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Six additional long-term care residents have died from complications of COVID-19, Atlantic County health officials reported today. They included three Absecon women, ages 62, 84 and 85; two Hammonton men, ages 78 and 95; and a 76-year-old Northfield man, all of whom had pre-existing conditions that put them at higher risk.

Thirty-two more positives have also been identified among 14 males, ages 2-80, and 18 females, ages 22-71. Eight of them are from Atlantic City, six are from Hammonton, four are from Pleasantville, and three are from Ventnor. Absecon, Egg Harbor City and Egg Harbor Township all had two new cases while Galloway and Hamilton townships, Linwood, Northfield and Somers Point had one each.

To date, 1,892 positives have been confirmed in Atlantic County with 127 deaths. A total of 648 residents have now been cleared as recovered with the addition of 107 more residents today.

Atlantic County will continue to provide COVID-19 testing 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 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day and can be made online at

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.

In the event of inclement weather (heavy rain, thunderstorms and/or high winds) on a scheduled test date, residents with appointments should check the county website ( for updates regarding postponement and rescheduling.

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

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