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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

Editor’s Note: Camden County recently announced that new cases and deaths in the 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.

Camden County:

One June 4, 2020, the Camden County Department of Health announced 32 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

This brings the aggregate number of confirmed positive cases to 6,944 in Camden County today and 343 total fatalities.

“Although we know the threat of this virus remains extremely real and incredibly deadly, I am happy to announce no new deaths caused by COVID-19 today in Camden County,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “For seven consecutive days we have now seen fewer than 100 new cases of coronavirus in our county. This incredible progress is entirely the product of our residents and their commitment to social distancing and other public health measures. Around the world, however, this virus is continuing spread and new cases are increasing, underscoring the reality that we have not defeated this invisible enemy. We must continue to take precautions and carefully follow the advice of public health experts so that we can avoid another deadly spike.”

The Department of Health is announcing 32 additional positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) identified in Camden County. Trace investigations are being facilitated with the patients and remain ongoing.

In addition, the county Department of Health is also announcing 1,187 confirmed resident cases and 443 staff cases have occurred out of the aggregate case load of 6,944 in our 56 long-term care facilities. At this time, 255 resident deaths have been reported from these facilities, as well as three staff deaths, out of our 343 total fatalities countywide.

The following information is currently available regarding new patients:

New Patient 1:
FEMALE, 40s, AUDUBON BOROUGH

New Patient 2:
MALE, 50s, CAMDEN CITY

New Patient 3:
MALE, JUVENILE, CAMDEN CITY

New Patient 4:
FEMALE, 20s, CAMDEN CITY

New Patient 5:
FEMALE, 70s, CAMDEN CITY

New Patient 6:
MALE, 30s, CAMDEN CITY

New Patient 7:
FEMALE, 80s, CAMDEN CITY

New Patient 8:
FEMALE, 40s, CAMDEN CITY

New Patient 9:
MALE, 50s, CAMDEN CITY

New Patient 10:
MALE, 50s, CAMDEN CITY

New Patient 11:
FEMALE, 20s, CAMDEN CITY

New Patient 12:
MALE, 30s, CAMDEN CITY

New Patient 13:
MALE, 30s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP

New Patient 14:
MALE, 60s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP

New Patient 15:
FEMALE, 80s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP

New Patient 16:
FEMALE, 30s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP

New Patient 17:
FEMALE, 30s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP

New Patient 18:
FEMALE, 40s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP

New Patient 19:
MALE, 30s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP

New Patient 20:
FEMALE, 70s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP

New Patient 21:
FEMALE, 40s, LAWNSIDE BOROUGH

New Patient 22:
FEMALE, 50s, LINDENWOLD BOROUGH

New Patient 23:
FEMALE, 40s, LINDENWOLD BOROUGH

New Patient 24:
MALE, 30s, OAKLYN BOROUGH

New Patient 25:
FEMALE, 80s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP

New Patient 26:
MALE, 30s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP

New Patient 27:
FEMALE, 80s, VOORHEES TOWNSHIP

New Patient 28:
FEMALE, 80s, VOORHEES TOWNSHIP

New Patient 29:
FEMALE, 80s, VOORHEES TOWNSHIP

New Patient 30:
FEMALE, 80s, VOORHEES TOWNSHIP

New Patient 31:
FEMALE, 50s, WATERFORD TOWNSHIP

New Patient 32:
FEMALE, 20s, WINSLOW TOWNSHIP

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 Thursday, June 4, 2020, the Gloucester County Department of Health and Human Services and Office of Emergency Management have announced an additional 16 cases of COVID-19.

As of June 4, 2020 Gloucester County has conducted 14,884 total tests. Of these cases, 12,593 have come back negative and three are pending.

Gloucester County’s total positive COVID-19 case count is now 2,288.

Gloucester County has reported 150 deaths. A full list including age, sex and municipality is available here: http://www.gloucestercountynj.gov/documents/COVID19CASESLATESTUPDATE6.04.20.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0zahXbrd5ynqHC7Jo37qsaGutFmzvncnUW3ELBWEtjkywWk6Oi3cNtaWo

Information on COVID-19 deaths in Gloucester County begins on page 48.

