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COVID-19 Update: Cases, Trends; Hospital Census & Cases by County

COVID-19 updates and data.

This post is updated every day and throughout the day as new information becomes available. Scroll through as post is organized:

  1. Camden County
  2. Gloucester County
  3. Statewide Data

Camden County:

Beginning May 23, 2020, new cases and deaths in Camden County will no longer be announced on weekends or holidays. All weekend cases and deaths will be announced on the next business day and will be properly attributed to the day they were received.

On May 22, 2020, the Camden County Department of Health announced 46 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

This brings the aggregate number of confirmed positive cases to 6,053 in Camden County today and 294 total fatalities.

“Today, we are sending our thoughts and prayers to everyone who has been diagnosed with this insidious virus whilst we wish them a full and fast recovery,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr.

The Department of Health is announcing 46 additional positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) identified in Camden County.

In addition, the county Department of Health is also announcing 1,012 confirmed resident cases and 296 staff cases have occurred out of the aggregate case load of 6,053 in our 56 long-term care facilities. At this time, 215 resident deaths have been reported from these facilities, as well as two staff deaths, out of our 294 total fatalities countywide.

The following information is currently available regarding new patients:

New Patient 1: Male, 30s, Audubon Boro
New Patient 2: Female, 60s, Camden City
New Patient 3: Male, Unknown, Camden City
New Patient 4: Female, 50s, Camden City
New Patient 5: Female, 20s, Camden City
New Patient 6: Female, 30s, Camden City
New Patient 7: Female, 50s, Camden City
New Patient 8: Male, 40s, Camden City
New Patient 9: Male, 40s, Camden City
New Patient 10: Female, 30s, Camden City
New Patient 11: Male, 60s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 12: Female, 20s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 13: Female, 70s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 14: Male, 80s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 15: Male, 80s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 16: Female, 80s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 17: Male, 20s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 18: Female, 20s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 19: Female, 60s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 20: Male, 70s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 21: Female, 40s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 22: Female, 60s, Gloucester City
New Patient 23: Female, 20s, Gloucester City
New Patient 24: Male, 10s, Gloucester Twp.
New Patient 25: Male, 10s, Gloucester Twp.
New Patient 26: Male, 70s, Gloucester Twp.
New Patient 27: Female, 80s, Gloucester Twp.
New Patient 28: Male, Juvenile, Gloucester Twp.
New Patient 29: Female, 20s, Gloucester Twp.
New Patient 30: Male, 30s, Lawnside
New Patient 31: Male, 30s, Lindenwold
New Patient 32: Female, 30s, Lindenwold
New Patient 33: Male, 30s, Lindenwold
New Patient 34: Male, 70s, Lindenwold
New Patient 35: Female, 30s, Lindenwold
New Patient 36: Female, 30s, Pennsauken
New Patient 37: Female, 30s, Pennsauken
New Patient 38: Female, 30s, Pine Hill
New Patient 39: Female, 30s, Pine Hill
New Patient 40: Female, 80s, Voorhees
New Patient 41: Female, 80s, Voorhees
New Patient 42: Female, 80s, Voorhees
New Patient 43: Female, 80s, Voorhees
New Patient 44: Female, 40s, Waterford Twp.
New Patient 45: Female, 20s, Winslow Twp.
New Patient 46: Female, 40s, Winslow Twp.

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.

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.

Click here to read “Camden County Health Dept. Rectifies COVID-19 Cases From State.”

Gloucester County:

On Saturday, May 23, 2020, the Gloucester County Department of Health and Human Services and Office of Emergency Management have announced an additional 16 cases of COVID-19 to report.

As of May 23, 2020, Gloucester County has conducted 10,650 total tests.

Of these cases, 8,598 have come back negative and 7 are pending.

One case has been moved out of County.

Gloucester County’s total positive COVID-19 case count is now 2,045.
Gloucester County has reported 135 deaths. A full list including age, sex and municipality is available here: http://www.gloucestercountynj.gov/documents/COVID19CASESLATESTUPDATE5.23.20.pdf?fbclid=IwAR20L4fy7Xl__VYSdnnJAvkBErsPuCTmnP28eacQWeIqZPuVk39tVl_oeOk

Information on COVID-19 deaths in Gloucester County begins on page 43.

Gloucester County will again offer its drive-thru style COVID-19 testing site on Thursday, May 28, 2020.

The site will be set up at Rowan College of South Jersey, 1400 Tanyard Rd., Sewell 08080. Testing will begin at 10 a.m. Additional testing dates to follow.

