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To keep the public informed, the Cape May County Board of County Commissioners are providing regular updates in government services and pertinent links regarding COVID-19. Coronavirus is a serious illness that spreads from person to person. Cape May County officials are working closely with the State and Federal Government to provide the latest information to help mitigate the spread of this virus.

Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton and Commissioner Jeffrey L. Pierson, who oversees the Cape May County Department of Health want to assure everyone that the County is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in Cape May County and throughout the region. Their foremost goal is to protect the well-being of our employees and families as well as our residents and visitors and continue to provide essential services to our County.

County government will continue to operate, and all government functions will be offered with some adjustments including limited hours of operation and reduced services. Communications remain open and the public is encouraged to call or email for needed services or information.

We are all working together to keep you informed and safe.

Gerald M. Thornton, Commissioner Director
Jeffrey L. Pierson, Commissioner, Liaison, Health and Human Services.


Governor Philip D. Murphy 

Executive Orders Regarding COVID-19

Administrative Orders Regarding COVID-19


The Board of County Commissioners have passed resolutions regarding COVID-19, click here to view the resolutions.


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COVID-19 Update Week of 12/3

COVID cases are on the rise throughout much of the Northeastern United States, including here in New Jersey. Residents are reminded of the importance of protecting themselves during these winter months when activities are largely held indoors. Vaccination remains the best protection for yourself and your family. It is also recommended to mask when indoors and social distancing is difficult. Despite the regionwide COVID increase in cases, locally there is no threat to the hospital system as Cape Regional Medical Center maintains plenty of capacity. The Hospital is only reporting four COVID positive patients as of today.

  • Tuesday Dec. 7th 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at Cape May County Library, 30 Mechanic St. in Cape May Court House – First and Second shots of Moderna or First shot of Johnson & Johnson – no boosters will be given at this location.
  • Wednesday Dec. 8th 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the Avalon Community Center, 3001 Avalon Ave. in Avalon – Moderna or Johnson & Johnson

The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 23,598 doses so far. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 72,817 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 62,651 have been fully vaccinated. The CDC also reports that 68% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. 

“These winter months when temperatures make it difficult to be outside are challenging,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson, liaison to the Cape May County Department of Health. “I remind residents to take the necessary steps to protect themselves and their families. We are so proud of the high vaccination rate our County has and we believe this is helping to prevent many people from needing to go to the hospital.”

For more information on obtaining the vaccine, quickly and free of charge, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/226/Health-Department or call (609) 465-1187. Cape May County has recorded 13,146 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 12,440 of those are now off quarantine. More details on daily reported case numbers can be found at https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard.


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COVID-19 Update Week of 11/26

Anyone who is 18 years of age or older is now eligible for the COVID-19 booster shot throughout all of New Jersey. The Cape May County Department of Health is offering booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals that have received the Moderna vaccine must wait six months before receiving the booster shot. People who have taken the Johnson & Johnson vaccine need to wait two months before getting the booster. The County’s DOH will be providing all Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccinations, including booster doses, along with Flu shots at the Avalon Community Center every Wednesday from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M, no appointments needed as this is a walk-in clinic. They will also be providing first and second doses via their mobile vaccine clinic weekly as well. This upcoming week, vaccines will be available:

  • Monday Nov. 29th 10 A.M. to Noon at Lazarus House, Burke and Pacific Aves. in Wildwood – First and Second shots of Moderna or First shot of Johnson & Johnson – no boosters will be given at this location.
  • Wednesday Dec. 1st 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the Avalon Community Center, 3001 Avalon Ave. in Avalon – Moderna or Johnson & Johnson

New COVID-19 cases are on the rise, especially in many of the Northeastern states as the cooler weather brings people indoors. The Cape May County Department of Health recommends that people get vaccinated and mask up when indoors and social distancing can’t be maintained. 

The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 23,366 doses so far. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 72,085 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 62,343 have been fully vaccinated. The CDC also reports that 68% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. 

“We remind our residents to stay vigilant this holiday season as seasonal COVID cases rise during the cold weather months when people are indoors,” said Commissioner Jeff Pierson, liaison to the Cape May County Department of Health. “Getting vaccinated and receiving the booster if you qualify is the best protection against the spread of COVID-19.”

For more information on obtaining the vaccine, quickly and free of charge, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/226/Health-Department or call (609) 465-1187. Cape May County has recorded 12,825 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 12,302 of those are now off quarantine. More details on daily reported case numbers can be found at https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard.

