The Camden County Department of Health is announcing 6675 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 14 new deaths which occurred between Tuesday, Dec. 28 and Monday, Jan 3., bringing the aggregate number of confirmed positive cases in Camden County to 76,614 and 1,408 total fatalities.
Of the week’s 1896 new cases, 365 are among patients under 18 years old.
Of the weekend’s 4,779 new cases, 1,077 are among patients under 18 years old. The average age of the newly infected is 33 years old.
This past week’s cases involve residents living in the following municipalities:
“Case counts have continued to surge for the last few weeks and we’re pulling out all of the stops to make sure every Camden County resident remains safe and healthy,” said Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “We have expanded testing sites across the county to keep up with the high demand, but I want to reemphasize the importance of getting vaccinated and getting a booster shot.
“We’ve seen it time and time again, those who are vaccinated are much less likely to become severely ill and die from this virus,” he added. “So please, if you haven’t yet, get vaccinated and get your booster. You can make an appointment for your first or second dose or your booster shot at the Camden County Health Hub by visiting www.CamdenCountyVaccine.com.”
The new testing sites and times are located below:
- Beginning on Jan. 3, Health Hub testing will be available at the Health Hub located at Camden County College’s Blackwood campus from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment only.
- Starting on Jan. 6, at the Health Hub no appointment will be needed on Thursdays from 8 to 11 a.m. This will be a saliva test.
- Starting on Jan. 4, on Tuesdays the county Health Department will be administering testing at the Charles DePalma Public Works complex from 8 to 11 a.m. This will be a saliva test.
- Beginning on Jan. 5, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the county Health Department will be administering testing from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Camden County Complex located at 2600 Mt. Ephraim Avenue in Camden City. This will be a saliva test and no appointment is needed.
- Starting Jan. 3 testing will be available at Cooper University Hospital, which is located the intersection of Broadway and Stevens Street in Camden, from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
- Cooper Specialty Care at Cherry Hill will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. This is by appointment only and you must be asymptomatic to be tested.
- You can schedule your COVID-19 test at Cooper by using our online scheduling tool at this link.
Remember, for all saliva test takers, please do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes prior to taking the test.
In addition to these county testing options the state Department of Health is also offering a mail in option. They have partnered with the same test provider, Vault Medical Services, to distribute free, at home COVID-19 tests by mail to all residents who need them. The new program is in addition to traditional testing operated at designated testing sites.
You can order a test by going to learn.vaulthealth.com/nj. The kits are shipped through UPS with next-day delivery and once you receive it, you will hold a Zoom call with a Vault health care professional to guide you through the test and answer your questions. You then send the test back in pre-paid packaging through UPS’ next-day delivery and you must drop off the package at a UPS site or dropbox. Results should be back to you within 24 to 48 hours.
On Jan. 3, new operational hours at the Camden County Health Hub’s vaccine clinic will shift to 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays.
To date, 384,881 Camden County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 334,485 are fully vaccinated and 131,188 have received a third dose. More information regarding vaccination rates throughout the county and available on the state’s COVID-19 dashboard at covid19.nj.gov.
The county Health Department is continuing to closely track new cases of COVID-19 and information regarding the prevalence of the Delta variant. New cases are often reassigned to other municipalities over the course of an investigation.
More information regarding Camden County’s preparations and response related to the COVID-19 pandemic is available by visiting camdencounty.com. Residents should frequently check the county webpage and social media for up-to-date information.