Tests will be performed by appointment only. Residents do not need to be symptomatic to receive testing.

Gloucester County residents 18 and older who want to be tested must call the COVID-19 Call Center at (856) 218-4142 to be pre-screened. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Scheduling for the site will begin Friday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please have your insurance information available at this time. Once pre-screened an appointment time will be scheduled.

The site is a partnership between Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Josette Palmer of Happy Healthy You Medical Practice, the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Gloucester County Department of Health and the Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management.

The Gloucester County testing site is open to Gloucester County residents only. Proof of residency, such as a passport or driver’s license, is required.

Cases Per Town


Clayton Borough
Cases: 57
Deaths: 0

Deptford Township
Cases: 473
Deaths: 63

East Greenwich Township
Cases: 48
Deaths: 1

Elk Township
Cases: 29
Deaths: 0

Franklin Township
Cases: 72
Deaths: 1

Glassboro Borough
Cases: 108
Deaths: 4

Greenwich Township
Cases: 21
Deaths: 1

Harrison Township
Cases: 50
Deaths: 1

Logan Township
Cases: 31
Deaths: 1

Mantua Township
Cases: 75
Deaths: 1

Monroe Township
Cases: 229
Deaths: 7

National Park Borough
Cases: 17
Deaths: 2

Newfield Borough
Cases: 5
Deaths: 0

Paulsboro Borough
Cases: 49
Deaths: 3

Pitman Borough
Cases: 36
Deaths: 2

South Harrison Township
Cases: 80
Deaths: 0

Swedesboro Borough
Cases: 33
Deaths: 1

Washington Township
Cases: 290
Deaths: 25

Wenonah Borough
Cases: 12
Deaths: 1

West Deptford Township
Cases: 124
Deaths: 12

Westville Borough
Cases: 33
Deaths: 1

Woodbury City
Cases: 80
Deaths: 5

Woodbury Heights Borough
Cases: 15
Deaths: 1

Woolwich Township
Cases: 78
Deaths: 2

Statewide Data

Credit: New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard

Credit: New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard

Image credit: New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard

**This post is regularly updated as new data becomes available.**

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Covid-19 Recent News

Beginning May 26 Pfeiffer Center in Monroe Twp. to Offer “Grab & Go” Meals to Gloucester County Residents

To protect seniors and reduce risk of infection, congregate meal sites across the state have closed. Gloucester County switched to “grab and go” meals only in addition to home delivered meals.
 
Food access and availability are among the major concerns of older Gloucester County residents amidst the Covid-19 pandemic

“The Division of Senior Services staff and volunteers are on the front lines in responding to the increased demand for meals and ensuring food security for vulnerable older adults in our county,” said Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger.

Beginning May 26, 2020, the Pfeiffer Center in Monroe Township located at 301 Blue Bell Rd. in Williamstown will be the third county site to allow the Nutrition Staff of Senior Services to prepare “grab and go” meals that residents may pick up between 10:30 and 11 am daily.

The other two sites providing daily “grab and go” meals are Mantua Community Center and Thorofare Fire Hall.
 
“This option is essential to serve our elderly residents who aren’t necessarily homebound but still need food assistance,” said Freeholder Jim Jefferson, liaison to the Division of Senior Services.

Meals must be ordered in advance by calling 856-686-8327 by 12 noon the day before. Meals can be picked up curbside or at the door from 10:30 a.m. -11 a.m. daily.

For more information on The Division of Senior Services, please visit www.gloucestercountynj.gov

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Cooper Foundation & Norcross Foundation Donate 60,000 Reusable Masks for Public Health Campaign

“This generous donation will go a long way for the residents of the city in slowing the spread,” Chief Joe Wysocki said. “I want to thank the foundations for making this purchase and providing this resource to the residents and organizations of Camden.”     

George E. Norcross, III, the chairman of the Cooper Board of Trustees and founder of the Norcross Foundation, and Phillip A. Norcross, the chair of The Cooper Foundation, announced the two Foundations will begin distributing more than 175,000 reusable and washable fabric facemasks to patients, employees, and the members of its community to reduce the spread of COVID-19 tomorrow. At the start of the pandemic, The Cooper Foundation began a dedicated fund to provide Cooper’s clinical team the needed personal protection equipment (PPE). George Norcross and The Norcross Foundation were among the first donors to the new effort.

An officer hands a reusable and washable face mask to a resident. (All photos provided)

Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. talked about the importance of masks for the community at large.

