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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

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

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Water Quality Reports Available Online for New Jersey American Water Customers

CAMDEN, N.J. – June 3, 2020 – New Jersey American Water’s annual Water Quality Reports are now accessible via the company’s website – www.newjerseyamwater.com – under the Water Quality tab.

Each year, New Jersey American Water compiles its annual Water Quality Reports (also called Consumer Confidence Reports) for customers and other stakeholders, detailing the quality of water supplied by the company to each community served. The report outlines the quality of water provided using data from water quality testing conducted in local systems between January and December of 2019. Data collected is shown in comparison to the compliance standards established by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), including regulations specifically related to lead.

“New Jersey American Water is pleased to report that, once again, the drinking water supplied to our customers meets or surpasses both state and federal standards for all regulated substances,” explained Cheryl Norton, president of New Jersey American Water. “When it comes to water quality and regulatory compliance, we’re proud to be a leader. We encourage our customers to read through the information provided in their specific community reports to better understand the work we do and our commitment to providing high-quality water.”

The report gives an overview of local drinking water sources for each community and details the extensive testing conducted on the company’s water each year. Additionally, the report highlights the substances detected in the treated water, as well as the levels of those substances prior to treatment. As an additional layer of education and transparency, the report also details results of tests conducted for certain unregulated compounds, in areas where they are present and thus treated to achieve levels below recommended health guidelines.

New Jersey American Water relies on the expertise of more than 800 professionals across the state to ensure that the water delivered to customers meets or surpasses state and federal standards. From plant operators and engineers to water distribution professionals, these experts continuously monitor and test the water, and maintain facilities and infrastructure across the state to maintain safe, efficient operations.

“Our 2019 results are a testament to our employees’ hard work and dedication to excellence,” said Norton. “Their work is further enhanced through investment in our infrastructure, including treatment plants, tanks, pump stations, pipes, fire hydrants and metering equipment. In 2019 alone, we invested more than $375 million to improve our water treatment and delivery systems across the state. We take what we do very seriously and care about our customers just as much as we care about the quality of our water and service.”

How to Access the Report

Customers can access the Water Quality report specific to their area by going to the Water Quality tab on New Jersey American Water’s website and searching for their report by zip code.

The company also created a video to show customers how to access their reports. Printed copies of the report are available to customers who do not wish to access it online. Customers can call the company’s customer service center at 800-272-1325 to request a hard copy of their local report.

To learn more about New Jersey American Water’s commitment to water education, environmental stewardship and quality service, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com.

About New Jersey American Water

New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.8 million people. For more information, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook

About American Water 

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing.

For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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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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Bellmawr’s 4th of July Parade & Summer Rec Program Cancelled

Bellmawr’s annual Fourth of July Parade and the Summer Recreation Youth Program have both been cancelled this year because of safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We regret to announce that our traditional 4th of July parade and the Summer Youth Program are cancelled due to the continuing restrictions on large gatherings and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic,” an announcement stated on the Borough’s website.

SJO Photo from the 2019 Bellmawr Fourth of July Parade

“Mayor and Council have reached this unfortunate conclusion that the celebration, which attracts hundreds of residents and others, cannot be held. This decision was made with the guidance from both the State and County Officials as well as similar decisions being made by neighboring communities. We are disappointed that we will not be able to celebrate the 4th of July with our Bellmawr families as we have in the past,” the post stated.

Mayor Chuck Sauter said: “We do not want to take any unnecessary chances with the health and well being of our residents as well as those involved in making the parade happen. We look forward to the future when we can all come together at a town wide community event.”

As for the annual Summer Youth Program, that has also been cancelled.

“We are equally regretful that the Summer Youth Program must be canceled. We have not received any guidance from the State on how to proceed with the program. In addition, funding from the Clean Communities Program has not been provided. With restrictions on the use on recreational facilities and social distancing requirements, sadly makes it impossible to run the program. We hope for your understanding in these decisions and look forward to a healthier future,” the post read.

SJO Photo Gallery from the 2019 Fourth of July Parade:

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360 Multi-Family Residential Units, 4-Story Hotel Proposed for Love Drive & Rt. 42, Gloucester Twp.

On June 9, 2020, the Gloucester Township Planning Board will hear the application of M & T Gloucester Partners, LLC pertaining to a designated Redevelopment site in the vicinity of Love Drive and Route 42 in Gloucester Township.

The meeting will be conducted via Zoom teleconference.

The application seeks Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan approval with bulk variances and waivers from the Gloucester Township Land Development Ordinance with respect to the land parcels designated on the Gloucester Township Tax Map as Block 13103, Lots 2, 3, 3.01, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 25, collectively consisting of approximately 24.457 acres in the CR-RD College Drive Redevelopment District.

If approved, the application will also result in lot consolidation of all subject lots, other than lot 25, into two resulting lots — one for the hotel, and one for the residential use. The application proposes a four story, 125 room hotel, a 5,000 square foot clubhouse, and 360 multi-family residential units.

The application will be heard and potentially decided upon at the June 9, 2020 meeting and, if necessary, on such further dates as the Board will  determine, without further published or mailed notice.

All interested parties are invited to attend and be heard. During the public hearing, any interested party will have an opportunity to view the hearing in its entirety, be heard, and ask questions, provide comments or offer evidence.

Click here to be directed to the meeting link on Gloucester Township’s Community Development and Planning’s page.

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