CAMDEN, NJ — Cooper Health Care, Virtua and Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital can now test their patients for COVID-19, however Camden County is still waiting for kits, Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli announced in a virtual press briefing Monday afternoon.

Over the weekend, partly due to high winds and because kits had yet to arrive, tents at Camden County College's testing site at its Blackwood campus were brought down. 

Nationally, a shortage of kits, as well as masks, has forced officials to prioritize areas based on high case numbers.

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Camden County has 41 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Monday and at least one death.

“I hope to have good news on masks by the end of the day. Recognize the need for first responders to have this equipment…it is truly the Wild West when trying to procure these items," Cappelli said.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday in a press conference that New Jersey now has 2,844 cases and a total of 27 deaths. The exact breakdown per county was not immediately available. 

Cappelli added that residents should be checking on seniors in the area — reiterating a county hotline for them to access meals. 

County officials are also working to ramp up efforts to assure businesses deemed "non-essential" comply with the state's order to close for business at 9 p.m. "Essential” businesses include grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, gas stations, hardware and home improvement stores, banks, laundromats, pet stores, liquor stores, auto repair shops and mail and delivery stores.

Cappelli said businesses should expect a knock on their door if they are operating past the curfew despite Murphy's executive order. 

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