“I want to thank the foundations for their generosity with this important resource for our residents,” Cappelli said. “Masks and social distancing will be a necessary tool for our residents until we have a vaccine or antiviral. Until we have therapeutics available and on the market masks will be mandatory.”  

Over the next few weeks, additional masks will be distributed to residents in Burlington and Gloucester counties as well as patients at Cooper offices and Cooper University Hospital. Future distributions will be coordinated with local officials to ensure that the most at-risk communities receive priority.

Officers from the Camden County Police Dept. were out in the community distributing masks to the community (All photos provided)

“The health of the community and our patients is always our top priority and these facemasks are just another way we can demonstrate our commitment to those we serve,” said Kevin O’Dowd, JD, co-president/CEO of Cooper. 

The CCPD picked up the first 14,000 masks and started distribution at the Walter Rand Transportation Center, Guadalupe Family Services and outside the grocery stores in the city including Cousin’s Market and PriceRite. In addition, the county Health Department will include the face coverings as part of their public health campaign in vulnerable neighborhoods. Working alongside local elected officials in towns throughout Camden County these masks will be given out along with educational material and hand sanitizer. 

“Wearing a facemask is a simple way to keep yourself and others healthy when you are out and around others. As New Jersey begins to slowly open, we are happy to be able to provide masks to those we serve as an easy way to stay healthy,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, co-president/CEO of Cooper. 

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Camden County Driving Range to re-open Friday

(Pennsauken, NJ) – The Camden County Driving Range at Cooper River Park will re-open on Friday, May 22, for the first time since being required to close by an executive order signed by Governor Phil Murphy in April. Yesterday, May 18, Governor Murphy signed a new order allowing certain outdoor activities to resume, including batting cages, horseback riding, and driving ranges.

“The Driving Range is an excellent candidate for early re-opening because social distancing is so easy to maintain while taking advantage of the facility,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “Our staff has heard from countless residents who have been hoping to return to the range for stress relief, exercise, and even rehabilitation of injuries. We are excited to be able to offer this service to our community once again and ask that all patrons work to help us maintain a safe and friendly environment when visiting the range.”

Operations at the driving range will be slightly altered in order to ensure the safety of all visitors. Some changes include:

  • All outdoor seating will be removed;
  • Restrictions on clubhouse access;
  • Encouraged use of contactless payment methods (example: Apple Pay); and
  • Staff will wear gloves and face coverings at all times.

The driving range provides easy-to-maintain social distancing thanks to hitting stalls which are spaced seven feet apart, and the 12-foot deep walking area behind these stalls. Most customers and employees never have to touch shared golf balls thanks to contactless ball dispensers to fill buckets, and ball trays at ground level in each stall.

“The only commonly touched, shared surface in the entire facility will be the buckets themselves,” Cappelli said. “Our staff will be sanitizing these buckets between every use and only placing them back into rotation once they have been appropriately disinfected.”

The driving range will re-open during its normal operating hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. For more information regarding services at the driving range, hours, and prices, visit https://www.camdencounty.com/service/parks/camden-county-driving-range/.

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First Bank Donates $30K+ To Provide COVID-19 Relief

HAMILTON, N.J. — First Bank (NASDAQ: FRBA) announced on May 18, 2020 that it has donated $30,500 to help communities hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The community bank, which has 18 full-service branches throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, has made contributions to more than a dozen nonprofits that will be allocated to fight the mounting medical, social and economic impact of the pandemic.

“There are many people sacrificing on the frontlines today,” said First Bank President and CEO Patrick L. Ryan. “From health care systems that heal and police departments that protect to nonprofits that serve, we support them. No matter the crisis, we are in this together.”

The NJ Bankers Charitable Foundation effort is the one that kicked off First Bank’s charitable giving campaign. NJ Bankers has agreed to match every dollar donated by NJ Bankers member banks up to $50,000. At the time of this writing, more than $112,000 has been raised (matching included) for the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.  Based in Morristown, the NJPRF raises funds and coordinates resources in response to COVID-19.

