Camden County Coronavirus Cases Spike As Officials Urge Caution – Patch.com

16November 2020

CAMDEN COUNTY, NJ– With the number of coronavirus cases continuing to climb up in Camden County, authorities are asking residents to carefully follow the guv's newest constraints on indoor gatherings for Thanksgiving.

“With Thanksgiving on the horizon, it is important that everybody comprehends what's driving this rise and what we can do to stop it,” Camden County Director Louis Cappelli Jr. said. “The contact tracers at the Camden County Department of Health are continuing to find that small, indoor events are amongst the main methods this virus is spreading. Provided the infection' propensity to spread out through individuals who are infected but asymptomatic, it merely is not safe today to be collecting indoors with people who do not live in your family. We can get this under control if everybody wears a mask and pauses their indoor activity.”

The Camden County Department of Health reported 780 brand-new cases countywide for Nov. 14-16. Since Monday, 15,784 Camden County citizens had actually tested favorable and 588 had passed away considering that the start of the pandemic. Contact tracing is under method in all new cases. Variety of cases broken down by town can be discovered on the county's site.

“These steps have actually come just in time, due to the fact that while the governor did not clearly link his executive order to the coming Thanksgiving vacation, Nov. 26 could considerably inflame our existing crisis if we are not cautious,” Cappelli said. “This year, no one ought to be planning to attend or host indoor Thanksgiving celebrations with people who do not live in their family. If you are still planning such an event, the time has concerned cancel. With cases of COVID-19 rising at levels we have not formerly seen, it is necessary that we not let our guard down or fan the flames of this crisis. Even with events of fewer than 10 people, if you prepare to gather inside, all guests ought to prepare to be evaluated for COVID-19 in advance of the occasion and to quarantine for 14 days to ensure they have not been exposed to the infection or position a risk to others.”

The news comes a week after Murphy imposed a 10 p.m. indoor curfew at bars and restaurants and eliminating bar seating. Murphy likewise signed an order this past week enabling neighborhoods to establish a curfew as early as 8 p.m. Read more here: Gov. Murphy Clarifies Rules For NJ Indoor Dining, Bars, Barbers

“We know this action is essential since this is not our very first pandemic holiday,” Cappelli stated. “On Easter Sunday, Camden County was balancing 99 new verified favorable cases of COVID-19 every day. One week later on, the average had actually increased 9 percent to 108 cases per day. On July 4, we balanced just 25 cases. One week later on, a 48 percent increase to 37 cases each day. On Halloween, we balanced 86. One week later on, a 74 percent increase to 150.

“We have seen once again and once again during this pandemic, that when we try to take a reprieve from the coronavirus by gathering with family and friends, it only tightens its grip on our community. We can not afford a similar tightening this time, with our cases currently at record levels and our healthcare facilities working tirelessly to keep beds open and keep ill people alive.”

Cappelli emphasized the requirement to make sacrifice now to get closer to the end of the pandemic. He concluded with great news.

“Last week, Pfizer revealed that early outcomes on a vaccine trial revealed 90 percent efficiency, and today Moderna made even larger news with a 95 percent efficient vaccine of their own,” Cappelli said. “The coming months will not be easy, however we will make it through them, and we can still determine just how difficult they will be. That effort is continuous, however it starts in earnest next week. Every choice you make during this pandemic has the possible to slow or hasten the spread of this virus. Please, protect yourself and those around you by using a mask, social distancing, washing your hands, and cancelling all prepared indoor gatherings.”

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