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

This post is regularly updated. 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

On March 3, 2021, the Camden County Department of Health announced 104 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Camden County.

This brings the aggregate number of confirmed positive cases to 39,682 in Camden County today and 1,068 total fatalities.

“While we are in a much better place than we were a few months ago, we must remain vigilant in order to ensure that COVID-19 does not spike again in our community,” said County Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “Even with vaccinations underway, this pandemic still has the potential to do incredible damage in the coming weeks and months. Now is not the time to stop wearing masks or crowd into small, indoor spaces. Now is the time to double down and beat this virus once and for all.”

In addition, the county Department of Health also announced 2,311 confirmed resident cases and 1,317 staff cases have occurred out of the aggregate case load of 39,682 in the county’s 56 long-term care facilities.

At this time, 459 resident deaths have been reported from these facilities, as well as seven staff deaths, out of our 1,068 total fatalities countywide.

The following information is currently available regarding new patients:

New Patient 1: MALE, 30s, AUDUBON BOROUGH 
New Patient 2: MALE, 30s, BARRINGTON BOROUGH 
New Patient 3: FEMALE, 20s, BARRINGTON BOROUGH 
New Patient 4: FEMALE, 30s, BARRINGTON BOROUGH 
New Patient 5: FEMALE, 20s, BARRINGTON BOROUGH 
New Patient 6: MALE, 20s, BARRINGTON BOROUGH 
New Patient 7: MALE, 10s, BARRINGTON BOROUGH 
New Patient 8: FEMALE, 20s, BARRINGTON BOROUGH 
New Patient 9: FEMALE, 50s, BELLMAWR BOROUGH 
New Patient 10: FEMALE, 10s, BELLMAWR BOROUGH 
New Patient 11: FEMALE, 60s, BELLMAWR BOROUGH 
New Patient 12: MALE, 40s, BELLMAWR BOROUGH 
New Patient 13: FEMALE, 40s, BERLIN BOROUGH 
New Patient 14: FEMALE, 40s, BERLIN BOROUGH 
New Patient 15: FEMALE, 80s, CAMDEN CITY 
New Patient 16: MALE, 40s, CAMDEN CITY 
New Patient 17: MALE, 20s, CAMDEN CITY 
New Patient 18: FEMALE, 30s, CAMDEN CITY 
New Patient 19: FEMALE, 20s, CAMDEN CITY 
New Patient 20: MALE, 50s, CAMDEN CITY 
New Patient 21: FEMALE, 50s, CAMDEN CITY 
New Patient 22: MALE, 30s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 23: FEMALE, 10s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 24: MALE, 30s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 25: FEMALE, 20s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 26: FEMALE, 10s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 27: MALE, 70s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 28: FEMALE, 40s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 29: MALE, 40s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 30: FEMALE, 40s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 31: FEMALE, 30s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 32: FEMALE, 50s, CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 33: MALE, 60s, CHESILHURST BOROUGH 
New Patient 34: FEMALE, 10s, CLEMENTON BOROUGH 
New Patient 35: MALE, 10s, COLLINGSWOOD BOROUGH 
New Patient 36: FEMALE, 30s, COLLINGSWOOD BOROUGH 
New Patient 37: FEMALE, 10s, COLLINGSWOOD BOROUGH 
New Patient 38: MALE, 30s, COLLINGSWOOD BOROUGH 
New Patient 39: FEMALE, 40s, GLOUCESTER CITY 
New Patient 40: MALE, 10s, GLOUCESTER CITY 