Below is a list of more non-profits that have received support from First Bank:

  • Rescue Mission of Trenton, based in Trenton, helps individuals in need with many offerings including an emergency shelter, weekend soup kitchen, substance abuse program and a Mission Store.
  • West Chester University, based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, will help students impacted by the global health crisis through the school’s Emergency Student Aid Fund.
  • Chester County Community Foundation, based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, helps provide flexible resources to county nonprofits disproportionately impacted by the outbreak.
  • The Decency Foundation, based in Hopewell, works with restaurants to provide nourishment to those impacted as part of the Working Meals fundraising campaign.
  • Trenton YMCA, based in Trenton, provides free breakfast and lunch for 1,100 children Monday through Friday while school is out, plus 50 meals to families in temporary housing seven days per week in Mercer County and the northern Burlington area.
  • Hopewell Valley YMCA, based in Hopewell, provides emergency childcare for essential workers, now through the summer, plus aid in community food pantry efforts.
  • Foundations Community Partnership, based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, helps provide financial resources for nonprofits serving children and families throughout Bucks County.
  • Mount Carmel Guild, based in Trenton, assists with home nursing services for low-income seniors citywide and throughout the greater Mercer County region.
  • Catholic Youth Organization, based in Trenton, helps operate a food pantry twice per week and distribute about 200 lunches and snack packs each weekday in partnership with the Trenton YMCA.
  • Good Counsel Homes, based in Riverside, provides a rescue home for pregnant women, mothers and children to help avoid homelessness and poverty, many of whom have been hurt by the pandemic.
  • Project Paul, based in Keansburg, provides a food pantry and thrift store operation that relies on sales to help fund food pantry efforts. Thrift stores have been closed by the pandemic.
  • nourish.NJ, based in Morris County, offers food, housing, work readiness, medical, social and educational services 365 days a year. During COVID-19, they have been providing bagged lunches free to pick-up for anyone who needs it.
  • 200 Club of Morris County, based in Morris County, provides care for families of emergency workers affected by the pandemic.
  • RWJ Hospital Hamilton Foundation, based in Hamilton, offers a fundraiser to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospital staff to help counter COVID-19-related shortages.
  • Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, based in Cherry Hill, offers a fund for COVID-19 relief.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County, based in Trenton, provides children age 3-18 throughout the county with social, enrichment and recreational activities. The group’s biggest fundraising event of the year has been turned into an online event due to COVID-19.

Brenda Rascher, executive director of Catholic Social Services at the Diocese of Trenton, said First Bank’s contributions to the last four listed charities will “go far” in offering much-needed basic services.

“Many people may not be aware that all our Catholic social service agencies are open and serving those in need while also making adjustments for social distancing,” Rascher said. “The four agencies that received First Bank’s donations are all not only serving an increasing number of families at their food pantries, but their usual sources of financial support and food donations have been interrupted or even stopped completely.”

Tobias Bruhn, executive director at the Foundations Community Partnership, echoed similar sentiments.

“Our new COVID-19 Response Grant program reflects Foundations Community Partnership’s long-standing commitment to help the non-profit community in their efforts to serve Bucks County children, youth, and families throughout this public health and economic crisis,” Bruhn said. “We applaud First Bank’s generous support and commitment to our community in times like these. It’s comforting to know that ‘We Are All in This Together.’”

How First Bank Bands Communities Together

There are several reasons why First Bank is one of the fastest-growing community banks in the nation.

For example, the bank believes in local decision-making. In other words, clients have access to First Bank’s decision-makers. The bank’s market executives have lending authority—and use it. For larger clients, customers can expect to talk to the bank’s CEO, who plays a pivotal role in helping to foster lasting business relationships.

Most importantly, the community bank views itself as a solution-provider, where everything begins with a conversation. First Bank’s employees listen intently and ask smart questions, so they can provide the best answer.

In addition, First Bank operates with a long-term mindset. It recognizes that its reputation is its most valuable asset. To preserve its good name, First Bank keenly focuses on delivering the best long-term results. By providing great recommendations and following through on its promises, the community bank continues to build its reputation and base of happy customers.

The community bank’s branches offer the bank’s full range of financial solutions for families and businesses, including:

  • Personal deposit accounts
  • Business deposit accounts
  • Certificates of deposits
  • Retirement accounts
  • Cash management services
  • Commercial lending
  • Lines of credit
  • Term loans
  • Real estate loans

The bank offers traditional deposit and loan banking services for individuals, families and commercial clients. The bank has approximately 210 employees working throughout New Jersey in Burlington, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset and Morris counties, as well as Bucks and Chester counties in Pennsylvania.

To learn more about First Bank, visit firstbanknj.com or firstbankpa.com.

About First Bank

First Bank (firstbanknj.com/firstbankpa.com) is a New Jersey state-chartered bank with 18 full-service branches throughout New Jersey in Burlington, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset and Morris counties, as well as in Bucks and Chester counties, Pennsylvania. With $2.10 billion in assets as of March 31, 2020, First Bank offers a traditional range of deposit and loan products to individuals and businesses throughout the New York City to Philadelphia corridor. First Bank’s common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Market exchange under the symbol “FRBA.”