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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:

On July 8, 2020, the Camden County Department of Health announced 50 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Camden County. This brings the aggregate number of confirmed positive cases to 8,031 in Camden County today and 479 total fatalities.

“Today, Governor Murphy announced a new mandate requiring the use of face masks outdoors when social distancing is not possible,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “We know that the wearing of masks is our best weapon in the fight against coronavirus. It is imperative that we all understand that the decision to wear a mask while in public is not a political statement, it is a public health decision that directly impacts the people around. This is a small sacrifice compared to the threat this virus poses to our community. Please, if you cannot maintain appropriate distance from others, even if you are outdoors, wear a mask or face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

The Department of Health is announcing 50 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 1,319 confirmed resident cases and 493 staff cases have occurred out of the aggregate case load of 8,031 in our 56 long-term care facilities. At this time, 303 resident deaths have been reported from these facilities, as well as three staff deaths, out of our 479 total fatalities countywide.

The following information is currently available regarding new patients:

New Patient 1: Female, 40s, Barrington
New Patient 2: Female, 30s, Camden City
New Patient 3: Male, 30s, Camden City
New Patient 4: Male, 30s, Camden City
New Patient 5: Male, 70s, Camden City
New Patient 6: Female, 30s, Camden City
New Patient 7: Male, 40s, Camden City
New Patient 8: Female, 30s, Camden City
New Patient 9: Male, 50s, Camden City
New Patient 10: Male, 50s, Camden City
New Patient 11: Female, 70s, Camden City
New Patient 12: Female, 30s, Camden City
New Patient 13: Male, 50s, Camden City
New Patient 14: Female, 70s, Camden City
New Patient 15: Male, 70s, Camden City
New Patient 16: Male, 30s, Camden City
New Patient 17: Male, Unknown, Cherry Hill
New Patient 18: Male, 70s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 19: Female, 80s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 20: Female, 80s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 21: Female, 80s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 22: Male, 70s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 23: Male, 80s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 24: Male, 20s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 25: Male, 30s, Cherry Hill
New Patient 26: Male, 20s, Collingswood
New Patient 27: Female, 30s, Gloucester City
New Patient 28: Male, 60s, Gloucester City
New Patient 29: Female, 60s, Gloucester Twp.
New Patient 30: Female, 50s, Gloucester Twp.
New Patient 31: Female, 20s, Gloucester Twp.
New Patient 32: Female, 30s, Gloucester Twp.
New Patient 33: Female, 30s, Gloucester Twp.
New Patient 34: Male, 40s, Gloucester Twp.
New Patient 35: Male, 20s, Haddon Heights
New Patient 36: Female, 70s, Lawnside
New Patient 37: Female, 30s, Lawnside
New Patient 38: Male, Juvenile, Oaklyn
New Patient 39: Female, 30s, Pennsauken
New Patient 40: Female, 40s, Pennsauken
New Patient 41: Female, 30s, Pennsauken
New Patient 42: Female, 20s, Pine Hill
New Patient 43: Male, 50s, Somerdale
New Patient 44: Male, 50s, Voorhees
New Patient 45: Female, 80s, Voorhees
New Patient 46: Female, 80s, Voorhees
New Patient 47: Male, 60s, Waterford Twp.
New Patient 48: Male, 20s, Waterford Twp.
New Patient 49: Male, 80s, Winslow Twp.
New Patient 50: Male, 10s, Winslow Twp.

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 July 8, 2020, the Gloucester County Department of Health and Human Services and Office of Emergency Management have announced 15 additional cases of COVID-19.

As of July 8, 2020, Gloucester County has conducted 23,891 total tests. Of these cases, 20,204 have come back negative.

Gloucester County’s total positive COVID-19 case count is now 2,687.

Gloucester County has reported 184 deaths. A full list including age, sex and municipality is available here: http://gloucestercountynj.gov/documents/COVID19CASESLATESTUPDATE7.08.20.pdf?fbclid=IwAR21eLTRJvaN3ZsOYvWSwE1qC–4vRNWvV6DouGy-wegNyo2kI7CFo4-ls4

Information on COVID-19 deaths in Gloucester County begins on page 56.

Image Credit: Gloucester County

Gloucester County COVID-19 Cases by Town

Clayton Borough
Cases: 77
Deaths: 1

Deptford Township
Cases: 567
Deaths: 76

East Greenwich Township
Cases: 55
Deaths: 1

Elk Township
Cases: 33
Deaths: 1

Franklin Township
Cases: 82
Deaths: 4

Glassboro Borough
Cases: 148
Deaths: 6

Greenwich Township
Cases: 26
Deaths: 1

Harrison Township
Cases: 70
Deaths: 1

Logan Township
Cases: 44
Deaths: 1

Mantua Township
Cases: 110
Deaths: 2

Monroe Township
Cases: 304
Deaths: 10

National Park Borough
Cases: 19
Deaths: 2

Newfield Borough
Cases: 8
Deaths: 2

Paulsboro Borough
Cases: 68
Deaths: 4

Pitman Borough
Cases: 49
Deaths: 2

South Harrison Township
Cases: 81
Deaths: 0

Swedesboro Borough
Cases: 42
Deaths: 2

Washington Township
Cases: 429
Deaths: 36

Wenonah Borough
Cases: 13
Deaths: 1

West Deptford Township
Cases: 172
Deaths: 17

Westville Borough
Cases: 45
Deaths: 1

Woodbury City
Cases: 103
Deaths: 8

Woodbury Heights Borough
Cases: 21
Deaths: 1

Woolwich Township
Cases: 106
Deaths: 4

Statewide Data

Credit: New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard

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

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Lindenwold Man Admits Trafficking High-Dosage Oxycodone Pills as Part of Camden & Gloucester City Drug Rings

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden County, New Jersey, man admitted on July 7, 2020 that he bought and sold 80 milligram oxycodone pills as part of his role in drug trafficking operations based in Gloucester City and Camden, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Wayne Muse, 73, of Lindenwold, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of oxycodone and one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute a quantity of oxycodone.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Muse and others, including Rocco DePoder and Erick Bell, allegedly agreed to distribute oxycodone in South Jersey between January and March 2020.

