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The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in South Jersey reached a second-wave record of 917 on Sunday, according to state Health Department data.

Sunday's total hospitalizations for counties from Burlington south also is higher than any publicly available daily count since the pandemic began in March. The state's COVID-19 site lists no daily hospitalizations before April 28. An Open Public Records Act request by 70and73.com to the Health Department for earlier statistics has yet to be fulfilled.

An average of 802 patients were admitted each day to South Jersey hospitals in December — far higher than the daily averages of 496 in November and 196 in October (see chart below), according to a 70and73.com analysis of state data.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy mentioned the crush of hospital patients in California at the state's COVID-19 briefing on Monday afternoon. "Thank God that is not happening here," Murphy said. CNN reported on New Year's Eve that California hospitals are stressed to the "brink of catastrophe."

But Murphy, a Democrat, still is cautious because the impact of social gatherings in New Jersey on Christmas and New Years has yet to be seen. It's "too early to declare victory or defeat," Murphy said.

"If I'm anxious about anything it's the 14-day incubation period, post-holiday, post-New Year's Eve," said New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. "We work with the collaborators (hospital systems), we're on the phone with them weekly, to prepare for a surge starting mid-January. We will be as prepared as we can be and we're hoping that it doesn't happen."

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DATA SOURCE: New Jersey Department of Health

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DATA SOURCE: Burlington County Health Department

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DATA SOURCE: Camden County Health Department

Burlington County COVID-19 cases in December by municipality

New cases and rates of infection for each 1,000 residents. Municipalities with an asterisk have higher rates per 1,000 than Burlington County as a whole.

70and73.com analysis of Burlington County data | January 4, 2021 | © 70and73.com

MUNICIPALITY TOTAL NEW DECEMBER CASES RATE PER 1,000 POPULATION
Bass River 13 9.1
Beverly 25 10.1
Bordentown City 54 14.2
Bordentown Township 169 14.1
Burlington City * 170 17.2
Burlington Township * 369 16.4
Chesterfield 69 9.2
Cinnaminson 207 12.6
Delanco 45 10.1
Delran * 315 19.1
Eastampton * 106 17.8
Edgewater Park * 154 17.8
Evesham 611 13.6
Fieldsboro 8 14.8
Florence 190 15.2
Hainesport 89 14.8
Lumberton 180 14.7
Mansfield * 140 16.4
Maple Shade * 331 17.9
Medford 301 12.9
Medford Lakes 60 15.2
Moorestown 235 11.5
Mount Holly 126 13.2
Mount Laurel 521 12.6
New Hanover 7 0.9
North Hanover  82 10.9
Palmyra  92 12.8
Pemberton Borough  17 12.8
Pemberton Township 309 11.4
Riverside 123 15.7
Riverton 29 10.8
Shamong 82 12.8
Southampton 138 13.6
Springfield 36 11.0
Tabernacle 76 11.1
Washington  10 14.1
Westampton * 141 16.2
Willingboro 497 15.6
Woodland  * 32 18.1
Wrightstown 8 10.3
Burlington County total 7,183 16.1

Camden County COVID-19 cases in December by municipality

New cases and rates of infection for each 1,000 residents. Municipalities with an asterisk have higher rates per 1,000 than Camden County as a whole.

70and73.com analysis of Camden County data | January 4, 2021 | © 70and73.com

MUNICIPALITY TOTAL NEW DECEMBER CASES RATE PER 1,000 POPULATION
Audubon 140 16.2
Audubon Park 6 6.0
Barrington 114 17.2
Bellmawr * 253 22.3
Berlin Borough 116 15.4
Berlin Township 74 13.0
Brooklawn 22 11.6
Camden * 1,751 23.8
Cherry Hill 1,074 15.1
Chesilhurst 28 17.3
Clementon 85 17.1
Collingswood 153 11.0
Gibbsboro 24 10.8
Gloucester City * 205 18.3
Gloucester Township * 1,175 18.4
Haddon Heights 73 9.7
Haddon Township 189 13.0
Haddonfield 119 10.5
Hi-Nella * 18 21.0
Laurel Springs 26 13.9
Lawnside * 83 28.8
Lindenwold * 390 22.6
Magnolia 50 11.7
Merchantville 60 16.2
Mount Ephraim 72 15.7
Oaklyn 53 13.4
Pennsauken * 975 27.3
Pine Hill * 188 18.0
Runnemede * 152 18.3
Somerdale 90 16.4
Stratford 114 16.4
Voorhees 371 12.7
Waterford 154 14.4
Winslow 613 15.9
Woodlynne 50 17.2
Camden County Total 9,060 17.9