Cases Per Town

Clayton Borough
Cases: 64
Deaths: 0

Deptford Township
Cases: 513
Deaths: 68

East Greenwich Township
Cases: 50
Deaths: 1

Elk Township
Cases: 29
Deaths: 0

Franklin Township
Cases: 75
Deaths: 2

Glassboro Borough
Cases: 126
Deaths: 6

Greenwich Township
Cases: 23
Deaths: 1

Harrison Township
Cases: 57
Deaths: 1

Logan Township
Cases: 34
Deaths: 1

Mantua Township
Cases: 92
Deaths: 1

Monroe Township
Cases: 257
Deaths: 8

National Park Borough
Cases: 19
Deaths: 2

Newfield Borough
Cases: 8
Deaths: 0

Paulsboro Borough
Cases: 57
Deaths: 3

Pitman Borough
Cases: 42
Deaths: 2

South Harrison Township
Cases: 80
Deaths: 0

Swedesboro Borough
Cases: 35
Deaths: 1

Washington Township
Cases: 335
Deaths: 28

Wenonah Borough
Cases: 12
Deaths: 1

West Deptford Township
Cases: 149
Deaths: 13

Westville Borough
Cases: 36
Deaths: 1

Woodbury City
Cases: 92
Deaths: 7

Woodbury Heights Borough
Cases: 16
Deaths: 1

Woolwich Township
Cases: 87
Deaths: 2

Image credit: Gloucester County

Statewide Data

Credit: New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard

Credit: New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard

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

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Bright Side Covid-19 News

Community Foundation of South Jersey Announces Latest Round of COVID-19 Response Fund Grants

Haddonfield, NJ: Twenty-Five nonprofits located throughout Southern New Jersey have been awarded $222,000 in funding as part of the Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ)’s COVID-19 Response Fund. To date, $322,000 has been awarded from the Fund for organizations serving Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem Counties.

The South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund is the only such effort focused solely on the eight-county Southern New Jersey region. It was established to deploy flexible grant dollars to nonprofits helping South Jersey neighbors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The stories of these organizations adapting to meet the needs of their neighbors and communities under stressful conditions with limited resources are both inspiring and sobering,” said CFSJ Executive Director Andy Fraizer. “Our hope is that this funding provides much-needed relief in their continued efforts to serve vulnerable individuals impacted by the health, social, and economic consequences of the pandemic.” Fraizer continued, “There is much work still to do. Our team is evaluating the next round of grants and while we have commitments and pledges totaling $1 million, grant requests now exceed $6 million.”

The Fund is providing grants in multiple areas based on three categories.

  • Phase one: Triage – Support for organization meeting the immediate basic needs of our South Jersey neighbors.
  • Phase two: Treatment – Support for organizations modifying their service delivery methods so South Jersey residents don’t lose access to critical health, human and social services.
  • Phase three: Recovery – support for organizations that had to shut down operations, let go of staff, or lost income due to postponed & canceled events because of COVID-19. 

“This round of grants continues our commitment to partner with nonprofit partners making a difference on the front-lines,” said Wanda Hardy, Chairperson of the Foundation’s Community Leadership and Engagement Committee. “The generous outpouring of support received from donors, large and small, is a heartwarming sign of hope. Our South Jersey community cares.”

For more details on making donations, funding priorities, and how to apply, please visit southjerseyresponsefund.org

GRANT AWARD DESCRIPTIONS

Allies in Caring – Hammonton

Allies in Caring is providing critical culturally affirmative & linguistically appropriate behavioral & mental health services virtually to South Jersey families & youth.

Bancroft Neurohealth – Cherry Hill

Bancroft is purchasing personal protective equipment so staff can attend to the feeding & socialization needs of low-income children & adults living with disabilities in their residential programs throughout South Jersey.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties – Vineland

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties is adapting to match & train mentors virtually, so they can provide mentoring activities remotely.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlantic & Cape May Counties – Northfield

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties is adapting to match & train mentors virtually, so they can provide mentoring activities remotely.

Boys & Girls Club Camden County – Camden

Boys & Girls Club of Camden County is expanding virtual academic enrichment, tutoring, mentoring, job training, and social recreation activities, as well as delivering education supplies and food.

Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City– Atlantic City

Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City is expanding virtual academic enrichment, tutoring, mentoring, job training, and social recreation activities, as well as delivering education supplies and food.

Cathedral Kitchen – Camden

Cathedral Kitchen is preparing to deliver weekly meals, food, and personal hygiene items to partners throughout Camden & Pennsauken.

