Camden County announces first COVID-19 death, identifies 15 additional cases

The Camden County Department of Health and Freeholder Board are announcing the first death from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Camden County. The resident, a woman in her 80s, was a resident of Barrington.

Additionally, the Camden County Health Department is announcing 15 additional positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) identified in Camden County. Trace investigations are being facilitated with the patients and remain ongoing.

The daily information for cases is still being formulated by investigators in the county Health Department based on the scope of today’s case load. This brings the aggregate number of confirmed positive cases to 39 in Camden County today. The investigations are still ongoing.

“On behalf of the Freeholder Board, the Health Department, and the entire Camden County community, we extend our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of this victim,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “We must continue to be realistic in our approach to the war we are fighting with this virus. There are likely to be more deaths in the coming weeks and months if we do not adhere to the governor’s orders, practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible. That is the only way we can protect those most vulnerable in our community to this terrible disease including the elderly, immunocompromised, first responders, healthcare workers, and everyone else who is serving on the frontlines of the war against coronavirus.”

The Freeholder Board is urging residents to be  mindful of their mental health and the health of others. Even while most in-person services are unavailable during social distancing, the board and the Department of Health want to make residents aware of a number of social service organizations that offer counseling by phone in New Jersey, some of them available 24/7. Visit here for more information.

Residents should call 9-1-1 during emergencies only. For those with questions or concerns related to the coronavirus, call the free, 24-hour public hotline at 2-1-1 or 1-800-962-1253, where trained professionals are standing by to answer your questions. New Jersey residents can now also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.  More information is also available on the state’s coronavirus webpage.

Information regarding Camden County’s preparations, response, and general information provided to the public is available by visiting camdencounty.com. Residents should frequently check the county webpage and social media for up-to-date information.