New Patient 41: FEMALE, 20s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 42: MALE, 10s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 43: MALE, 40s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 44: FEMALE, 40s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 45: MALE, 20s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 46: MALE, 10s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 47: FEMALE, 10s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 48: MALE, 40s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 49: FEMALE, 60s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 50: FEMALE, 30s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 51: MALE, 30s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 52: MALE, 40s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 53: MALE, 20s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 54: MALE, 40s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 55: MALE, JUVENILE, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 56: FEMALE, 30s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 57: FEMALE, 50s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 58: MALE, 20s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 59: FEMALE, 30s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 60: FEMALE, 40s, GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 61: FEMALE, 30s, HADDON HEIGHTS BOROUGH 
New Patient 62: MALE, 50s, HADDON TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 63: MALE, 50s, HADDON TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 64: MALE, 40s, HADDONFIELD BOROUGH 
New Patient 65: MALE, JUVENILE, LAWNSIDE BOROUGH 
New Patient 66: FEMALE, JUVENILE, LAWNSIDE BOROUGH 
New Patient 67: MALE, 10s, LINDENWOLD BOROUGH 
New Patient 68: MALE, 10s, LINDENWOLD BOROUGH 
New Patient 69: MALE, 40s, LINDENWOLD BOROUGH 
New Patient 70: FEMALE, JUVENILE, LINDENWOLD BOROUGH 
New Patient 71: MALE, 40s, LINDENWOLD BOROUGH 
New Patient 72: MALE, 30s, LINDENWOLD BOROUGH 
New Patient 73: MALE, 30s, MOUNT EPHRAIM BOROUGH 
New Patient 74: MALE, 30s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 75: FEMALE, 30s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 76: MALE, 10s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 77: FEMALE, 10s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 78: FEMALE, 20s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 79: FEMALE, 20s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 80: FEMALE, 40s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 81: MALE, 10s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 82: MALE, 10s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 83: FEMALE, 10s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 84: MALE, 30s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 85: MALE, 10s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 86: FEMALE, 40s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 87: FEMALE, 10s, PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 88: FEMALE, 20s, PINE HILL BOROUGH 
New Patient 89: FEMALE, 70s, PINE HILL BOROUGH 
New Patient 90: FEMALE, 30s, PINE HILL BOROUGH 
New Patient 91: FEMALE, 40s, RUNNEMEDE BOROUGH 
New Patient 92: FEMALE, 30s, RUNNEMEDE BOROUGH 
New Patient 93: FEMALE, 70s, RUNNEMEDE BOROUGH 
New Patient 94: FEMALE, 50s, SOMERDALE BOROUGH 
New Patient 95: MALE, 50s, SOMERDALE BOROUGH 
New Patient 96: MALE, 20s, VOORHEES TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 97: MALE, 50s, VOORHEES TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 98: FEMALE, 20s, VOORHEES TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 99: MALE, 50s, WATERFORD TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 100: FEMALE, 80s, WINSLOW TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 101: FEMALE, 50s, WINSLOW TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 102: MALE, 20s, WINSLOW TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 103: MALE, 50s, WINSLOW TOWNSHIP 
New Patient 104: FEMALE, 10s, WINSLOW TOWNSHIP

