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Three local COVID-19 cases; County-wide numbers rise

The Camden County Department of Health reported today that three Haddonfield residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19: a male in his 10s, a female in her 20s, and a male in his 50s. This brings the total number of confirmed cases locally to 144, with five fatalities.

In Camden County, the total number of cases stands at 12868 (up 348 since Friday), with 580 deaths (no change). For New Jersey, 240,997 cases (up 4,474) with 14,564 confirmed deaths (up 46 since Friday) and an additional 1,793 probable deaths.

Rates per 1,000 of population are: Haddonfield 12.42; Camden County 25.05; New Jersey 27.13.

The transmission rate — a key metric — now stands at 1.28. (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.)

Statistics for Haddonfield, Camden County, and New Jersey are updated on Haddonfield[dot]Today most weekdays.

In commenting on today’s report, Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. said, “Spread of COVID-19 is continuing to increase, and we are seeing more new cases each week compared to the week before. We need everyone to return to the mindset we had in March. We can stop the spread of coronavirus without shuttering our economy again, but it will take the committed effort of each of us. Do not gather indoors, wear a mask whenever you are around others, maintain social distance at all times possible, and work with our contact tracers when they call. This is going to be another difficult period in this pandemic, but we can lessen its impact if we make the right choices.”

Haddonfield’s tally for October was identical to that for September: 28 cases. In October, however, the larger number of cases was in the 50s and above (10 in October vs 2 in September); the lower number was in the 40s and below (18 in October vs 26 in September).

The numbers recorded for those in their 10s and 20s dropped from a total of 20 (10 and 10 respectively) in September to 14 (7 and 7 respectively) in September. But for those in their 50s, the number increased dramatically, from 1 in September to 7 in October.

Haddonfield’s total of 144 cases is made up of 77 males and 67 females. The largest number of cases are in the 10s and 20s: 27 (11 male, 16 female) and 32 (17 male and 15 female) respectively. The next largest number of cases is in the 50s: 23 (17 males and 6 females).

Haddonfield has recorded only 5 cases for residents in their 80s (1 male, 4 females), and 1 case for residents in their 90s (1 female).

The most recent COVID-19-related death of a Haddonfield resident was reported on September 30.

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