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Posted on: May 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Update - 5/29/20

Cape May Court House- New Jersey has 158,844 total COVID-19 positive cases and 11,531 deaths. Total positive cases of COVID-19 infection in Cape May County is now 620 including 48 deaths. Sadly, the Cape May County Department of Health is reporting the passing of an 85-year-old male from Middle Township.

“With deepest sympathy to the family and friends who are mourning the passing of their loved one,” said Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton.  “Wishing you strength and peace during this hard time.”

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The pandemic has posed enormous physiological, psychological, social, and financial implications on the people of New Jersey. Implementing collaborative and robust public health initiatives - like the New Jersey Community Contact Tracing Corps program – is key to breaking the chain of transmission and slowing community spread of COVID-19 as we seek to reopen the Garden State. 

While the Cape May County Health Department has been conducting contact tracing since the beginning of the outbreak and routinely perform this work, there is a need to centralize and expand contact tracing efforts across the state. To support local health, the New Jersey Department of Health is building a Community Contact Tracing Corps. To start, the Department is partnering with the state’s institutions of higher education that will employ public health, social work, and students with health-related backgrounds as frontline workers. This diverse and well-trained group of New Jerseyans will be serving the communities in which they live, work, and study.

While the initial Contact Tracing Corps will be comprised of Rutgers School of Public Health graduate public health students and alumni, the Rutgers School of Public Health will also collaborate with other institutions of higher education throughout the state, as well as units within Rutgers University, to build a robust pool of diverse student-tracers, who will be matched to the counties and communities.

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.


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