The county Health Department is currently working to trace close contacts of these newest cases.

For those residents who are having difficulty coping with the COVID-19 crisis, please call the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc. at (877) 294- HELP (4357) between the hours of 8AM to 8PM for emotional support, guidance and mental health referrals as needed.

For additional information and services, call Camden County’s Office of Mental Health & Addiction at (856) 374-6361.

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, or text NJCOVID to 898-211.

Camden County COVID-19 Cases by Town 

Camden County COVID-19 Vaccination Center

The Camden County Board of Commissioners, in a joint public health effort with Cooper University Health Care and Jefferson Health – New Jersey, will begin vaccinating individuals at the Camden County Vaccination Center located at Camden County College – Blackwood Campus.

On-line scheduling is available. Click here to read more.

Gloucester County:

On March 3, 2021, Gloucester County announced an additional 51 cases of COVID-19.

As of March 3, 2021, Gloucester County has conducted 149,173 total tests.

Of these cases, 128,884 have come back negative.

Gloucester County’s total positive COVID-19 case count is now 20,289.

Gloucester County is reporting 516 deaths.

A full list of today’s reported cases and deaths, including age, sex and municipality, is available here:

https://www.gloucestercountynj.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4657/COVID-CASES-LATEST-UPDATE-3321?bidId&fbclid=IwAR3JnP2Urs5kU9MjB-btSFGngHwng_Xc51lyDWBsYuMVB6MubQCLwTJ97as

Gloucester County COVID-19 Cases by Town

Clayton Borough
Cases: 597
Deaths: 4

Deptford Township
Cases: 2,539
Deaths: 124

East Greenwich Township
Cases: 726
Deaths: 20

Elk Township
Cases: 276
Deaths: 7

Franklin Township
Cases: 1,049
Deaths: 15

Glassboro Borough
Cases: 1,754
Deaths: 23

Greenwich Township
Cases: 320
Deaths: 9

Harrison Township
Cases: 824
Deaths: 10

Logan Township
Cases: 304
Deaths: 3

Mantua Township
Cases: 1,070
Deaths: 14

Monroe Township
Cases: 2,436
Deaths: 52

National Park Borough
Cases: 185
Deaths: 4

Newfield Borough
Cases: 91
Deaths: 2

Paulsboro Borough
Cases: 390
Deaths: 8

Pitman Borough
Cases: 524
Deaths: 8

South Harrison Township
Cases: 263
Deaths: 0

Swedesboro Borough
Cases: 172
Deaths: 2

Washington Township
Cases: 3,197
Deaths: 115

Wenonah Borough
Cases: 103
Deaths: 4

West Deptford Township
Cases: 1,447
Deaths: 39

Westville Borough
Cases: 327
Deaths: 7

Woodbury City
Cases: 643
Deaths: 38

Woodbury Heights Borough
Cases: 211
Deaths: 1

Woolwich Township
Cases: 786
Deaths: 5

Unknown
Cases: 4
Deaths:

Statewide Data

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

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Bright Side Covid-19

South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund Helps Students Continue Education At Our Lady of Mercy Academy

Haddonfield, NJ – Our Lady of Mercy Academy (OLMA), a private Catholic all-girls high school, recently received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of South Jersey’s (CFSJ) COVID-19 Response Fund.

One-hundred percent of the critical funds were appropriated to students and families with need.

With major fundraising events having to be canceled, one-hundred percent of the grant was used to provide additional financial aid for families in need. 

“Having personally experienced the impact of a Covid-related job loss, this grant helped to alleviate some of the pressure we are feeling,” one OLMA parent said. “With my daughter in her senior year, and with my job eliminated back in May, we had to take a hard look at the financial realities facing our family.  We were determined to find a way to keep her at OLMA for her final year, but not completely certain where the money would come from to make that happen in this difficult economy. Every scholarship or alternate source of funding is important, and this particular grant certainly helped us in that respect. We are grateful to the Community Foundation of South Jersey and OLMA for their help.” 

“Thanks to the Community Foundation of South Jersey, several OLMA families received some much-needed assistance to bridge the gap created by this year’s unprecedented challenges,” said Brooke A. Coyle, Head of School.  “We encourage our students to find a way to be the light for someone else every day.  We were able to do just that and more for these families, and we could not be more grateful for the Community Foundation of South Jersey’s compassion and support.”

“We are impressed by the generosity of the OLMA family as they have worked tirelessly to provide a world-class education for young women in South Jersey,” said CFSJ Executive Director Andy Fraizer. “We are proud to support their mission of empowering young women to be at the forefront of positive change in our communities, and to achieve their potential.”

The South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund continues to assist local nonprofits that need support in order to serve communities impacted by the pandemic.

If you would like to support the only such fund where donations stay in our South Jersey region, please visit www.southjerseyresponsefund.org.

About Our Lady of Mercy Academy

Our Lady of Mercy Academy (OLMA) is a college preparatory, all-girls Catholic high school in Franklin Township, New Jersey.  

It was founded by the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1962. As the only all-girls high school in Southern New Jersey, OLMA empowers young women to lead a world of change and achieve their full potential as individuals, scholars, athletes, leaders, and in service to others.  

