County records 168 new cases ahead of weekend

“Whether you are 21 or 91 it is extremely important that you protect yourself and others by getting vaccinated. These vaccines not only protect you, but are also believed to make you far less likely to infect others. When you get vaccinated, the entire community is safer.”

The Camden County Department of Health announced on Friday 168 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Camden County. This brings the aggregate number of confirmed positive cases to 46,837 in Camden County today and 1,155 total fatalities.

“Each day we inch closer to widespread inoculation, but we will only get there if everyone continues to get vaccinated,” said County Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli, Jr.

“Whether you are 21 or 91 it is extremely important that you protect yourself and others by getting vaccinated. These vaccines not only protect you, but are also believed to make you far less likely to infect others. When you get vaccinated, the entire community is safer.”

The Department of Health is announcing 168 additional positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) identified in Camden County. Trace investigations are being facilitated with the patients and remain ongoing.

To date, 370,388 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Camden County. There are 223,024 people with at least one vaccine dose, and 163,436 people who are fully vaccinated.

In addition, the county Department of Health is also announcing 2,378 confirmed resident cases and 1,384 staff cases have occurred out of the aggregate case load of 46,837 in our 56 long-term care facilities. At this time, 466 resident deaths have been reported from these facilities, as well as seven staff deaths, out of our 1,155 total fatalities countywide.

The county Health Department is currently working to trace close contacts of these newest cases. The investigations are still ongoing, and we will update the public with new developments as the information is gathered by our investigators.

For those residents who are having difficulty coping with the COVID-19 crisis, please call the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc. at (877) 294- HELP (4357) between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for emotional support, guidance and mental health referrals as needed. For additional information and services, call Camden County’s Office of Mental Health & Addiction at (856) 374-6361.

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, or text NJCOVID to 898-211. Residents should also download the COVID Alert NJ mobile application on their Apple or Android device where they can view the latest information regarding COVID-19 in the state and be notified of potential exposures to the virus.

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.