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Burlington County Back At 'Moderate' Coronavirus Risk

Patch logo Patch 9/14/2020 Anthony Bellano
a close up of food: Burlington County is 1 of 7 counties in NJ that has seen a rise in some key metrics in the coronavirus crisis, according to the state. © Image via CDC Burlington County is 1 of 7 counties in NJ that has seen a rise in some key metrics in the coronavirus crisis, according to the state.

BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ — Burlington County is one of seven counties in the state that have seen a rise in some key metrics in the coronavirus crisis, according to a new report issued on Monday.

Burlington County’s coronavirus activity level rose from "low" to "moderate" over the past week, according to the New Jersey Department of Health’s "COVID-19 Activity Level Report."

The risk was "moderate" with a week left in August before dropping to "low" for the week of Aug. 29. It was back to "moderate" for the week ending Sept. 5, according to the report.

The report divides New Jersey into six regions, with Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties make up the Southwest Region.

The region has the highest percentage of positive cases in the state: 3.27, about 50 percent higher than the statewide rate. The positivity rate also rose 21 percent in this region.

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In addition to these four counties, there was also a rise in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties. Read more here: 7 NJ Counties Backslide In Coronavirus Crisis: Here’s Where

As of Sunday when the most recent case count for Burlington County was released, there were 7,085 cases with 467 confirmed deaths and 49 probable deaths. On Sunday, there were 26 new cases and two new deaths reported.

Burlington County is actively engaged in contact tracing positive coronavirus cases. The focus is on close contacts, defined as closer than 6 feet for more than 10 minutes, household contacts and those that work in high risk settings such as healthcare workers and long term care facilities.

If community exposure has occurred, where a coronavirus positive person was in close contact with people for an extended period of time, while symptomatic, county officials will notify the public. Since residents are abiding by the social distancing requirements, officials said they have not run into that issue since early in the pandemic.

Reminder: Mass exposure, due to social distancing guidelines, and the cooperation of the public has been minimized. Residents are reminded to remain 6 feet apart while obtaining essential items or services, and stay home unless absolutely necessary.

With reporting by Tom Davis

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