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COVID-19 cases climb

The Camden County Department of Health reported today that 12 Haddonfield residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, during the past three days (Saturday, Sunday, and today).

Also today, the Haddonfield School District reported four new cases. (Note: Cases reported by the District typically reflect those reported by the County, though not necessarily on the same date.)

Today, the County reported positive tests for a male and a female in their 10s (on Saturday); a male juvenile, a male in his 10s, four females in their 10s, and a male in his 50s (on Sunday); and a male in his 30s, a female in her 40s, and a female in her 50s (today).

This brings the total number of cases for Haddonfield to 175. Within that total, more or less (see note), are 29 cases reported by the School District.

(Note re “more or less” — In at least one case reported by the School District, the person who tested positive was not a resident of Camden County, so would not have been included in the county’s report. Also, county reports for those in their 10s may include teenagers who are no longer in the school system.

In Camden County, the total number of cases stands at 15,784, with 588 deaths. For New Jersey, 281,493 cases with 14,779 confirmed deaths and an additional 1,801 probable deaths.

Rates per 1,000 of population are: Haddonfield 15.09; Camden County 30.73; New Jersey 32.02.

The transmission rate in New Jersey — a key metric — now stands at 1.40. This is the highest it has been for some months, and reflects the situation across the country. (A transmission rate of 1.0 means that, on average, each new case will produce one additional new case. When the transmission rate falls below 1.0, it’s a good sign. When it rises above 1.0, it’s cause for concern.)

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