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COVID-19 Update Week of 11/19

Cape May County has the lowest Rate of Infection (RT) among all New Jersey counties, according to the website Covidactnow.org. The County is the only one in New Jersey with an RT below 1.0. If the RT is below 1.0, it can be said the spread of COVID-19 in the community is decreasing. The latest RT is .97 for Cape May County. The Cape May County Department of Health is reminding residents of the importance of getting vaccinated and wearing a mask when indoors and social distancing can’t be maintained. The RT for the entire State is 1.17 so residents should be extra vigilant about protecting themselves and their families.  

The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 23,336 doses so far. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 71,295 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 62,140 have been fully vaccinated. The CDC also reports that 68% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. 

The Cape May County Department of Health is offering booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals that have received the Moderna vaccine must wait six months before receiving the booster shot. People who have taken the Johnson & Johnson vaccine need to wait two months before getting the booster. The County’s DOH will be providing all Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccinations, including booster doses, along with Flu shots at the Avalon Community Center every Wednesday (except this upcoming week due to a scheduling conflict from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M, no appointments needed as this is a walk-in clinic. They will also be providing first and second doses via their mobile vaccine clinic weekly as well. This upcoming week, vaccines will be available:

  • Monday Nov. 22nd 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at Rio Grande Plaza, 1500 Route 47 South, Rio Grande – First and Second shots of Moderna or First shot of Johnson & Johnson – no boosters will be given at this location.

“We encourage everyone as the winter months approach and we spend more time indoors to protect themselves,” said Commissioner Jeff Pierson, liaison to the Cape May County Department of Health. “Vaccination is the best way to mitigate infection. Our Department of Health will continue to work in the communities to make it as easy as possible to get the vaccine.”

For more information on obtaining the vaccine, quickly and free of charge, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/226/Health-Department or call (609) 465-1187. Cape May County has recorded 12,641 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 12,208 of those are now off quarantine. More details on daily reported case numbers can be found at https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard.

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COVID-19 Update Week of 11/12

Cape May County continues to perform well among New Jersey counties in vaccination rates. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 67.1% of the entire County’s population is fully vaccinated. The percentage increases to 87.3% when only looking at individuals who are aged 65 and over, which are the people most at-risk from COVID-19. Cape May County ranks in the top five among all counties in the State in percentage of population vaccinated.

The Cape May County Department of Health is offering booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals that have received the Moderna vaccine must wait six months before receiving the booster shot. People who have taken the Johnson & Johnson vaccine need to wait two months before getting the booster. The County’s DOH will be providing all Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccinations, including booster doses, along with Flu shots at the Avalon Community Center every Wednesday (except Nov. 24 due to a scheduling conflict) from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M, no appointments needed as this is a walk-in clinic. They will also be providing first and second doses via their mobile vaccine clinic weekly as well. This upcoming week, vaccines will be available:

  • Wednesday Nov. 17th 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the Avalon Community Center, 3001 Avalon Ave. in Avalon – Moderna or Johnson & Johnson
  • Thursday Nov. 18th 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at Ocean View Fire Company, 2545 Rt. 9. in Ocean View – First and Second shots of Moderna or First shot of Johnson & Johnson – no boosters will be given at this location.

“We encourage everyone to get vaccinated, it is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones,” said Cape May County Commissioner Vice-Director Leonard Desiderio, Co-Chair of the County’s Recovery Task Force. “We thank our Department of Health, under the direction of Commissioner Jeff Pierson for their tireless work to keep our County safe from COVID-19.”

For more information on obtaining the vaccine, quickly and free of charge, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/226/Health-Department or call (609) 465-1187. Cape May County has recorded 12,520 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 12,116 of those are now off quarantine. More details on daily reported case numbers can be found at https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard.

Sadly, today we are announcing the passing of three individuals a 50-year-old female from West Wildwood, a 56-year-old female from Upper Township and a 64-year-old male from Middle Township, “Words cannot express how saddened we are for these loss of lives”, said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends.”


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COVID-19 Update Week of 11/5

New COVID-19 cases continue to trend downward in Cape May County. The 30-day average has dropped by more than one-third over the past 30 days. The latest Rate of Transmission (RT) according to covidactnow.org in the County is at .74, which is the lowest since July 6 from this summer. The website also reports that Cape May County has the lowest RT among all counties in New Jersey.

The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 22,671 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 75,405 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 59,548 have been fully vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 67% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. 

