Collingswood Man Dies Due To Coronavirus

Anthony Bellano

COLLINGSWOOD, NJ — A Collingswood man in his 60s was among 20 new Camden County residents who have died after testing positive for new coronavirus, officials announced on Sunday.

The total number of fatalities countywide is now 118, 83 (70 percent) of which have occurred in the county’s nursing homes, according to officials.

The Camden County fatalities included:

  • Case 1: Female, 80s, Voorhees
  • Case 2: Female, 70s, Voorhees
  • Case 3: Female, 80s, Voorhees
  • Case 4: Male, 90s, Voorhees
  • Case 5: Female, 60s, Voorhees
  • Case 6: Male, 80s, Voorhees
  • Case 7: Female, 80s, Voorhees
  • Case 8: Female, 80s, Voorhees
  • Case 9: Female, 80s, Voorhees
  • Case 10: Male, 90s, Waterford
  • Case 11: Female, 70s, Cherry Hill
  • Case 12: Female, 80s, Cherry Hill
  • Case 13: Male, 60s, Camden
  • Case 14: Female, 50s, Unknown
  • Case 15: Male, 60s, Camden
  • Case 16: Female, 80s, Cherry Hill
  • Case 17: Male, 70s, Winslow
  • Case 18: Male, 60s, Collingswood
  • Case 19: Female, 90s, Berlin Borough
  • Case 20: Male, 80s, Voorhees

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“This insidious virus continues to take a devastating toll in long-term care facilities throughout our community. My heart is broken by the thought of the families who lost loved ones without being able to visit them or to gather with their families to mourn,” Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. said. “Today marks one of the largest reported death tolls since this pandemic began, while at the same time seeing a relatively low new case count. This underscores the reality that we face as we combat COVID-19. Even as we begin to contain its spread, vulnerable populations face a far greater risk of serious complications. This is why we cannot rush to reopen or return to normal life. We must continue to social distance and stay home in order to save lives.”

The Camden County Department of Health also announced 70 new positive cases on Sunday. According to the Department of Health, 519 of the county’s 2,662 confirmed cases have occurred in the county’s 56 long-term care facilities. Trace investigations are underway in all new cases.

Here's what else you should know:

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.

See related: NJ Coronavirus Updates: Here's What You Need To Know

This article originally appeared on the Collingswood Patch