CAMDEN, NJ– In the month of October, Camden County has found out of 20 coronavirus-related deaths. On Wednesday, 89 brand-new infections make up the more than 280 reported today, and the virus' positivity rate is presently 3.5%– compared to simply over 1% in the summer months.
All to state, according to Freeholder Jonathan Young on Thursday, that the county and the country as a whole are “at the beginning of what's likely to be a really difficult period.”
“It's difficult to compare where we are now to where we remained in the [earlier] days of this pandemic. When we initially started tracking the infection, screening was exceptionally limited and scheduled for only clients revealing major signs. Knowing what we know now about asymptomatic cases, we can presume that there are a lot more cases of COVID-19 going unnoticed,” Young stated throughout a virtual coronavirus press briefing in Blackwood on Thursday early morning.
Young was joined by Congressman Donald Norcross and Dr. Reginald Blaber, Virtua's Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer.
“The variety of patients with COVID-19 in our healthcare facilities has actually tripled in the last couple weeks, and when you look throughout the country, it's intriguing that to there are 2 phenomenons that are occurring. One is the patients who are being admitted to healthcare facilities with COVID-19 are now younger in age. Usually, the age is 40 and last spring, the age was well into the 60s,” stated Blaber. “The factor is … I believe older folks are a lot more careful and are a lot more most likely to be using masks, socially distancing, not always consuming inside, [or] going to celebrations.”
Blaber stated the 2nd noteworthy pattern is – due to what's been discovered the breathing infection – the mortality rate of patients admitted to medical facilities is decreasing across the country. Still, the physician compared the lack of safety measure on the part of youth to “playing Russian roulette with yourself and your family.”
Gov. Phil Murphy similarly cautioned the state during his own virtual interview Thursday – mentioning that there are now more than 16,300 COVID-19 deaths and over 234,000 cases in New Jersey.
The numbers, “continue to show that the 2nd wave of the coronavirus is no longer something off in the future,” Murphy said. “It is coming and it is can be found in now.”
The governor reported 1,477 brand-new cases, a dozen successive days with over 1,000 new cases, and a minimum of eight more deaths. As of Wednesday, 1,072 patients were being dealt with for the coronavirus in the state (226 still waiting for lab-confirmation).
“We have been seeing the varieties of new cases grow tremendously throughout the previous numerous weeks,” Murphy said. “And, in addition to that, the numbers of clients being treated in our healthcare facilities has similarly been on the rise.”
While going over the circulation of a coronavirus vaccine, as soon as one is established, Norcross said residents must be wary that it won't be readily available to all right away.
“The federal government– through the military– has actually the infrastructure put together for the vaccine to be dispersed,” stated Norcross, “and I believe that when the vaccine does come out, the Department of Health is going to direct it first at frontline employees … be it firemen, cops, healthcare employees, and after that those at greatest risk.”
On Thursday, Cooper University Health Care said it would end up being the second healthcare system in the U.S. to put the Heroes Health health app to utilize.
The app is geared toward the psychological health of frontline workers and very first responders in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Data collected anonymously from lots of hundreds or thousands of users from institutions throughout the nation will be evaluated to better understand the tensions dealt with by frontline health care employees throughout the pandemic and to help style psychological health resources for workers in the future, for instance in future pandemics or natural disasters,” stated Dr. Christopher Jones, head of the department of clinical research in Cooper's Emergency Medicine Department.
Jones stated data will likewise be useful to establish additional resources to assist medical personnel, “handle the effects of work-related tension before they reach crucial phases.”
Camden County will launch the latest COVID-19 figures later Thursday. See today's press conference below: