Statement from Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. in Regard to Camden County’s Presumptive Positive Case of COVID-19

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The statement below is by Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. in regard to Camden County’s presumptive positive case of COVID-19.

“In regard to Camden County’s presumptive positive case of a Cherry Hill resident at Jefferson Hospital, I’m happy to report that the patient is doing very well, and his condition has been upgraded. That said, there have been a lot of questions about social contact with this patient and I’m happy to update you that the seven exposures that this patient had have been self-quarantined at this time and have been asymptomatic. In fact, all seven will complete their quarantine by tomorrow and, just to reiterate, this patient did not take mass transit and did not attend any social gatherings while he was symptomatic.

I want to be clear, we are monitoring all of our local exposures and possible cases throughout the county and the risk to the public based on this presumptive positive is very low. The Camden County Health Department continues to work with our partners in our local healthcare facilities, the state Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control. Moving forward, we will continue to tirelessly work to ensure the health and welfare of our residents and combat this virus by any means possible, which includes limiting social interactions by rescheduling special events for later dates, accelerating sanitizing and cleaning in our buildings, and ensuring that all employee travel out of the country or state has been cancelled.”

The best way to prevent the spread and contraction of coronavirus is practicing good personal hygiene:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly, and often, with soap and water for 20 seconds;
  • Stay home when you’re sick;
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick;
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue; and
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.