Weekend Heat Advisory

The Office of the Camden County Health Officer has issued a Heat Advisory for Camden County effective Sunday, July 19, from noon until 7 p.m. Monday, July 20. During a Heat Advisory, the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. “It is critical that everyone remember to check on elderly relatives, friends, and neighbors during days like these when there is extreme heat to combat,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services. “When temperatures rise to dangerous levels, remember to stay inside as much as possible, drink plenty of water, and contact a physician if you or a loved one is showing signs of heat stress.”

County Launches $20M Small Business Grants

Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr., was joined today by Camden County’s business advocates, Congressman Donald Norcross and clergy to announce a forthcoming grant funding program for small businesses launching on July 23rd. The county has received federal funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist struggling businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we navigate through this public health crisis, we know that merchants on Main Street are hurting and it is imperative to make every effort to get them additional financial assistance. The application process will start on July 23rd, at 8 a.m. and applicants can apply directly on www.camdencountycares.com or call (833) 487-0462. 

County Covid-19 Reports

Beginning May 23rd, Camden County is no longer announcing new cases and deaths related to Covid-19 on weekends or holidays. All weekend cases and deaths will be announced on the next business day and will be properly attributed to the day they were received. As of Friday, May 29th, Merchantville had 44 confirmed cases of coronavirus and the Camden County Department of Health (DOH) announced 59 additional confirmed cases of the disease. This brings the aggregate number of confirmed positive cases to 6,588 in Camden County today and 320 total fatalities.

Borough Covid Session

Mayor Ted Brennan is pleased to announce that the Borough of Merchantville is coordinating with Camden County to host a COVID-19 Educational Series on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Verizon lot next to the Merchantville Fire Department, 22 East Park Avenue. Members of the Camden County Public Health Education Team and Merchantville community leaders will be there to answer questions and provide information related to COVID-19. If you have questions about quarantine/isolation, contact with a Covid positive person, where to get tested or mental health/addition issues exacerbated by this pandemic, please stop by with your questions. Residents from Merchantville and neighboring communities are welcome. Thank you to Camden County for this opportunity!

Enhanced SNAP Benefits

Many Camden County residents who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in May to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. An additional $36 million will be provided to about 214,000 New Jersey households in May. SNAP supplemental payments were included in the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. In March and April, Human Services announced $70 million in total additional NJ SNAP benefits that were provided to New Jerseyans to help purchase groceries. If you need food assistance, visit njhelp.org to apply for SNAP online.

County Covid Case Update

On April 2nd, Camden County's Department of Health announced 48 additional positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases in our town to four (4). Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. reminded the public that “We all must remain vigilant, policing ourselves to stay at home, to avoid unnecessary trips, and to exercise social distancing to the greatest possible extent. We have seen this strategy work in other parts of the world that have fought back this virus, and if we do our part it will work here too." On Wednesday the County opened a new drive-up coronavirus (COVID-19) testing site Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park, 801 Delaware Avenue in Camden City. Hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. through April 15.

County Covid-19 Cases Rise

The Camden County Department of Health is announcing 33 additional positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) identified in Camden County. including two (2) in Merchantville. Trace investigations are being facilitated with the patients and remain ongoing.  “This is the largest single day increase in cases we have seen in Camden County to date, and it underscores the reality that we are only at the beginning of this crisis and we need everyone to keep social distancing and keep staying at home as much as possible,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. This brings the aggregate number of confirmed positive cases to 117 in Camden County and another 1,928 statewide bringing NJ's total to 8,825. 

Hazardous Waste Cancelled

The Camden County Division of Environmental Affairs has canceled their Household Hazardous Waste collection event in Cherry Hill scheduled for Saturday (3/21) due to concerns over the Coronavirus. This event was originally scheduled at the Cherry Hill Public Works Complex, 1 Perina Boulevard, Cherry Hill from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Future hazardous waste events may be found here. If you have any questions please call 856-858-5241.

County Covid-19 Updates

The Camden County Department of Health is announcing additional 4 positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) identified in Camden County between their 40's and 60's - 3 in Cherry Hill and 1 in Pine Hill. “As testing volume increases, we are going to see the number of cases in our community continue to increase,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. “It is critical at this moment that everyone takes this threat extremely seriously. Social distancing, staying home as much as possible and avoiding contact with others, is the only way we will be able to slow the spread of this disease and reduce the toll this pandemic has on our community. As we have with our first three cases, we are continuing to work with the New Jersey Department of Health to identify individuals who may have been in contact with anyone confirmed of having contracted the illness.” On Monday, March 16, the Freeholder Board declared a state of emergency in Camden County. Continue to follow updates here.

Meals for Seniors

There's an Emergency Meal Plan Program in place for Camden County residents over 60 years old temporarily during this pandemic.  Individuals who are already receiving home-delivered meal services will AUTOMATICALLY get a week's worth of meals delivered once a week, a mix of frozen and fresh meals, dropped off on their porch or, if they live in an apartment complex, it will be delivered to the lobby. The driver will then call the person and let them know the meal is there. They will be doing this every week for the next 3 weeks. For those who are not already receiving home-delivered meal services, they can call 856-374-6325 and arrange to have emergency meals delivered. They do not have to be in the home delivered meals program to receive this temporary service during the pandemic. Please call above number to apply directly and arrange to have emergency meals delivered.

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