There are now over 870,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and now there are more than 100,000 cases in New Jersey including 5,617 deaths. In Cape May County, 271 people have tested positive and 17 have died from COVID-19. The individuals who tested positive are currently being isolated and monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff are investigating and identifying close contacts of the confirmed cases and any exposure risks.
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COVID-19 can spread easily within households. “It is important for people to continue to do their part to help reduce their risk to COVID-19 and remind everyone in your home to do the same,” said Kevin Thomas, Cape May County Health Officer. “These actions are especially important for families with members at higher risk for severe illness.”
The best protection against COVID-19 is to:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Avoid touching your eye, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Self-isolate if you are sick
- Maintain physical distancing (especially by staying at home)
- Wear a cloth face covering when out in public for essential activities
Public Health advises everyone that if you are ill with a fever or respiratory symptoms, even with mild symptoms, to self-isolate at home for 7 days and until you are fever and symptom free for 72 hours. If you have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, or is presumed to be infected with COVID-19, you should quarantine at home for 14 days from your last contact with that individual.
Those at higher risk of serious illness to COVID-19 should contact their doctor as soon as they become sick. Based on what we know now, those at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:
- People 65 years and older
- People who live in nursing home or a long-term care facility
- People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, especially of not well controlled, including:
- Chronic disease or moderate to severe asthma
- Serious heart conditions
- Compromised immune systems
Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, prolonged use of immune weakening medications.
- Severe obesity (body mass index or BMI of 40 or higher)
- Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- Liver disease
Call your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19 and your underlying health conditions. Stay up to date on the current situation as it evolves. Some reliable sources are New Jersey Poison Information and Education System hotline at 211 or 1-800-962-1253, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov, the World Health Organization at www.who.int, the New Jersey Department of Health at COVID19.nj.gov. For additional information visit https://capemaycountynj.gov/ or Cape May County Department of Health at www.cmchealth.net, also like us on Facebook.