Rooted in the Catholic faith and guided by the spirit of Saint Mary Joseph Rossello, the OLMA school community thrives on a sisterhood that celebrates differences and the unique gifts God has provided each individual; pride, passion, and purpose in their actions; and a caring environment of unconditional acceptance, support, and achievement.  

For more information about Our Lady of Mercy Academy, please visit www.olmanj.org.

About the Community Foundation of South Jersey

The 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 www.CommunityFoundationSJ.org.

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Covid-19 Recent News

Camden County COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Underway; To Expand in Coming Weeks

(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Board of Commissioners has opened a COVID-19 vaccination site at Camden County College. 

The site will be supported by volunteers from Cooper University Health Care, Jefferson Health – New Jersey, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, and Rutgers College of Nursing and operate six days a week, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will administer 500 vaccinations a day.

To register for a vaccination by the state mandated phase individuals can go to www.CamdenCountyVaccine.com.

County Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli, Jr., talked about the importance of getting this vaccine into the hands of the public as quickly as possible.

“We all want to see an end to this pandemic and the more people who are vaccinated, the quicker we will see a return to the lives we use to know. For the first time since March there is light on the horizon,” Cappelli said. “This is an unprecedented vaccination effort that takes significant logistics and coordination to get the vaccine to everyone who wants it. The State of New Jersey ultimately determines the number of doses available and the timing about who is eligible to receive them. Nevertheless, getting this vaccine out to the public is one of the most important duties we have to protect the health and welfare of our residents and we are going to do everything possible to achieve that objective at Camden County College and hopefully other locations soon.”

Cooper University Health Care has been a vital medical partner to the county throughout the pandemic and will now take on the critical process of vaccine distribution.

Both CEOs of the organization talked about the dedication they have to the region and its residents.

“Cooper is committed to working with state and local officials to ensure everyone who wants a vaccine will be able to get one in the Southern New Jersey region as we enter a new phase of vaccine distribution and battling this pandemic,” said Kevin O’Dowd, JD, co-CEO of Cooper.

“Just as we have been committed to providing testing and caring for those afflicted with COVID-19, Cooper is focused on protecting the community by educating and encouraging people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and ensuring an effective vaccination program,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, co-CEO of Cooper.

Jefferson Health – New Jersey has also provided support and logistics to the vaccination site and has been a valued partner in this mission to provide access to the vaccine. The healthcare system has also played a key role in providing testing and medical professionals to the county over the course of the pandemic.

“Jefferson Health is pleased to be able partner with Camden County in this important vaccination program,” said President Brian Sweeney. “Since the start of the pandemic, we have worked closely with Camden County through the establishment and staffing of various testing sites. Now, we are excited to provide staffing and support for this new vaccination program. Vaccination is our best protection against COVID-19 and we are honored to do all we can to help frontline healthcare workers – and eventually, members of the public – receive this vaccine.”

The four-lane vaccination site will be staffed by public health employees, staff from both healthcare institutions and medical students from Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) and the Rutgers-Camden School of Nursing. Both organizations will have a key role in administering the vaccine and performing other functions in support of the clinic at the college campus.

The Cooper Medical School and Rutgers Nursing students were vaccinated by Cooper to build the volunteer workforce for the vaccination site.

“This is the largest public health mass mobilization event in our lifetimes, and our medical student volunteers are ready and willing to do their part,” explains Annette C. Reboli, MD, dean of CMSRU. “Nearly 200 students have already received training in all aspects of operating a clinic, from registration, to administering vaccines, to post-vaccination monitoring. Their engagement is remarkable.”

The Rutgers-Camden Nursing School has been a vital piece to the foundation of the vaccine site.

“Nurses have always been at the front lines of every crisis, and never have we needed a dedicated and knowledgeable corps of nurses more than we do today,” says Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden Dean Donna Nickitas, PhD. “The Rutgers–Camden nursing school is proud that more than 350 of our students will join Rutgers faculty and alumni to be trained in – and then actually implement – the delivery of vaccinations to our South Jersey families and neighbors.”

