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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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Education Recent News

Atlantic Cape Community College to Open Fall Semester on Aug. 31 with On-Campus & Remote Learning Options

With the recent lifting of Governor Murphy’s “Stay-at-Home” order, Atlantic Cape is preparing for students to take courses this fall. The College will offer limited face-to-face classes, which may include courses that require hands-on labs like culinary, health sciences, and other related courses.

Atlantic Cape’s President, Dr. Barbara Gaba, said, “The reopening of the campuses will be a measured and gradual approach to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. Our Coronavirus Task Force has developed a comprehensive reopening plan and is reviewing all cleaning and sanitizing protocols, to ensure that Atlantic Cape can provide the necessary in-person services (such as Financial Aid, Admissions, and Advising) for student success.”

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Atlantic Cape will provide loaner computers to students who need them, as well as a host of remote student services, including tutoring, counseling, online student club activities, career services, and advising. Atlantic Cape has also increased their online tutoring services, so it is available to students 24/7.

The College is currently continuing with their online classes for the Summer, with some courses available for the second summer session that begins June 29 and the third session on July 13. The first classes for Fall 2020 begin August 31. Atlantic Cape has a range of scholarships available to all students, an emergency fund for students impacted by COVID-19, and the Tuition-Free Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) is open to anyone who meets the state’s criteria.

Any interested student for credit or non-credit classes can visit Atlantic Cape – www. atlantic.edu/registration to register for Summer and Fall classes online.

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Bright Side Recent News

Federal Railroad Administration Announces More Than $500,000 to Deter Trespassing

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) awarded more than half a million dollars in Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grants to law enforcement agencies today to support life-saving trespass abatement in multiple states.

“This money will help local law enforcement agencies deter people from taking unnecessary risks around railroad tracks, while continuing the focus on those specific populations that are known to subject themselves to such risks around railroad tracks,” FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory said.

FRA is announcing funds, totaling $528,028, to 11 projects in six states: California, Florida, Massachusetts, Montana, North Carolina and New Jersey. The agency received a total of 23 eligible applications for the grant program.

In awarding the grants, FRA focused on trespass hot spots — geographic areas where law enforcement agencies have witnessed high instances of the behavior. Between 2014 and 2018, FRA research confirmed 4,721 trespass incidents resulting in 2,412 deaths in the United States.

This grant program exemplifies priorities outlined in FRA’s National Strategy to Prevent Trespassing on Railroad Property, which the agency issued in 2018. These include funding and developing partnerships among stakeholders well-positioned to assist their communities.

In making these grant selections, FRA afforded preference to 10 states with the highest numbers of trespass-related incidents. FRA then considered geographic diversity and applicants using innovative approaches to saving lives.

Law enforcement agency grantees will report their programmatic outcomes, ensuring agencies meet project goals through the activities negotiated in their agreements with FRA. These agencies will also provide other activity details, including the rationale for the selected enforcement activities. This information will contribute to the wealth of research FRA incorporates into its national life-saving efforts.

“Local law enforcement officers know these areas and the residents’ needs, so we’re investing to help them serve their communities,” Batory said. “This work and resulting information will help us save even more lives.”

FRA will provide law enforcement grants to cover officer wages for the projects below. Read more about the projects here.

California

  • Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board Reducing Trespassing on Caltrain Right-of-Way — Up to $48,500
  • San Bernardino Police Department Operation Safe Rails — Up to $80,000
  • Southern California Regional Rail Authority Metrolink Trespasser Reduction Task Force — Up to $50,008

Florida

  • Broward Sheriff’s Office Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant — Up to $80,000
  • City of Jacksonville Railroad Trespassing Education and Enforcement Project — Up to $20,100
  • Hollywood Police Department Trespassing Pilot Grant Program Operation Fast Track — Up to $50,000
  • Tampa Police Department Trespassing Prevention Program — Up to $41,920

Massachusetts

  • City of Fitchburg Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Program — Up to $7,500

Montana

  • Billings Police Department Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant — Up to $50,000

North Carolina

  • Greensboro Police Department Railway Trespass Initiative — Up to $40,000

New Jersey

  • New Jersey Transit Police Department FY19 Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant — Up to $60,000
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Feature Stories Recent News

Bellmawr Traffic Advisory: Expect Creek Road Eastbound Lane Closures as Missing Moves Project Advances

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced on July 7, 2020 that Creek Road eastbound over I-295 will be closed during the day on Wednesday, July 8 with alternating traffic to establish a traffic shift as the I-295/Route 42 Missing Moves project advances in Bellmawr, Camden County.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, until 3:30 p.m., NJDOT’s contractor, South State Inc., is scheduled to close Creek Road eastbound between Booth Drive and Essex Avenue to re-stripe the roadway and implement a new traffic pattern.

When complete, Creek Road will be narrowed to one 11-foot lane in each direction with eastbound and westbound traffic shifted to the eastbound side of the Bridge over I-295.

Next week, construction barriers will be placed to create a work zone in the westbound lanes in preparation of bridge demolition.

The $180 million federally-funded project will build new ramps connecting Route 42 northbound to I-295 southbound, and I-295 northbound to Route 42 southbound in order to allow for the direct movement of traffic between the two roadways.

These are commonly known as the “missing moves.” The project will also include the demolition and reconstruction of the Creek Road Bridge over I-295 between Route 42 and Almonesson Road.

The majority of the project will be built off of the roadways and will have minimal impact on traffic on Route 42 and I-295.  The project is expected to be completed in late 2023.

Variable Message Signs are being utilized to provide advance notification to the motoring public of all traffic pattern changes associated with the work. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors.

Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for construction updates and real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow on Twitter @NJDOT_info or on the NJDOT Facebook page.

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Feature Stories Recent News

Statement From Smoke Free Atlantic City Coalition — A program of Atlantic Prevention Resources

On behalf of the numerous casino employees with whom we have worked for many years, our regional tobacco collaboratives, and all of our local partners, we would like to thank the State of New Jersey for the temporary restriction on indoor smoking in Atlantic City casinos.

We support this temporary restriction in order to protect the health and safety of casino workers and guests, all of their loved ones and the general public.

In order to help slow the spread and reduce susceptibility to contracting COVID-19, we support this temporary measure, so that Atlantic City can get back to work while also protecting public health by preventing the spread of disease. We acknowledge that the local and regional economy depends on the success of the casinos and we are here to help with the implementation of these new rules restricting indoor smoking. We are also able to provide free smoking cessation treatment to people who live or work in Atlantic County and referrals for those outside of our area.

The health and safety of casino employees, guests and the general public must be paramount at this time.

Robert Zlotnick, Ph.D.
President and Executive Director of Atlantic Prevention Resources Co-Founder of Smoke Free Atlantic City

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