CAMDEN, NJ — Camden County has 14 more cases of COVID-19, and a total of 84, as of Thursday afternoon.
Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli said in a virtual town hall Thursday that while not ideal that the number is increasing at all, county health officials have noted cases numbers have either decreased or stagnated day to day.
“We believe that’s because of the actions you, the residents of Camden County, are taking,” Cappelli said.
Cherry Hill has 25 positive coronavirus cases, the most of any municipality - while the remaining, for the most part, have five or less.
Cappelli, as well as Congressman Donald Norcross, highlighted that North Jersey is currently the “hot spot” of COVID-19 with the majority of the state’s now 6,876 cases (2,492 newly reported) and 81 deaths.
“The spike has begun [and] the measures you are taking will go a long way to keeping that curve as flat as possible,” Cappelli said.
As for testing, a national shortage of kits means the majority of them have been allocated to the northern part of the state.
While the county hoped to get a site set up at Camden County College’s Blackwood Campus, Cappelli said that won’t happen “for at least a couple of weeks.”
For now, Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, Cooper Health Care and Virtua are conducting tests for hospital patients throughout the county.
Of those testing positive in Camden County, 21 percent are being hospitalized. In addition, positive cases so far have included individuals 20 years and older.
Cappelli stated frankly that the way of life in Camden County, “will change for the months to come.”
During the press conference, Camden County was praised for having served 16,000 meals to seniors since March 18 and provided transportation to make dialysis possible for more than 500 residents.
Cappelli also commended first responders, healthcare workers, supermarket employees and other individuals currently leaving their homes to keep county operations going.
“You’re on the front line, you're operating under some dire circumstances...that is just amazing,” he said.
The new cases in Camden County are as follows:
New Patient 1: Male, 40s, Haddonfield
New Patient 2: Female, 40s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 3: Female, 10s, Haddon Heights
New Patient 4: Female, 60s, Pennsauken
New Patient 5: Male, 50s, Gloucester Township
New Patient 6: Male, 20s, Gloucester Township
New Patient 7: Female, 70s, Voorhees
New Patient 8: Female, 60s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 9: Female 50s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 10: Female, 20s, Voorhees
New Patient 11: Male, 50s, Camden City
New Patient 12: Male, 20s, Gloucester Township
New Patient 13: Male, 20s, Oaklyn
New Patient 14, Female, 80s, Camden City