Camden County sees highest single-day increase of COVID-19 cases since July

SOUTH JERSEY, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — There were more than 100 new COVID-19 cases reported in Camden County over the weekend, and health officials believe people are letting their guard.

Case counts have gone up in the weeks following holiday weekends, and the same holds true for Labor Day weekend.

There were 56 cases reported Sunday in the county, and Freeholder Jon Young said that’s the biggest single-day total since July.

“This should make clear that we cannot afford to take days off on COVID-19. It doesn’t take days off and neither should we,” Young warned.

He said going forward, it’s important to mask up and be responsible.

“Stay vigilant and continue to do the right things,” he added.

From the beginning of the pandemic, long-term care facilities were the hardest hit, and Assemblyman Bill Moen is helping create a state task force with some public health officials — but mostly civilian experts — aimed at protecting those places.

“It will include experts that perhaps study these issues, so at the end of the day we are convening a task force that brings together so many different minds to really attack and address this issue for the long term,” Moen said.