CAMDEN, NJ — Thirty-three additional patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Camden County, making the current total 117 as of Friday evening, according to county officials.
At least one death has been confirmed in Camden County and in a Facebook video Friday, Mayor Frank Moran said the city of Camden has at least five positive cases.
“This is the largest single day increase in cases we have seen in Camden County to date, and it underscores the reality that we are only at the beginning of this crisis, and we need everyone to keep social distancing and keep staying at home as much as possible,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli. “We cannot be lulled into thinking that we can put a band-aid on this to make it go away. We have to be prepared for an extended fight. Preparation and a consistent response are how we break the back of this virus and win this war. I want to thank everyone who has been staying home and encourage everyone who hasn’t taken those recommendations seriously to do so immediately.”
The additional 33 cases are listed at the bottom of this article.
Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli announced in a press conference Friday that in New Jersey there are now at least 8,825 positive cases (1,900 new) and 108 deaths, as well as 16,547 negative tests.
“We’ve lost another 27 of our fellow New Jerseyans to COVID-19 related to complications,” Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday. “We mourn with these families and, indeed, with our entire state, every precious life lost.”
Resources for county veterans
Veterans in Camden County that are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms have a number of resources at their disposal, Cappelli announced this week.
County officials noted that the Veterans Health Administration has activated their Emergency Management Coordination Cell (EMCC) to allow veterans access to vital care during the pandemic.
Veterans are encouraged to first contact their provider.
In addition, “the county’s outpatient clinics and main medical center remain open and many appointments are being handled by telephone or video if possible,” Cappelli said.
Negative airflow beds and testing kits at Veterans Affairs Medical Centers are at the ready for any veterans experiencing symptoms.
Video appointments can be scheduled at www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/home.
All visitors must call or send a message through My HealthVet before going in.
Access to food
Since expanding efforts on March 18, the Camden County Division of Senior and Disabled Services has delivered nearly 9,000 meals to seniors in need during the COVID-19 outbreak — with more than 1,900 individual meals delivered just this past Wednesday.
“No Camden County senior will go hungry because they are unable to cook or afraid to go to the grocery store, we will not allow that to happen,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young. “Our team is making hundreds of individual deliveries a day to make sure that our seniors have the resources they need during this crisis. We have increased our storage capacity, and we are in constant contact with providers to make sure that there is a stock readily available if our numbers continue to increase.”
Seniors in need of meals delivered can call (856) 374-MEAL or (856) 858-3220.
Meanwhile, those in Camden County that rely on the New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) for meals should note that an extra benefit payment will be made Sunday.
Benefits awarded in April will also be increased to help circumvent critical food requirements felt by the impact of coronavirus.
“The Camden County Board of Social Services has been working nonstop throughout the coronavirus crisis to ensure that these critical services continue to be delivered to those who need them,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez. “This crisis has been difficult for families across our community, but there is assistance available. We are grateful that our partners at the federal level are doing their part to protect the most vulnerable.”
Supplemental benefits will be loaded directly to SNAP recipients’ EBT cards.
“Families will receive a supplemental benefit equal to the difference between their regular benefit amount and the maximum benefit for their family size,” county officials said. “Families already receiving the maximum allowable SNAP benefit are not eligible for supplemental payments.”
For information visit www.njhelps.org, or call the Camden County Board of Social Services at (856) 225-8800.
How you can volunteer
Volunteers are being sought for response efforts throughout Camden County.
On Thursday, the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services launched a new online volunteering portal to connect healthy residents with opportunities to help out.
“Everybody has to do their part if we’re going to get through this unprecedented crisis,” said Cappelli. “We have been awe-struck by the number of inquiries coming to our offices asking for volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved.”
To volunteer fill out a form here: www.camdencounty.com/service/covid-19-updates-and-preparations/volunteer/. Residents without internet access can call (856) 374-6396 and medical personnel can call (856) 374-6141.
“This new submission form will allow us to connect residents with other agencies or Camden County departments seeking volunteers in response to this crisis,” Cappelli said. “If you are healthy and looking for a way to serve your community, now is the time to visit www.camdencounty.com and find out how you can help.”
Additional Camden County cases
New Patient 1: Male, 50s, Haddon Township
New Patient 2: Male, 70s, Pennsauken
New Patient 3: Male, 20s, Voorhees
New Patient 4: Male, 30s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 5: Female, 60s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 6: Male, 40s, Collingswood
New Patient 7: Male, 50s, Barrington
New Patient 8: Female, 50s, Pennsauken
New Patient 9: Male, 60s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 10: Male, 50s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 11: Male, 50s, Merchantville
New Patient 12: Male, 60s, Gloucester Township
New Patient 13: Female, 30s, Haddonfield
New Patient 14: Female, 40s, Voorhees
New Patient 15: Female, 50s, Merchantville
New Patient 16: Female, 40s, Winslow
New Patient 17: Female, 60s, Pennsauken
New Patient 18: Male, 40s, Pine Hill
New Patient 19: Male, 60s, Winslow
New Patient 20: Male, 70s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 21: Male, 90s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 22: Male, 30s, Camden City
New Patient 23: Female, 20s, Gloucester Township
New Patient 24: Female, 40s, Lindenwold
New Patient 25: Female, 50s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 26: Male, 20s, Winslow
New Patient 27: Male, 60s, Pennsauken
New Patient 28: Female, 20s, Gloucester Township
New Patient 29: Female, 50s, Pine Hill
New Patient 30: Female, 30s, Lindenwold
New Patient 31: Female, 60s, Lindenwold
New Patient 32: Male, 50s, Pennsauken
New Patient 33: Male, 50s, Gloucester Township