Across the state, vaccinations are currently being administered to groups within the Phase 1A population, including healthcare personnel and individuals working and living in long-term care facilities (LTCs). Initial vaccinations were provided to qualifying individuals working within hospital settings last month. As the rollout continues, non-hospital based healthcare personnel will also become eligible as part of Phase 1A.

The New Jersey Department of Health currently defines “healthcare personnel” as all paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct and indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Licensed healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists
  • Staff like receptionists, janitors, mortuary services, laboratory technicians
  • Consultants, per diem, and contractors who are not directly employed by the facility
  • Unpaid workers like health professional students, trainees, volunteers, and essential caregivers
  • Community health workers, doulas, and public health professionals like Medical Reserve Corps
  • Personnel with variable venues like EMS, paramedics, and autopsy workers
  • Other paid or unpaid people who work in a healthcare setting, who may have direct or indirect contact with infectious persons or materials, and who cannot work from home

Starting today, vaccinations will be available, by appointment only, to members of Phase 1A population and exceptions in the 1B population concerning firefighters and law enforcement.

“It’s important to emphasize why an approach that prioritizes certain groups is not only appropriate but critical,” Cappelli said. “By vaccinating healthcare personnel, first responders and long-term care residents and employees we can reduce staffing issues that interrupt care to those who contract the virus. This, combined with prioritized vaccinations for groups that face higher mortality rates due to COVID-19, will dramatically reduce the number of deaths caused by this pandemic, and allow our community to safely return to a normal course of business faster than if we distributed the vaccine to all residents, regardless of age, risk, or place of employment, from the onset.”

Once vaccine availability expands, vaccination will advance to Phase 1B (essential frontline workers).

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • First Responders (Already being seen)
  • Energy
  • Education /Childcare
  • Government
  • Transportation
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Water Sanitation
  • Adults over 75 years of age

Then Phase 1C (adults over 65 or with underlying medical conditions), and eventually Phase 2 (general public).

The definitions of these groups remain subject to change, but will be made explicit as the rollout progresses.

Individuals with questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine can call the vaccination information hotline at 1-800-999-9045.

A hotline to assist individuals with scheduling their vaccination appointment will be available in the coming weeks.

More information regarding vaccine distribution in Camden County is being continuously updated on the county’s webpage, available here.

Additional information can be found on the NJDOH webpage, here.

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ShopRite Joins Partnership to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine

ShopRite today recently announced it has joined a partnership with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure Americans have access to the COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available.

The Pharmacy Partnership Strategy for COVID-19 Vaccination Program will provide COVID-19 vaccine coverage to pharmacies across the United States, including select ShopRite pharmacies. Under the federal program, HHS and CDC will work with select ShopRite Pharmacy locations to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines in the communities that ShopRite stores serve.

“We’re proud to take part in this groundbreaking public health campaign, which could significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Jeffrey Mondelli, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy, Health & Beauty at Wakefern Food Corp., the logistics, distribution and merchandising arm for ShopRite stores. “The federal program is aiming to mass immunize the population throughout the spring of 2021, and our pharmacists are up to the challenge and ready to help our communities.”

Under the federal pharmacy program, select ShopRite Pharmacy stores will soon have the opportunity to further support the critical effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by providing increased access to COVID-19 vaccines. ShopRite Pharmacy is also working closely with state and local jurisdictions to participate in earlier phases of the campaign that aim to reach priority populations, including healthcare workers, long-term care facility residents and frontline workers.

With supermarkets throughout the Northeast – many of which are in densely populated areas – ShopRite has been working through the pandemic to ensure that communities have access to fresh foods and necessities. ShopRite stores have adopted recommended safety precautions to keep its associates and shoppers safe, including mask mandates, plexiglass panels, temperature checks and limitations on the number of customers in-store.