Emmanuel Cancer Foundation Southern Regional Center – Woodbury Heights

Emmanuel Cancer Foundation is providing services to South Jersey families facing pediatric cancer. Service includes case management, counseling, and emergency assistance for food & utilities.

Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries – Woodbury

Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries will purchase food, including fresh fruits, vegetables, and other staple items to supplement food received from the Food Bank of South Jersey.

Inspira Health Foundation – Vineland

Inspira Health is providing emergency financial support to employees facing unexpected expenses as a result of COVID-19 exposure, subsidizing elder care & child care for employees who are needed in the hospitals and providing additional compensation for health workers in high demand who have made themselves available to address the surge of patients.

Interfaith Caregivers – Haddonfield

Interfaith Caregivers is supporting the implementation of a “shop for” model that allows clients to receive food & prescriptions, as well as receive social phone calls.

Jersey Cape Diagnostic – Cape May Court House

Jersey Cape Diagnostic is expanding its distance-learning curriculum and virtual job training offerings to clients throughout Cape May County.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Southern NJ – Cherry Hill

Jewish Family & Children’s Services is purchasing food, gift cards, and providing transportation to medical appointments for Burlington, Camden & Gloucester County clients.

Joseph’s House of Camden – Camden

Joseph’s House of Camden is meeting the basic needs of its Camden County clients, including personal hygiene assistance, food, and access to human services including securing personal identification, public benefits, mental health & addiction counseling, and veterans services.

Koinonia Family Life – Camden

A partner of the Food Bank of South Jersey, Koinonia Family Life is procuring equipment necessary to transition their food distribution families in Camden to a grab & go model.

Lakewood Resource & Referral Center – Lakewood

Lakewood Resource & Referral Center is providing information, referrals, and assistance to Ocean County neighbors applying for temporary disability insurance, family leave insurance, unemployment, SNAP, and government-subsidized health insurance.

Legacy Treatment Services – Hainesport

Legacy Treatment Services is purchasing food for youth residing in group homes, personal protective equipment for staff when in-person support is unavoidable, and equipment to expand telehealth functions for clients throughout South Jersey.

Praise Tabernacle – Egg Harbor Township

Praise Tabernacle (a partner of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey), is purchasing additional food and clothing for underserved families and homeless neighbors throughout Atlantic & Cape May counties.

Puerto Rican Action Committee of Southern NJ – Vineland

Puerto Rican Action Committee is providing case management, information, referrals, and assistance to South Jersey neighbors applying for unemployment insurance benefits, SNAP, government-subsidized health insurance, and to purchase personal protective equipment for staff when in-person support is unavoidable. 

Ronald McDonald House of Southern NJ – Camden

Ronald McDonald House is continuing to offer meals, laundry, and a place to stay for families of seriously ill and traumatically injured children receiving care throughout South Jersey.

Southern Ocean Medical Center – Wall Township

Southern Ocean Medical Center is purchasing personal protective equipment, food, and hotel vouchers for South Jersey frontline health care staff who have been exposed to COVID-19. 

Special Children’s Center – Lakewood

Special Children’s Center is providing virtual case management & mentoring activities, as well as delivering toys & supplies to bring comfort to youth and their families throughout Ocean County.

St. John of God Community Services – Westville Grove

St. John of God Community Services is restocking their food pantry and providing counseling to low-income families throughout South Jersey.

Vineland Soup Kitchen – Vineland

Vineland Soup Kitchen (a partner of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey), is providing food, personal care items, and personal protection items to low-income, food-insecure and homeless neighbors throughout Cumberland County.

Volunteers in Medicine – Egg Harbor Township

Volunteers in Medicine is transitioning to a telehealth model to provide primary care, specialist & prescription assistance. The organization is also purchasing durable goods to facilitate the management of chronic diseases and gift cards to offset the costs of prescriptions and food.

Community Foundation of South JerseyThe Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) envisions an eight-county region thriving where all neighbors aspire, succeed, participate, and give. The vision is realized as CFSJ inspires generosity, manages and deploys permanent charitable assets, and exercises collaborative leadership to create a more equitable region. CFSJ works with South Jersey philanthropists, local nonprofits, and neighbors to build capital, contribute assets, and create permanent endowments for impact in perpetuity. By aligning donor interests and using the investment earnings on each of its endowed funds, CFSJ makes grants and builds leadership within the community to create thriving, equitable, and livable communities for all. Currently, CFSJ manages assets of more than $23 million. CFSJ has issued more than $9 million in nonprofit grants and scholarships. Learn more about CFSJ at CommunityFoundationSJ.org.

