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On Tuesday, April 28, the Atlantic County Division of Public Health reported the deaths of five elderly residents due to complications from COVID-19. They included a 71-year-old man and a 73-year-old woman from Linwood, as well as a 75-year-old man, 86-year-old man and 86-year-old woman from Hammonton.

County health officials also confirmed 102 more residents tested positive among 39 men, ages 26-95, and 63 women, ages 19-95.

This brings the countywide totals to 878 confirmed cases, 35 deaths and 127 residents cleared as recovered.

For the second consecutive day, there was a spike in daily cases attributed to the fact that the state is currently working with Cooper Hospital to provide testing at 16 long-term care facilities in South Jersey. Positive cases in these facilities are now being included in the county’s daily counts. As more testing is completed, more positive cases are being identified.

Today’s new cases included 27 residents of Hammonton and Galloway Township, as well as 20 Absecon residents. Seven new cases were confirmed in Atlantic City and Egg Harbor Township, five in Hamilton Township, and four in Pleasantville. Somers Point and Ventnor each had two new cases, and Buena Borough had one.

Atlantic County will provide drive-thru COVID-19 testing by appointment only, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 30, for symptomatic county residents with a doctor’s prescription. The testing will be conducted behind the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing.

Residents may make an appointment online at In addition to the doctor’s prescription, residents must also provide proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill, as well as the appointment confirmation.

Those who are unable to keep their appointments are asked to cancel so that others will have an opportunity to be tested.

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.