Dr. Paschal Nwako, Camden County Health Officer, has provided the following recommended links and documents for COVID-19 information from the CDC, the State of New Jersey and Camden County websites which is in line with our 2020 Local Board of Summit “Better Health Outcomes in Your Own Back Yard for COVID-19" and best practices. The goal is for each mayor to be in partnership with Camden County Department of Health in getting the word out and providing resources to the residents of their municipality. Resources include: COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit, Vaccine Roll Out Information Site from The State Of New Jersey, CDC: Benefits of Getting the COVID Vaccine: Vaccine Facts, New Jersey Department of Health Communicable Disease Service Website, Camden County Website, Camden County COVID-19 Updates and Resources, Camden County COVID-19 Dashboard, COVID-19 Vaccine Information, and Camden County Needs You: Medical Professionals Sought for COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics.
Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services, advises municipalities that Camden County will be under a Code Blue Alert from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. on Thursday, December 17th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 7 p.m.Thursday until 7 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18. “Current forecasts project temperatures under 30 degrees throughout the week, with a mix of winter precipitation expected Wednesday into Thursday,” Rodriguez said. “When temperatures reach this low, it is important to check on elderly relatives and neighbors, and to ensure that they are warm and safe. Even inside, cold conditions can quickly become dangerous for vulnerable populations, especially those who lack heat or electricity.” Each municipality has identified its own location to accommodate those in their community seeking shelter from the severe weather. Persons seeking shelter in a warming center should contact their local municipality.
Help Camden County educate others and spread the word about protecting their circle of friends. Camden County provides digital images for your social media pages & feeds on their website. Upload a Facebook Frame: Click the Camera Button next to your profile image on Facebook, choose “Update Profile Picture”, then choose “Add Frame” and search “Camden County – Protect Your Circle”. What you need to know: In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. The Danger Is Invisible. Make sure you keep your friends and family safe by: Wearing A Mask, Avoiding Groups, Staying 6 Feet Apart and Getting Tested. If you decide to engage in public activities, continue to protect yourself by practicing everyday preventive actions. Keep these items on hand when venturing out: a face mask, tissues, and a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if possible. Should you go out? Learn what factors to consider before you head out and about specific tips for different places.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.