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Gov. Phil Murphy Announces New Jersey to Enter State Two of Restart & Recovery June 15

(Camden, NJ) – As part of his restart and recovery plan, “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health,” Governor Phil Murphy announced on June 2, 2020 that New Jersey will enter Stage Two on June 15, 2020.

Guided by strict protocols from the New Jersey Department of Health, as well as input from the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission and complementary Advisory Councils, Stage Two will include outdoor dining for restaurants and indoor, non-essential retail as of June 15. Beginning on June 22, barber shops and salons will be able to reopen.

In the period to follow, New Jersey will work toward the gradual opening of personal care, gyms, and health clubs, at reduced capacities as the stage progresses. All of these activities will be allowed pursuant to strict health and safety guidelines that will be issued in the coming days. New Jersey ended maximum restrictions and moved to Stage One on May 18, 2020.

“This is welcome news for thousands of Camden County residents and business owners who have endured months of shutdowns and restrictions that have been necessary to stem the spread of coronavirus,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “As the governor stated when making this announcement, we must continue to pair this period of gradual reopening with social distancing, good hand hygiene, and mask wearing to ensure that we stay on the road to recovery. We cannot mistake progress for victory, we still have a long fight ahead of us to save lives and rid ourselves of COVID-19.”

STAGE 2:
Restrictions are relaxed on activities that can be easily safeguarded.

Phased-in businesses and activities, with adherence to safeguarding and modification guidelines, include:

  • Outdoor dining (beginning on June 15th)
  • Limited in-person retail (beginning on June 15th)
  • Hair salons and barber shops (beginning on June 22nd)
  • Youth summer programs (beginning on July 6th)
  • In-person clinical research/labs
  • Limited fitness/gyms
  • Limited in-person government services (e.g. – Motor Vehicle Commission)
  • Museums/libraries

All workers who can work from home should continue to work from home. Precautions that apply across all stages include:

  1. Clinically high-risk individuals who can stay at home should continue to do so.
  2. All residents and businesses should follow state and federal safeguarding guidelines:
  • Wash hands
  • Wear masks in public
  • Respect social distancing
  • Minimize gatherings
  • Disinfect workplace and businesses
  • Minimize gatherings 
  • No mass gatherings

New Jersey will move toward subsequent stages based on data that demonstrates improvements in public health and the capacity to safeguard the public, including:

  • Sustained improvements in public health indicators, including new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, individuals in intensive care, and ventilator use;
  • Substantial increase in testing and contact tracing capacity;
  • Sufficient resilience in New Jersey’s health care system to include adequate bed capacity, ventilators, personal protective equipment, and workforce;
  • Widespread safeguarding of workplaces;
  • Widespread safeguarding and capacity of child care, schools, and mass transit;
  • Continued public compliance.

If public health indicators, safeguarding, or compliance worsen on a sustained basis, New Jersey will be prepared to move back to more restrictive stages as well.

For a one-page summary of Governor Murphy’s multi-stage approach to restart New Jersey’s economy, click here.

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New Leadership for Mantua Township School District

Mantua, NJ –The Mantua Township Board of Education announced Mr. Robert Miles, current principal of J. Mason Tomlin School, as their candidate for superintendent. The board will vote on Miles’ appointment at the board of education meeting on June 8, 2020.

Mr. Miles will officially begin on August 1, 2020, replacing Dr. Robert Fisicaro who announced his resignation in April. Miles and Fisicaro are working with the board to ensure a smooth transition of leadership.

Mr. Miles has been principal of J. Mason Tomlin School for five years. During his time as principal, Mantua Township School District was named a National District of Character. This accomplishment is one that Mr. Miles attributes to the ongoing collaboration between teachers and administrators. Miles is most proud of his work as the district school safety specialist. With his direction, the district has implemented new safety measures at a fast pace. Mr. Miles is committed to improving school safety for all students and staff in the district. Before coming to the Mantua Township School District, he taught math and was a vice principal at Kingsway Regional Middle School. Miles’ background is in finance where he started his professional career before becoming an educator.