“We are proud to partner with the CDC and HHS to offer the vaccine to our shoppers at our participating ShopRite Pharmacy locations once it is available,” added Mondelli. “By working with these federal agencies and a network of pharmacy partners, we can help rapidly expand access to COVID-19 vaccines in the neighborhoods served by our ShopRite Pharmacy stores. This is the next step in helping to revitalize our communities.”

The vaccine will be available at select ShopRite Pharmacy locations. Information on pharmacies that will distribute the vaccine will be provided at a later date.

About ShopRite

ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States.

With nearly 280 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves millions of customers each week.

Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves.

Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated nearly $50 million to food banks that support more than 2,200 worthy charities.

As a title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated $34 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups.

For more information, please visit www.shoprite.com.

*Updated/Corrected December 23, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.

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Covid-19 Feature Stories

Inspira Launches Massive COVID-19 Vaccination Effort

On December 18, 2020, Inspira Health began administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to staff and physicians.

It’s the start of a massive effort to vaccinate thousands of health care workers in just 21 days, and then repeat the process to administer the required second dose 21 days later. 

“Today is a turning point, a day filled with promise and hope,” said Amy Mansue, president and CEO of Inspira Health. “If you look in our archives, you will find articles about the first patient who received penicillin, and black and white photos of children getting the polio vaccine. Without a doubt, today’s events will have their own place in our Inspira archives.”

The massive undertaking to vaccinate employees and physicians has been in the planning stages for several months. The 21-day time frame is aggressive, but realistic.

By way of comparison, the relatively straight forward annual flu vaccination process for employees generally takes about two months and doesn’t require ultra-cold handling of the vaccine or a second dose.

“The planning and logistics would be staggering, even if we were not in the middle of a COVID-19 surge,” said Mansue. “I am incredibly grateful to everyone who has been a part of the process. Your unwavering dedication to this effort will save lives and reduce suffering in our communities and beyond.”

Cathy Vasquez, R.N., B.S.N., a research nurse at Inspira Medical Center Vineland, and Petra Smith, a respiratory therapist at Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill, were the first to receive the vaccine. Inspira has set up vaccination tents at its Mullica Hill and Vineland hospitals, which have the ultra-cold (minus 112 F) freezers needed to store the vaccine.

By noon, a total of 142 employees had been vaccinated.

“As a research nurse, I appreciate the thorough testing and approval process for new drugs, including this vaccine,” said Vasquez. “I am proud to be the first employee on the Vineland campus to be vaccinated. I want to encourage every member of the Inspira family and our community to not be afraid and to get vaccinated as soon as they can.”

“I was apprehensive initially,” said Smith. “As I learned more about the vaccine, it became very clear how important getting vaccinated is for keeping my family and my patients’ safe. And if I can be one of the first to get vaccinated and show others that it’s fine, I’m happy to lead by example.”

Photo of Petra Smith courtesy: Inspira

Vaccine updates are available on the Inspira Health Website. Visit Inspira’s website here.

Members of the community can sign up to be notified when they are eligible to receive the vaccine, which will be provided at no cost.

About Inspira Health

Inspira Health is a charitable nonprofit health care organization and a regional leader in physician training, with approximately 160 medical residents and fellows in 10 nationally accredited specialty programs.

The system, which traces its roots to 1899, comprises three hospitals, two comprehensive cancer centers, several multi-specialty health centers and a total of more than 150 access points.

These include urgent care; outpatient imaging and rehabilitation; sleep medicine labs; cardiac testing facilities; digestive health and wound care centers; home care and hospice; and more than 35 primary and specialty physician practices in Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem, Camden and Atlantic counties.

Together with its medical staff of more than 1,300 physicians and other care providers, as well as more than 6,200 employees, Inspira Health provides evidence-based care to help each patient achieve the best possible outcome.

Accredited by DNV Healthcare, the system’s clinical and support staffs are focused on providing quality care in a safe environment.

For more information about Inspira Health, visit here. visit or call 1-800-INSPIRA.