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Posted on: September 4, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Burlington County Health Director urges caution during Labor Day weekend

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Burlington County Health Director Dr. Herb Conaway is urging county residents and families to continue to take coronavirus-related precautions during the upcoming holiday weekend.

“We’ve made a lot of progress since the start of the outbreak and we’re seeing the results as restrictions on things like gyms, movie theaters and indoor dining are being lifted. But that doesn’t mean we can let our guard down. It actually means we need to be more vigilant,” said Conaway. “It’s been a long summer and we want everyone to be able to enjoy the holiday, but we want it to be done safely. Mask wearing, proper social-distancing and restrictions on large gatherings cannot be shoved aside or ignored simply because it’s Labor Day weekend.”

Conaway pointed to recent testing numbers in Burlington County that showed a small uptick in COVID-19 cases. The number of new daily cases in the county has risen from an average of 18 cases last week to a daily average of around 27 new cases each day this week.

The increase includes the 40 new cases on Wednesday and 45 new cases on Thursday, marking the two highest single-day totals since Aug. 4 when 43 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the county.

“We don’t want this uptick to continue and turn into an outbreak, especially with many schools reopening next week,” Conaway said. “If everyone follows the rules and takes the proper precautions, we should remain in good shape. However, it only takes a few reckless parties to put a lot more people at risk.  An indoor wedding where no one wore a mask has so far caused 143 infections and took one life.”

In addition to urging caution, Conaway reminded residents that free COVID-19 testing remains widely available throughout the County. Check out the Burlington County web page at or download Burlington County Health App for information on times and locations.  

Next week the Burlington County Health Department will conduct COVID-19 testing on Tuesday afternoon (Sep 8th) and Thursday morning (Sep 10th). Use the following link to schedule an appointment:

“Testing is still critical for us to control the spread. We want our residents to know it’s still available and that the results can help better protect everyone’s family, friends and neighbors,” he said.

To date, the County has tested 8,473 people.

“Lastly, seasonal influenza will soon return.  Please be sure to get your annual flu shot.  Vaccination doesn’t cause the flu and could save your life or someone else’s,” Conaway said.

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