Atlantic County health officials on Thursday announced four new deaths as a result of COVID-19 complications.
All had pre-existing conditions and were residents of long-term care facilities. They included an 84-year-old woman and a 93-year-old man from Galloway, a 93-year-old man from Northfield, and a 66-year-old man from Pleasantville.
According to the state Department of Health, more than 50 percent of COVID-19 deaths and 17 percent of cases throughout the state have occurred in long-term care facilities.
Atlantic County also reported 39 more residents who have tested positive. They include 13 males, ages 21-93 and 26 females, ages 6-90. Thirty-two additional residents have been cleared as recovered.
With Thursday’s confirmations, there have now been 1,315 cases countywide, 62 deaths and 304 residents who have recovered from the coronavirus.
Seven of the new cases were in Egg Harbor Township, six in both Atlantic City and Hammonton and five in Hamilton Township. Pleasantville had four new positives, while Buena Vista Township, Galloway and Ventnor each had two. Absecon, Brigantine, Egg Harbor City, Folsom and Margate each had one new case.
Atlantic County will continue its drive-thru testing on Tuesday, May 12 and Thursday, May 14, by appointment, for symptomatic county residents with a doctor’s prescription, proof of residency and appointment confirmation.
Appointments are available 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and can be made online at www.aclink.org. All testing is conducted behind the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing.
Those who are unable to keep their appointments are asked to cancel so that others will have an opportunity to be tested.