throughout this pandemic," Nwako said.

Below is an outline of the reconciled cases added Wednesday for Camden County per municipality:

Municipality

 

Reconciled Cases

 

5/13/2020 Cases

 

Reconciled Case Total

 

Audubon

 

6

 

36

 

42

 

Audubon Park

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

Barrington

 

4

 

29

 

33

 

Bellmawr

 

19

 

71

 

90

 

Berlin Boro

 

8

 

32

 

40

 

Berlin Twp.

 

4

 

16

 

20

 

Brooklawn

 

2

 

17

 

19

 

Camden

 

299

 

1247

 

1546

 

Cherry Hill

 

106

 

625

 

731

 

Chesilhurst

 

5

 

16

 

21

 

Clementon

 

6

 

43

 

49

 

Collingswood

 

9

 

50

 

59

 

Gibbsboro

 

2

 

4

 

6

 

Gloucester City

 

15

 

61

 

76

 

Gloucester Twp.

 

64

 

370

 

434

 

Haddon Heights

 

4

 

16

 

20

 

Haddon Twp.

 

11

 

59

 

70

 

Haddonfield

 

7

 

29

 

36

 

Hi-Nella

 

0

 

3

 

3

 

Laurel Springs

 

1

 

12

 

13

 

Lawnside

 

5

 

23

 

28

 

Lindenwold

 

65

 

221

 

286

 

Magnolia

 

1

 

17

 

18

 

Merchantville

 

4

 

29

 

33

 

Mount Ephraim

 

1

 

14

 

15

 

Oaklyn

 

2

 

20

 

22

 

Pennsauken

 

71

 

400

 

471

 

Pine Hill

 

12

 

71

 

83

 

Pine Valley

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

Runnemede

 

11

 

47

 

58

 

Somerdale

 

7

 

33

 

40

 

Stratford

 

6

 

34

 

40

 

Tavistock

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

Voorhees Twp.

 

61

 

290

 

351

 

Waterford Twp.

 

9

 

32

 

41

 

Winslow Twp.

 

60

 

321

 

381

 

Woodlynne

 

9

 

57

 

66

 

Unknown

 

0

 

7

 

7

 

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