Mayor Frank Moran updated the city of Camden on several issues including Covid-19, Unemployment, Summer Recreation, Churches, and City Hall operations.
Mayor Moran gave several updates on the Covid-19 pandemic via his regular live video broadcast on FaceBook.
He confirmed that the current infections for the city are around 1700 and the total deaths to date are 33.
In a more optimistic contrast, he acknowledges a partnership with CamCare that will allow its building on 817 Federal St (across the street from the Police Department) to also be used for testing alongside its other 2 locations in the city. The East Camden location is at 2610 Federal St. Camden, New Jersey 08105. The South Jersey location is a satellite location located at First Nazarene Baptist Church located at 1500 8th St, Camden, NJ 08104.
The locations are not open every day and CamCare encourages everyone to call to make an appointment HOWEVER, They will test everyone, regardless of symptoms. Camcare CEO Mark Roberts says “they’re testing everyone on-site,” regardless.
These testing locations are in addition to 2600 Mt. Ephraim Ave. and 31st and Federal (Von Nieda Park) who continue to do testing.
The Mayor is adamant that the more testing there is, the better we can get control of the Virus in Camden.
The Mayor had a minor update for unemployment as it is a state function but, is certain that those who are eligible will eventually receive their respective benefits.
“RESTART AND RECOVERY ADVISORY COUNCIL”
The mayor expressed his optimism and commitment to safely re-opening Camden and mentioned the weekly calls between the Restart and Recovery Advisory Council. The Council brings together leaders from various industry, community, and faith-based groups and institutions across New Jersey to advise state leadership on economic issues.
“I’m honored to work the frontline to put a plan together to get back to normal,” said Moran.
WORKING ON ESTABLISHING REOPENING THE CITY TASK FORCE
There will soon be a meeting with the local city Task Force in charge of re-opening that includes, Coopers Ferry, Cooper Hospital, sports athletic, eds and meds, universities, city government, and corporations to work on their plan to reopen
The goal will be to “coincide with Governor Murphy’s plan to reopen NJ.”
SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAMS
All programs are currently suspended beside swimming pools.
The Mayor will have them ready, serviced, and treated, and intends to have capacity capped.
Due to Governor Murphy’s executive order, recreation programs are not foreseeable unless the order is lifted.
Some churches are holding service in their parking lot but are instructed to keep social distancing as a precaution.
City Hall will open in accordance with Gov Murphy mandates, although closed to the public, some workers are working remotely, while a some are working under new social distancing guidelines on location.