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No Additional Covid-19 Deaths for Second Consecutive Day

 

For the second consecutive day, Atlantic County health officials have reported no deaths related to Covid-19.

There were 17 new positives confirmed among eight men, ages 19-76 and nine women, ages 18-85, five of whom are from Pleasantville, four from Atlantic City, two each from Buena Vista Township and Hamilton Township, and one each from Egg Harbor Township, Hammonton, Northfield and Ventnor.

To date, Atlantic County has confirmed 2,466 positive tests for Covid-19 and 170 deaths. Thirty-five additional residents have been cleared as recovered for a countywide total of 1,142.

Despite Economic Challenges, Atlantic County Retains Top Tier Bond Ratings

 

Atlantic County recently received some much-needed positive news. Its top tier bond ratings have been reaffirmed by the world’s largest credit rating agencies.
 
“For the past few months our lives have been disrupted by the spread of Covid-19, the closing of our schools and businesses, the loss of more than 30,000 jobs and the uncertainty of our future. But in spite of these difficulties, I am pleased to share that Atlantic County remains in strong financial standing as indicated by our recent AA rating from Standard and Poor and our Aa2 rating from Moody’s Investors,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson. “And remarkably, we have maintained these ratings for the past 12 years.”
 
“Thanks to the efforts of a strong management team, Atlantic County has retained a stable financial position despite dealing with the fallout first from the financial issues of Atlantic City and now from the ongoing pandemic,” reported Moody’s. 

Both agencies cited the county’s efforts to grow and diversify the regional economy beyond gaming and hospitality and indicated the potential for a ratings upgrade with sustained stability and successful diversification of the county’s tax base.
 
“A new focus on aviation research and engineering is evidenced by the county’s current capital plans and several large-scale commercial developments,” noted S&P.
 
According to Levinson, the county took the risk of constructing the first building in the National Aviation Research and Technology Park without any contracted or prospective tenants. The building is now completely full with growing interest in additional buildings.
 
“We recognized the need to develop new industries, such as aviation, to attract new business, create sustainable, quality jobs, and provide greater opportunities for our residents, especially our youth who were too often leaving New Jersey to pursue more lucrative careers elsewhere.”
 
A recent report by the Brookings Institute projected the Atlantic City metro region will be the third most severely impacted in the country due to Covid-19 closures because of its reliance on casino gaming and tourism which will take longer to recover.

“The Covid-19 shutdowns have further emphasized the need to diversify. Thankfully, with the cooperation of our Board of Freeholders, we had the foresight to take those initial steps several years ago,” said Levinson.

The county executive explained that bond ratings are to government what credit scores are to individuals. The higher the rating the lower the interest rates are for purchases. For county government, this equates to hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings.

Throughout his tenure, Levinson has made it a priority to enlist “pay as you go” financing to reduce the amount of debt for future generations as well as maintain a surplus that provides some flexibility when faced with the unexpected.

“These practices have served our taxpayers well,” he said. “Our strong liquidity, low net debt, conservative financial management and long-term planning continue to provide stability during unstable times,” he concluded.

 

Atlantic County Veterans Memorial Program Canceled but Cemetery Is Open

 

The Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery located within the county park in Estell Manor is open and will be accessible to visitors who wish to pay their respects for Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.

However, due to the current state restrictions for gatherings and events, Atlantic County will be unable to hold its traditional Veterans Memorial Program.

“This would have been our 36th year of holding this program that pays tribute to the sacrifice and service of our fallen veterans and honors their memories and extraordinary contributions,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson.  “It is always very meaningful and well attended. We are certainly disappointed, but during these unusual times the health and safety of our residents must take precedence.”

Levinson noted one tradition that will not be missed – the placement of small American flags on the more than 5,500 gravesites.

‘To commemorate Memorial Day, we have created a tribute video with excerpts from past ceremonies to share with our veterans and the general public,” said Levinson.

The video is currently available on the county’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6Cl-X2p9GU and will be accessible from the county’s website Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25 at www.aclink.org.

The Veterans Cemetery is the final resting place for Atlantic County veterans and their spouses. It can currently accommodate 6,500 plots. The county is now expanding the cemetery to include additional acreage, a columbarium that will hold up to 900 cremation urns, ADA-accessible parking and a new restroom facility.

All visitors to the Veterans Cemetery must strictly adhere to social distancing and limit any gatherings to 10 or less. Parking lots are limited to 50% capacity so visitors may need to park in alternate lots available within the park. Park restrooms are open but playgrounds, pavilions, offices and buildings remain closed in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Orders related to COVID-19.

The Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery is located at 109 State Route 50, Mays Landing and is open daily, 7:30 AM to one-half hour before sunset. For more information, please call (609) 909-585

Latest COVID-19 Fatalities Include Nine Elderly

 

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of nine more elderly Atlantic County residents, all of whom had pre-existing conditions and eight of whom resided in long-term care facilities, according to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health.

The fatalities included a 72-year old Buena Vista Township man; an 85-year old Hammonton man; and an 83-year old Pleasantville man; as well as two Northfield residents, an 82-year old woman and an 88-year old man; and four Galloway residents, a 73-year old man, and three women ages 84, 88 and 91.

County health officials also reported 44 new cases among 22 men, ages 19-97 and 22 women, ages 25-91 with 40 more residents cleared from quarantine. This brings the countywide totals to 1,860 positives, 121 deaths and 541 recovered.

Today’s new cases were confirmed as follows: nine in Atlantic City, six in Egg Harbor Township and Galloway, five in Absecon and Pleasantville, three in Hamilton Township and Northfield, two in Hammonton and Ventnor, and one in Buena Vista Township, Linwood and Port Republic.

Atlantic County will continue to provide COVID-19 testing on Thursday, May 21 for symptomatic county residents with a doctor’s prescription. Testing is conducted behind the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing. Appointments are available 10 AM – 1 PM each day and can be made online at www.aclink.org.

Residents should come prepared with their doctor’s script, proof of residency such as a driver’s license or utility bill, and their appointment confirmation. Those who are unable to keep their appointments are asked to cancel so others may have an opportunity to be tested.

As of May 18, Atlantic County has tested a total of 1,342 residents at its drive-through test sites with 26% being confirmed positive.

Two New Deaths and 20 More COVID-19 Positives Reported May 10

Atlantic County has confirmed two more deaths and 20 new positives among seven men, ages 26-63 and 13 women, ages 20-27 on Sunday, May 10.

Both fatalities were identified in individuals with pre-existing health conditions. They included an 89-year old Egg Harbor Township man and an 85-year old Hamilton Township woman.

Residents who most recently tested positive were located as follows: four in Egg Harbor Township, three in Atlantic City and Galloway, two in Northfield and one each in Buena Borough, Egg Harbor City, Folsom, Hammonton, Margate, Mullica Township, Somers Point and Ventnor.

These new cases bring the countywide totals to 1,515 confirmed with 351 residents now cleared as recovered and 74 deaths. 

Atlantic County has tested 1,053 residents to date with a 25.9% rate of positivity.

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 AM – 1 PM 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. 

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