On Feb. 13 and 14, 2020, Muse communicated with DePoder using the telephone – in communications that were intercepted during a wiretap investigation led by the FBI – and arranged to sell DePoder 60 80 mg. oxycodone pills, which Muse planned to purchase from an individual identified as “Seller-1.” On Feb. 14, 2020, DePoder paid Muse $600, and Muse used $300 of that money to buy the 60 oxycodone pills from Seller-1. Muse then provided the 60 oxycodone pills to DePoder, keeping the remaining $300. Between January and March 2020, Muse also sold oxycodone pills to Bell.

Each count of the information carries a maximum prison term of 20 years and a maximum fine of $1 million.

Others, including DePoder and Bell, were charged in criminal complaints in March 2020.  Their cases are pending, and they are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of FBI Philadelphia Division, South Jersey Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Driscoll; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert; the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Gilbert L. Wilson; the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, under the direction of Director Jared M. Maples; the Camden County Police Department, under the direction of Chief Joseph Wysocki; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Bethanne M. Dinkins, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. He also thanked the FBI Newark Division, New Jersey State Police, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gabriel J. Vidoni of the Office’s Camden branch and Sara F. Merin of the Newark Office.

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Camden County Summer Events Cancelled Due to COVID-19

(Camden, NJ) – In light of the threat still posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Camden County Freeholder Board is announcing the cancellation of all in-person summer programming, including its annual 4th of July celebration on the Camden Waterfront.

“In Camden County, we have always tried to provide a robust catalog of summer activities like concerts, festivals, and other programming where our residents can gather together during the summer,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “Unfortunately, the public health crisis facing us this year has turned otherwise engaging, exciting events into dangerous opportunities for the coronavirus to spread. With the health and safety of our community in mind, we’ve determined that the best course of action is to eliminate unnecessary public gatherings for the summer season.”

Cancellations and rescheduling information are regularly being updated on the county’s webpage. Residents seeking additional recreational activities can also visit the page for more information on the region’s wineries, breweries, and attractions which are offering limited in-person programming during the summer months. The page is also being regularly updated to highlight opportunities for online engagement and virtual experiences that can offer fun for the whole family.

“Even with this unfortunate news, there are still countless ways to enjoy the summer thanks to the incredible businesses and attractions that call Camden County home,” Cappelli said. “Whether it is outdoor dining, a trip to the Camden County Driving Range, or a virtual tour of a nearby art exhibit, we hope everyone will be able to find something to enjoy in community until it is safe to bring back the events that we have all come to look forward to.”

Additional information regarding Camden County’s preparations, response, and general information provided to the public is available by visiting camdencounty.com. Residents should frequently check the county webpage and social media for up-to-date information.

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Gloucester/ Camden/ Salem County Medical Examiner’s Office Asks for Assistance In Locating Next of Kin


The following deceased individuals remain unclaimed at the Gloucester/Camden/Salem County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Anyone that is a relative or knows of a relative of these individuals is asked to call the Office of the Medical Examiner at (856)218-4190.

The deceased individuals are:

  • Ronald Elum
  • Emily French
  • Randi Krow
  • Anthony Powell
  • Bernard Roney
  • Walter Rutkowski

If the Medical Examiner’s Office does not receive a response to this notice regarding any of the deceased individuals on or before August 6, 2020, arrangements will be made for immediate burial without further notice.

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Camden County College Testing Site to End Operations on June 26

(Gloucester Township, NJ) – The COVID-19 testing site located at Camden County College in Gloucester Township will cease operations at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 26. The Blackwood site has been operated jointly by the Camden County Freeholder Board, Department of Health, and Jefferson Health New Jersey since April 15, and prioritized first responders, healthcare workers and other frontline, essential personnel throughout the pandemic. 

The closure comes after hours of operation were adjusted in late May in an effort to expand the availability of services to residents in need of testing. In the month since, appointments at the site have continued to drop as the spread of COVID-19 in Camden County and throughout New Jersey appeared to slow considerably. The average number of new cases per day in the county dropped by roughly 60 percent over this span. Area residents are reminded that it is safe to go to their primary care provider if they are not feeling well.

“We have observed a concurrent reduction in testing appointments at the site, as cases throughout Camden County and the region have continued to fall. At this time, we feel confident that the site at Camden County College has served its purpose and can cease operations without impacting the availability of resources in the community,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. “Testing capacity among healthcare providers and businesses like Rite Aid and CVS has increased significantly since the beginning of this pandemic. With our cases showing serious decline, there is no longer a significant need for a site at this location. Rest assured, the Freeholder Board will be standing by and will be prepared to respond if these factors change.”

The Board will continue to operate its remaining testing site in Camden City, located at 3101 Federal Street. More information on testing and appointment is available at camdencounty.com.

Jefferson Health New Jersey continues to operate two drive-through testing sites in Cherry Hill and Washington Township. For more information, visit: https://newjersey.jeffersonhealth.org