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Posted on: September 6, 2020

COVID-19 Update 9/4/20

The County of Cape May Department of Health is reporting 11 new positive cases among County residents and 0 new out of county positive case that is included in the Non-resident Active Cases listed below. The County is thankful to have zero new deaths to report today.

Total positive cases of COVID-19 infection in Cape May County is now 1152 including 89 deaths.  

9.4.20 covid graphs

Isolate If You Are Sick

Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected.

People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).

Who needs to isolate?

People who have COVID-19

People who have symptoms of COVID-19 and are able to recover at home

People who have no symptoms (are asymptomatic) but have tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV-2

Steps to take

Stay home except to get medical care

Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately

Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible

Use a separate bathroom, if possible

Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets

Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils

Wear a mask when around other people, if you are able to

When you can be around others after you had or likely had COVID-19

When you can be around others (end home isolation) depends on different factors for different situations.

I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms

You can be with others after

At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and

At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and

Symptoms have improved

If you had severe illness from COVID-19 (you were admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen), your healthcare provider may recommend that you stay in isolation for longer than 10 days after your symptoms first appeared (possibly up to 20 days) and you may need to finish your period of isolation at home. If testing is available in your community, your healthcare provider may recommend that you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19 to end your isolation earlier than would be done according to the criteria above. If so, you can be around others after you receive two negative tests results in a row, from tests done at least 24 hours apart.

I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after:

10 days have passed since the date you had your positive test

If testing is available in your community, your healthcare provider may recommend that you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19 to end your isolation earlier than would be done according to the criteria above. If so, you can be around others after you receive two negative test results in a row, from tests done at least 24 hours apart.

If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “I think or know I had COVID, and I had symptoms.”

I had COVID-19 or I tested positive for COVID-19 and I have a weakened immune system

If you have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication, you might need to stay home and isolate longer than 10 days. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

If testing is available in your community, your healthcare provider may recommend you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19.  If your healthcare provider recommends testing, you can be with others after you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

Your doctor may work with an infectious disease expert at your local health department to determine when you can be around others.

Stay up to date on the current situation as it evolve. Some reliable sources are New Jersey Poison Information and Education System Hotline at 211 or 1-800-962-1253, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov, World Health Organization at www.who.int, New Jersey Department of Health at COVID19.nj.gov. For additional information visit Cape May County Department of Health at www.cmchealth.net and also like us on Facebook.

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