The Cumberland County Public Information Officer, Jody Hirata, along with the County’s Health Officer, Megan Sheppard, announced that a Bridgeton resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away. The patient was hospitalized and tested for COVID-19, but passed away before the positive test results were received. Sheppard added, “It is our understanding that the deceased suffered from other underlying health conditions that put them in a high risk category”. The Cumberland County Health Department is working closely with the New Jersey Department of Health to conduct an investigation to identify close contacts of the resident. “Those identified as a close contact will be notified” confirmed Sheppard.
Cumberland County now has 1 death and 3 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and is expecting more in the next few days. Freeholder Director Joseph Derella, in addressing Cumberland County’s relatively few confirmed cases compared to northern New Jersey counties, stated, “Our semi-rural location has, so far, helped us control the spread of the virus, but, make no mistake, as testing expands so will the number of cases.” Derella went on to add, “We must strictly observe the restrictions mandated by the Governor’s Executive Orders and, when we do go out to access essential services, please diligently maintain social distancing.”