CAMDEN, NJ — Five additional Camden County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, state health officials announced Thursday afternoon.

The development, which was not unexpected as testing becomes more widely available, brings the county total to 12.

An additional patient, a man in his 30s, tested positive in Cherry Hill, a man in his 50s in Barrington and a woman in her 50s in Vorhees. All three are in self-isolation at this time.

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The other two patients are a man in his 20s and another in his 40s. Additional details were not available.

“We need to be very clear that as new cases continue to be diagnosed, this does not mean social distancing isn’t working,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli. “Our team is working to identify any direct exposures to these confirmed cases, but at this juncture everyone needs to be social distancing to the greatest extent possible. The best way to protect yourself and others is to stay home, avoid crowds and large gatherings, and continue adhering to the recommended hygiene practices.” 

The death toll in New Jersey is nine as of Thursday.

“We've 318 new positive test results since yesterday, bringing our statewide total to 742,” Gov. Phil Murphy announced during a press conference Thursday. “Sadly, we have four additional deaths. We send our deepest condolences to their families.”

Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said the state is still gathering details on 84 cases.

The seven patients previously announced in Camden County are as follows:

  • Male, 61, Cherry Hill. Discharged and recovering

  • Female, 60s, Cherry Hill, Self-isolating at home 

  • Female, 50s, Haddon Township, Self-isolating at home

  • Male, 40s, Cherry Hill. Self-isolating at home 

  • Male, 50s, Cherry Hill. Self-isolating at home

  • Male, 40s, Cherry Hill. Self-isolating at home 

  • Female, 60s, Pine Hill. Patient being treated at the hospital.

Camden County officials will hold a virtual town hall Thursday at 3 p.m. 

It will stream at www.facebook.com/camdencountynj/ and can also be viewed at livestream.com/accounts/25094258/events/9045840.

“We know you have questions about coronavirus, how your government is responding to the needs of the community, and what is being done to mitigate the spread of the disease in our community,” said Cappelli. 

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