“As principal of JMT, I’ve become deeply invested in our community and look forward to building upon the good work we’ve accomplished here in Mantua. As superintendent, I will always make it my daily goal to prioritize school safety while delivering the highest quality academic and character education programs available to our students,” said Robert Miles.

The Board of Education also identified Ms. Chantelle Shorter, current vice principal of J. Mason Tomlin School, as the new principal effective August 1, 2020. Ms. Shorter has been the vice principal at J. Mason Tomlin School for three years. She believes in working as a team to figure out what’s best for students. Ms. Shorter is a strong advocate for identifying individual student strengths so they can be maximized for the purpose of learning. Prior to coming to Mantua in 2017, Ms. Shorter taught in Charlotte, North Carolina while she completed her graduate studies. She also taught with Mr. Miles at Kingsway Regional Middle School before moving to Charlotte. Born and raised in New Jersey, Ms. Shorter stands by the philosophy of educating the whole child. She believes social-emotional wellness undoubtedly leads to student achievement.

“It is a blessing to work with a great team and families in such a wonderful district as Mantua Township. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to be involved in innovative and strategic initiatives under Dr. Fisicaro’s leadership. I am looking forward to continuing to learn under the leadership of Mr. Miles in the years to come,” stated Chantelle Shorter.

“The Board of Education has high amounts of confidence and trust in Mr. Miles and Mrs. Shorter, both of whom are proven and capable educational leaders. These promotions will ensure the continuity of services for students and familiarity with the Mantua Township School community. We are very pleased with these selections, and the board looks forward to the opportunity to build with them on a strong educational foundation,” said Bonnie Nuss, president of the Mantua Township Board of Education.

About Mantua School District:

The Mantua Township School District, located in Gloucester County, serves nearly 1,300 students from prekindergarten through 6th grade. Their educational approach emphasizes the principles of integrity, excellence, compassion, innovation, perseverance, respect, community, and gratitude as core values to guide the school community.

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Building Safety Month Celebration Wraps With Focus on Training, Education

Washington, D.C. – The celebration for Building Safety Month 2020 comes to a close with week four, which highlights training and education for the next generation of building safety professionals. This week the Code Council, its members and partners, will explore building safety career opportunities and the value of a well-trained workforce for maintaining a safe built environment. Thorough training and education help code officials consistently ensure the buildings in their communities are safe.

The building safety industry offers a wide range of career opportunities with positions that include code officials, inspectors, permit technicians, fire marshals, plumbing professionals, plans examiners and more. Through its Safety 2.0 initiative, the Code Council provides resources for students, veterans and others considering a career in the built environment.

“Especially during these difficult times when we find ourselves spending most of our time inside, we have a greater appreciation for building safety and the highly-trained professionals that ensure our communities are safe and protected,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “As the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has determined the work of building and fire prevention departments to be essential to the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, there is a stronger demand for us to bolster our industry with a knowledgeable and qualified workforce.”

“The weekly theme of ‘Training the Next Generation’ aligns with NCARB’s current focus: to develop training materials for licensure candidates, supervisors, and mentors to best prepare for the challenges of the future,” said Terry Allers, President of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, a week four sponsor. “Only through proper mentorship and effective resources can the next generation of architects, and other architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals, be energized to improve the built environment for everyone.”

“LIUNA is proud to work with the International Code Council in promoting the importance of training in construction,” said Terry O’Sullivan, LIUNA General President, a week four sponsor. “As a highly skilled and experienced union workforce, training and safety are key to every project for the half-million members of LIUNA who build the infrastructure of the United States and Canada.”

The Code Council will host its final installment of the Building Safety Month Webinar Series on Friday, May 29, at 1:00 PM ET. The 90-minute free webinar will address deck safety, the codes and the second edition of the Code Council’s Deck Code and Education publication. The book, which will be available this summer, consists of ten chapters that provide every 2018 International Residential Code provision related to decks. Author and codes expert Glenn Mathewson will explain one overlooked or misunderstood provision from each chapter of the book. To register for the upcoming webinar, click here.

Learn more and download free resources about training and building industry career opportunities here. Join the conversation online using the hashtag #BuildingSafety365.

About the International Code Council

The International Code Council is a nonprofit association that provides a wide range of building safety solutions including product evaluation, accreditation, certification, codification and training. It develops model codes and standards used worldwide to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.