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Atlantic County Health officials say two elderly Hammonton residents of long-term care facilities are the latest to succumb to complications from Covid-19. The deaths of the 82 year-old woman and 97 year-old man earlier today, both of whom had pre-existing health conditions that put them at higher risk. County health officials also confirmed 19 new positives among seven men, ages 25-92 and 12 women, ages 20-89 including Six who reside in Hammonton and four in Atlantic City. There’ll be more testing next Wednesday in Northfield behind the county’s public works facility. You can get more info at www.aclink.org.



Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that he is increasing the limit on outdoor gatherings and reopening recreational campgrounds. Murphy signed an executive order increasing the limit on outdoor gatherings from 10 to 25 people, while indoor gatherings remain limited to 10 people. Campgrounds can open immediately. The capacity for charter and fishing boats, outdoor batting cages and driving ranges can also increase to 25, he said. However, the order does not include anything on outdoor dining or outdoor graduations.



The state Republican Party announced Thursday it is suing Gov. Murphy to reopen small businesses, arguing he “arbitrarily” declared which businesses are considered essential.



Atlantic City’s casinos, which recently saw an uptick in business after years of losses, have suffered historic drops in revenue and laid off tens of thousands of workers since being ordered to close their gambling floors two months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. But even as he’s slowly taking steps to reopen some businesses in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday he still doesn’t have a date for when Atlantic City’s nine casinos will be allowed to reopen. Some casinos are still accepting hotel reservations, especially as beaches reopen for the summer season. But their gambling floors remain closed.



Atlantic County health officials confirmed 39 new Covid-19 cases today as well as one related death in an 84-year old Ventnor woman with pre-existing conditions.

The new positives were identified among 20 males, ages 5 months – 83 years, and 19 females, ages 23-93. Ten of the cases were confirmed in Atlantic City, seven in Hammonton, six in Pleasantville and four in Egg Harbor Township. Three new positives were found in Galloway Township and two were found in Absecon and Egg Harbor City. Brigantine, Northfield, Somers Point and Ventnor each had one new case. An additional case was confirmed but the location has not yet been determined.

To date, 1,931 positives have been confirmed in Atlantic County with 128 deaths. A total of 648 residents have now been cleared as recovered.

Atlantic County will continue to provide COVID-19 testing next week although the dates are pending confirmation. Residents can visit the county web site at www.aclink.org to schedule appointments as of Friday, May 22.



Atlantic County health officials confirmed 39 new Covid-19 cases today as well as one related death in an 84-year old Ventnor woman with pre-existing conditions. The new positives were identified among 20 males, ages 5 months – 83 years, and 19 females, ages 23-93. Ten of the cases were confirmed in Atlantic City. Atlantic County will continue to provide COVID-19 testing next week although the dates are pending confirmation. Residents can visit the county web site at www.aclink.org to schedule appointments as of Friday,



At his daily briefing this afternoon Governor Phil Murphy said The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey has increased by 1,304, bringing the total to 151,472,. There have been 98 additional deaths, bringing the state total to 10,843. There are 3,208 people hospitalized across the state, including 896 people in intensive care and 700 people on ventilators. Also during the briefing, Gov. Murphy said that long-term care facilities will continue to receive help from the U.S. Department of Veterans affairs through the end of June, and the department will provide an additional 40 clinical staff.



A Camden County gym that has reopened the past several days in violation of Gov. Phil Murphy’s closure or nonessential businesses has been closed by county and local officals. The Atilis Gym has been shut down by the Camden County Health Department and the New Jersey State Department of Health, . Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland on Wednesday said that law enforcement understands the burden on closed retail businesses as the summer season begins, but officers must enforce the law.



The most recent COVID-19 numbers from Atlantic County Health officials report six addidtional long-term care residents have died from complications of Covid-19. Thirty-two more positives have also been identified among 14 males, ages 2-80 and 18 females, ages 22-71. Eight of them are from Atlantic City. To date, 1,892 positives have been confirmed in Atlantic County with 127 deaths. A total of 648 residents have now been cleared as recovered with the addition of 107 more residents. Cape May has reported 539 active cases, 42 deaths and 260 deemed off quarantine. Cumberland County has reported 1,741 cases and 59 deaths.



Atlantic County’s Lake Lenape Park West in Mays Landing will reopen to the public as of Friday, May 22. While all other county parks reopened on May 2 in conjunction with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 133, additional time and preparations were needed to ensure social distancing requirements for staff and visitors could be maintained at Lake Lenape Park West. Visitors to the park will have access to the boat ramp, lake surface and hiking trails, however, camping, pavilion rentals and playground access will be prohibited until further notice. New boating applications are available online at: www.aclink.org/parks/boating.asp.



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