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Posted on: May 5, 2020

It is Important to Protect Everyone in Your Family, Including Your Pets


Cape May Court House- The number of COVID-19 cases continue to increase, New Jersey has 126,744 total COVID-19 cases and 7,871 deaths. Cape May County’s total has increased by 11 cases, making a total of 361 cases in the county. Currently 155 cases have recovered from COVID-19 in Cape May County. As cases continue to rise prevention remains the best protection against COVID-19. Protect yourself and your families, even your beloved family pets.  

MUNICIPALITY

ACTIVE CASES

REPORTED TODAY

OFF QUARANTINE

DEATHS

LONG TERM CARE ACTIVE CASES

LONG TERM CARE CENTER DEATHS

AVALON

1


6




CAPE MAY CITY

0


3




CAPE MAY POINT

0






DENNIS TOWNSHIP

7

1

8

1

20

2

LOWER TOWNSHIP

15

8

47

2

26

15

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP

24


37


4


NORTH WILDWOOD

3


4




OCEAN CITY

11

2

13


1


SEA ISLE CITY

0


2




STONE HARBOR

0






UPPER TOWNSHIP

27


12

2



WEST CAPE MAY

1


1




WEST WILDWOOD

0


1




WILDWOOD

17


12




WILDWOOD CREST

1


8




WOODBINE

4


1

1

21


TOTAL ACTIVE

111

 



72


TOTAL RECOVERED

 

 

155




TOTAL DECEASED

 

 

 

6


17

TOTAL CASES IN CAPE MAY COUNTY

361

 







“At this time, it is rare for animals to contract COVID-19, but there have been a few cases in the United States. There is no recommendation currently for routine testing in animals. Public health officials are still learning about the virus, but there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus in the United States. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it is always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals,” said Kevin Thomas, Health Officer.

In rare situations animals can become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, and they may experience mild signs of illness. There is no evidence that animals can spread the disease to people. Call your veterinarian with any concerns about your pet’s health. The veterinarian will determine if they need to see your pet. Please let them know if anyone in the household has signs of COVID-19 before visiting the animal hospital. 

Until we know more, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following:

• Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.

• Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people. • Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals.

• Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.


Individuals that are sick should restrict contact with pets and other animals. Limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.

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 Cape May County Department of Health at www.cmchealth.net, also like us on Facebook.

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