Officials in Atlantic County say five more people have died as a result of complications from COVID-19 as the countywide total of cases approaches 1,000.

The five people were a 78-year-old woman and a 59-year-old man, both from Hammonton; an 81-year-old man from Absecon man; a 78-year-old Egg Harbor Township man; and an 89-year-old woman from Linwood. Four of the five were residents of long-term care facilities, according to a press release.

Also reported on Thursday were 57 new cases among 25 men (ages 22-88) and 32 women (ages 7-92). 21 more residents have been cleared as recovered.

With today's numbers, the countywide total stands at 960 confirmed cases with 42 deaths and 178 recovered residents.

Today's positive cases per town/township:
Absecon - 33
Atlantic City - 8
Egg Harbor Township - 4
Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Linwood - 3 each
Pleasantville - 2
Weymouth - 1

Testing for COVID-19 will continue in Atlantic County next week on Monday only for those who originally had appointments today (Thursday) as that event was postponed due to the weather. Next Tuesday and Thursday, symptomatic county residents with a doctor’s prescription can get tested. For a full list of qualifications and to make an appointment, visit the county's website.

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