CAMDEN, NJ — The City of Camden confirmed its first case of COVID-19 Friday evening: a man in his 50s who is currently hospitalized and in serious condition.
Exactly two weeks ago, a Cherry Hill man tested as Camden County's first positive case.
Additional details on the Camden city patient, including where he may have traveled to and the hospital he is being treated at, have not been disclosed.
In an online post addressing the city Friday evening, Camden Mayor Frank Moran verified the case saying, "We're hoping [the patient] gets the treatment that [he] deserves."
"I want to reinforce our emergency declaration and the emergency declaration from the State of New Jersey," Moran said.
Looking at the time, Moran noted that as of 8 p.m. on Friday all businesses must close including liquor stores and bodegas.
"My code enforcement is on the street as we speak. They will come and make sure you're closed," Moran added. "If you violate the mandate, there will be a price to pay."
Camden County has also announced three additional cases today, including a Winslow Township man whose positive test was reported this morning.
The additional two cases are a man in his 40s from Haddonfield and another man in his 50s from Winslow Township. Both men are being treated at area hospitals and in stable condition.
"Trace investigations are being facilitated with the patients and remains ongoing," county officials said in a release.
Right now, the county has roughly a dozen cases, according to state health officials. The additional availability of tests, county officials have stressed, means more cases will inevitably arise.
"This does not mean that social distancing measures are not working," Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli said. "Staying home is our best course of action to stay healthy and save lives.”
Gov. Phil Murphy announced the most recent statewide numbers Friday afternoon: 890 cases and 11 deaths.
This article will be updated as more details become available.