CAMDEN, NJ — Camden County confirmed the area’s third presumed positive case of COVID-19 on Monday: a woman in her 50s currently isolated at her Haddon Township home.

While a trace investigation to determine the potential exposure to others is still underway, officials said they believe the individual was exposed at Newark International Airport.

“This is now our third case, underscoring the need for our community to practice more social distancing in order for us to flatten the curve of this virus,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli. 

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The county, which is under a declaration of emergency, announced another case this past Friday. 

Statewide there are 178 presumed cases and two deaths as of Monday afternoon.

“We are continuing to work with the New Jersey Department of Health to identify individuals who may have been in contact with anyone confirmed of having contracted the illness and taking active measures to minimize the threat posed to our residents,” Cappelli added.

The patient, who’s name was not revealed, is said to be in constant contact with the county’s health department. Additional details on her recent travel was not made available.

Officials said investigations into the potential exposures of the county’s first and second cases were completed. None of said exposures have displayed any symptoms. 

Residents with COVID-19 questions should contact the state’s dedicated coronavirus call center at (800) 962-1253 or (800) 222-1222.

“It is important to take this threat seriously, but it is also critical that each of us respond appropriately. There is currently no need to stockpile food or water, and there is no benefit from buying large quantities of facemasks which do not protect the general public from contracting the virus,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services. “Hand washing and other personal hygiene practice continue to be the most effective way of protecting yourself from this virus.”

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