The past five months have been extremely challenging for our region. The coronavirus pandemic has taken more than 550 beloved friends, family and neighbors in Camden County alone, and the measures necessary to prevent even further loss of life have had a devastating impact on our economy.
In recent weeks, the Freeholder Board has taken decisive action to address the economic ramifications of this crisis. Twenty-five million dollars in CARES Act funding is being dedicated and provided to small businesses throughout the county, $3.2 million has been allocated to municipalities, and $28.7 million of CARES Act funding will be distributed to our three major healthcare providers.
In addition to wearing a mask and social distancing, the single most important thing you can do to protect your family and your neighbors is to work with the contact tracers at the Camden County Health Department in the event that one tries to reach you.
Contact tracers, calling from an official Camden County number, connect with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as other communicable diseases, to deliver critical assistance and to gather additional information which can be used to stop others from contracting or spreading the disease. Contact tracers collect information for health purposes only and will never share this information with other agencies.
We know that these can be uncomfortable conversations, but they are critical to our ability to contain this virus. If you want to protect your friends, family, and neighbors, working with our contact tracing team is just as important as wearing a mask. Any questions about contact tracing or to verify if a contact tracer has reached out to you call the Health Department at (800) 999-9045.
These steps are important for all Camden County residents to follow, but they are especially important for younger members of the community. Since May, the average age of infected persons in our county has fallen by 15 years to approximately 31, a sign that teens and young adults are driving the uptick in coronavirus cases that we are seeing today. We know that stopping the spread of this disease has a cost, and the sacrifices aren’t always easy to make, but we need young adults and their parents to help us save lives by staying home, wearing a mask, and working with our contact tracers when they’ve been exposed.
It is our hope that we will see an even greater return to normalcy in the coming months, but the only way to maintain this progress is to closely adhere to these steps and other guidance issued from public health departments and agencies.
Our team is constantly working to keep our residents informed about the latest developments in our state and region. Important information regarding guidelines and restrictions in New Jersey are being added to the county website and social media pages several times a day. For information regarding coronavirus in New Jersey, please call the state’s information hotline at 2-1-1 or text NJCOVID to 898-211.
If you are looking for information regarding actions taken in Camden County, resources for families and individuals, or a daily update of COVID-19 cases in Camden County, please visit CamdenCounty.com and see our COVID-19 updates page.
If you, or a senior you know, is facing food insecurity because of this crisis, the Camden County Division of Senior and Disabled Services will make sure that you do not go hungry. If you are a senior who needs meal assistance, please call (856) 374-MEAL or (856) 858-3220 to make arrangements.
During a public health crisis, insurance coverage is a necessity. If you are in need of coverage please contact the Camden County Board of Social Services at (856) 225-8800 or email them email@example.com. In addition, you can reach out to the CamCare Health Corporation at (856) 541-3270 or visit their website at https://www.camcare.net/. And for navigating your way to coverage you can also contact the Camden Coalition at (856) 365-9510 or go to their website at https://camdenhealth.org/.
Below are more helpful resources as we enter the next phase of our recovery:
- If you have lost employment because of coronavirus, please visit nj.gov or call
- If you are looking for a job during COVID-19, please visit covid19.nj.gov for more information and to view available openings call (800) 962-1253.
- If you are a small business owner in need of information regarding federal support programs, please visit gov or call (800) 659-2955.
- If you are a small business owner looking for information about state programs, visit com or call (609) 858-6700.
On behalf of the entire Freeholder Board, thank you for your compassion, patience, and sacrifice as we navigate this unprecedented crisis. We ask that you keep the families who have experienced a loss, and everyone who has been affected by this disease, in your thoughts and prayers. Please continue to check CamdenCounty.com for frequent updates and new information.