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A record 290 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday by Camden County — far higher than the 195 cases reported on May 9 that set the daily record during the first wave of the pandemic.

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"The spread of COVID-19 is not slowing down, this is the third time we have set a new record in daily cases in the past eight days,” Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. said in a statement. “We do not need to close businesses if everyone wears a mask, avoids indoor gatherings, and social distances. If we continue to choose to ignore this guidance, then the winter will be an extremely difficult period for our community, but we can save lives if we work together.”

No deaths were reported by the county on Thursday. The trend in this new wave is far fewer deaths than the wave that began in mid-March.

Part of the reason for fewer deaths is that the average age of the person infected has fallen sharply. Paschal Nwako, Camden County health officer and public health coordinator, told 70and73.com that the average age of people infected has been averaging between 33 and 40 — well below the first wave's average in the 60's. The lower average age also has resulted in fewer hospitalizations, he said.

Since the pandemic began, Camden County has reported 14,692 positive cases and 588 deaths.