COLLINGSWOOD, NJ — Three Collingswood residents were among 116 additional cases of new coronavirus identified in Camden County on Tuesday. Trace investigations are underway in all new cases, including cases involving a Collingswood man in his 80s, a Collingswood woman in her 80s and a Collingswood woman in her 40s.
Officials also announced that two Voorhees men — one in his 70s and one in his 90s — have died after testing positive for the coronavirus.
As of Tuesday, there were 2,943 cases of the coronavirus identified in Camden County, with 125 total fatalities.
“Every death caused by this virus is a tragedy,” Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. said. “It is easy to lose sight of just how quickly this pandemic took hold in the United States, and the number of families impacted in two short months is truly heartbreaking. I cannot say this strongly enough: stay home and do not gather in groups. Our state remains under a stay at home order because we have not yet beaten this virus. The more we bend these rules for short term pleasure, the longer this pandemic will ravage our communities. We must continue to stay home and social distance, that is the only way we break the back of this virus and save lives.”
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During a news conference earlier in the day, county officials said the curve is actually flattening in the county, and numbers are inflated due to the rate at which the virus has struck the county’s 56 long-term care facilities.
Out of the county’s 2,943 positive cases, 764 were reported in nursing homes, officials said Tuesday night. Out of 125 fatalities, 103 (82 percent) have occurred in nursing homes.
Camden has also been hit especially hard, which is why the county has decided to open two new drive-through testing sites in Camden. Read more here: Camden County To Open 2 New Coronavirus Test Sites
Here's what else you should know:
- Murphy issued a stay-at-home order, closing all non-essential business at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 21. Read more: Gov. Murphy Announces NJ 'Stay-At-Home' Order Due To Coronavirus
- Murphy, speaking during a Thursday, April 16 press conference, said schools will remain closed through May 15. Read more: Gov. Murphy: NJ Schools Shut Through May 15 In Coronavirus Crisis
- Murphy ordered stores across New Jersey on Wednesday, April 8 to require shoppers to wear face coverings or masks. Here's how you can get yours, and how the new rule will be enforced. Read more: NJ Shoppers Must Wear Masks: Where To Get Them, How It's Enforced
- Here are 10 resources for you and your family to utilize as you navigate through the outbreak: Unemployment, Tests, Food: 10 NJ Resources In Coronavirus Crisis
- New Jersey's courts suspended all new jury trials until further notice, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner said on Thursday, March 12. Read more: Coronavirus Throws Monkey Wrench Into New Jersey Court System
- Murphy said during a live press conference on Wednesday, March 25 that he's ordering many day care centers to shut amid the coronavirus outbreak. Read more: Gov. Murphy To Shut Many Day Care Centers Amid Coronavirus Crisis
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory for New Jersey. Read more: CDC Travel Advisory For NJ: No Coronavirus Travel Ban From Trump
- New Jersey residents are expected to start receiving stimulus payments soon. Here's what you need to do beforehand. Read more: Coronavirus Economic Stimulus Payments: What You Need To Do In NJ
- On Friday, March 27, Murphy allowed more types of New Jersey businesses – including gun sellers – to operate in the coronavirus outbreak. What's open and closed now? Read more: What's Open, Closed? More NJ Business To Operate Amid Coronavirus
- Murphy announced on Tuesday, April 7 that state and county parks will close. Read more: Gov. Murphy Closes Parks On NJ Coronavirus Crisis's Deadliest Day
- Here are four urgent tasks New Jersey wants you to do during the coronavirus outbreak, including wearing a mask. And here's why. Read more: Wear A Mask! 4 Things NJ Wants You To Do In Coronavirus Outbreak
How It Spreads
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.
There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.
While the best way to prevent illness is to avoid virus exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention always recommends taking preventive actions to contain the spread of viruses. This includes:
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
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