Burlington County named emerging COVID hot spot; uptick in teenage cases – Burlington County Times

Burlington County health authorities are advising county locals to remain vigilant as the county sees an uptick in COVID-19 infections.

MOUNT HOLLY– Health authorities are urging watchfulness following reports that Burlington County is an emerging “hot spot” for COVID-19 infections, particularly among teenagers and young people.
Health Department Director Dr. Herb Conaway on Friday stated the county is seeing an uptick in everyday new cases. Over the last 2 weeks, coronavirus cases have actually increased from about 15 brand-new cases a day to about 35 new cases a day, according to Conaway.
Conaway kept in mind, the county continues to keep close watch on testing data and is contact tracing new cases.
” While this uptick is definitely cause for concern, we also think that sensible steps and adherence to the states social-distancing rules and guidance can contain the spread,” Conaway said in a press release Friday.
Preserving social distancing– to the degree possible– will be much more important when school starts, he said.
” Just since you do not experience signs, does not suggest you are not always a carrier for the disease,” Conaway said. “For this reason, social distancing, at all ages, continues to be critical, in stopping the spread of COVID-19.”
The health department director encouraged county residents to use masks in public and said anyone who is revealing coronavirus symptoms or has checked out another state on New Jerseys quarantine list ought to get tested.
” If everybody does their part, we can stop this recent uptick from growing into a much more major outbreak,” Conaway stated.
While day-to-day cases are increasing, Burlington County in recent days has actually seen some of its lowest death tolls considering that the outbreak began, information programs.
Gov. Phil Murphy at his daily coronavirus briefing likewise advised people to continue to use common-sense preventative measures to defend against coronavirus infection and spread.
Statewide, the rate of transmission has increased to 1.35– implying that, typically, every three coronavirus-positive individuals will infect 4 more.
The guv, at his press conference, also honored an Evesham service that, he said, has actually successfully innovated during the pandemic.
Delights Hallmark on Maple Avenue– which has been owned and operated by Joy and Ron Monokian for about 30 years– is an example of a small company that has actually taken advantage of Economic Development Authority financing and will be a “essential part of our long-lasting financial recovery,” Murphy said Friday.
” We understand this pandemic has been nothing except a financial crisis, as much as it has been a public health crisis, and that is why I take pride in the work of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to pump $100 million directly into our little business sector,” Murphy said. “One of those little companies were proud to have actually partnered with is Joys Hallmark.”
Murphy said that because 1987 the Evesham gift shop has actually assisted customers commemorate “vacations, birthdays, wedding events, graduations and, honestly, whatever in between,” however kept in mind that “when the pandemic hit, their store took a hit too.”
Ron Monokian secured direct grant help through the EDA, money that permitted Joys Hallmark to continue operating and paying employees, according to the guv.
“I had the excellent satisfaction of speaking with Ron on Wednesday afternoon and I know he shares our optimism about the days ahead, although he advised me hes still 25% off of where he was last year,” Murphy said.