The Cape May County Department of Health is offering booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals that have received the Moderna vaccine must wait six months before receiving the booster shot. People who have taken the Johnson & Johnson vaccine need to wait two months before getting the booster. The County’s DOH will be providing all Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccinations, including booster doses, along with Flu shots at the Avalon Community Center every Wednesday from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M, no appointments needed as this is a walk-in clinic. They will also be providing first and second doses via their mobile vaccine clinic weekly as well. This upcoming week, vaccines will be available:

  • Tuesday Nov. 9th 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at Christ Gospel Church, 2209 Rt. 9. in Whitesboro – First and Second shots of Moderna or First shot of Johnson & Johnson – no boosters will be given at this location.
  • Wednesday Nov. 10th 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the Avalon Community Center, 3001 Avalon Ave. in Avalon – Moderna or Johnson & Johnson

“The latest data is very encouraging, and we thank our Cape May County residents for their hard work,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson. “Vaccinations are proving to be effective, and we encourage anyone who has not yet received one to protect themselves and their families.”

For more information on obtaining the vaccine, quickly and free of charge, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/226/Health-Department or call (609) 465-1187. Cape May County has recorded 12,424 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 12,003 of those are now off quarantine. More details on daily reported case numbers can be found at https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard.

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COVID-19 Update Week of 10/29

Cape May County has the third lowest Rate of Transmission (RT) among all counties in New Jersey. The latest RT in County is .86. Anytime the RT is below 1.0 indicates that the spread of COVID-19 is decreasing at this time. Cape May County currently ranks in the top five among New Jersey counties among percentage of fully vaccinated individuals.

The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 22,260 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 72,574 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 59,163 have been fully vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 67% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. 

The Cape May County Department of Health is offering booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals that have received the Moderna vaccine must wait six months before receiving the booster shot. People who have taken the Johnson & Johnson vaccine need to wait two months before getting the booster. The County’s DOH will be providing all Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccinations, including booster doses, along with Flu shots at the Avalon Community Center every Wednesday from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M, no appointments needed as this is a walk-in clinic. They will also be providing first and second doses via their mobile vaccine clinic weekly as well. This upcoming week, vaccines will be available:

  • Wednesday Nov. 3rd 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the Avalon Community Center, 3001 Avalon Ave. in Avalon – Moderna or Johnson & Johnson
  • Thursday Nov. 4th 2:30 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the Holly Beach Fire Company, 103 W. Montgomery Ave. in Wildwood – First and Second shots of Moderna or First shot of Johnson & Johnson – no boosters will be given at this location.

“The Cape May County Department of Health continues to provide mobile vaccination opportunities in the community to make it quick and easy to get vaccinated,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson, liaison to the Cape May County Department of Health. “Vaccination remains the safest way to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19.”

For more information on obtaining the vaccine, quickly and free of charge, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/226/Health-Department or call (609) 465-1187. Cape May County has recorded 12,335 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 11,836 of those are now off quarantine. More details on daily reported case numbers can be found at https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard.

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COVID-19 Update Week of 10/22

The Rate of Transmission (RT) has dropped in Cape May County week-over-week. When the RT is below 1.0, it can be said that the spread of COVID-19 is decreasing. The RT in the County is at .90, compared to .97 one week ago, according to the website covidactnow.org. This is the lowest the RT has been in Cape May County since July 13 of this year. 

The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 22,161 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 69,737 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 58,822 have been fully vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 66% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. 

The Cape May County Department of Health is providing COVID-19 vaccinations in the community weekly. This upcoming week, vaccines will be available:

  • Wednesday Oct 27th 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the Cape May County Department of Health building, 6 Moore Rd. in Cape May Court House
  • Thursday Oct. 28th 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the Soar Church, 1324 Dehirsch Ave. Woodbine

“Cape May County continues to see a decline in COVID-19 cases, and we are encouraged to see the Rate of Transmission decreasing,” said Cape May County Commissioner Vice-Director Leonard Desiderio, Co-Chair of the County’s Recovery Task Force. “We appreciate the hard work of our Cape May County residents that have continued to keep the County with one of the highest rates of vaccinations in New Jersey and protecting themselves by masking indoors when social distancing is difficult.”

For more information on obtaining the vaccine, quickly and free of charge, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/226/Health-Department or call (609) 465-1187. Cape May County has recorded 12,219 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 11,673 of those are now off quarantine. More details on daily reported case numbers can be found at https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard.

Sadly, today we are announcing the passing of a 73-year-old male from Upper Township, a 84-year-old female from Lower Township and a 91-year-old male from Avalon, “My heart goes out to the families of those who lost their loved ones,” said Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton. “May your memories give you peace and comfort at this time of loss.”

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COVID-19 Update Week of 10/15

Cape May County continues to maintain one of the highest percentages of vaccinations as new cases continue to trend down. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Cape May County is top five among New Jersey counties for total percentage of residents with at least one dose of the COVID vaccine at 73.2%. The Rate of Transmissions (RT) is currently at .96. Anytime the RT is below 1.0 it can be said the spread of the virus is decreasing. 

The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 22,148 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 68,284 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 58,548 have been fully vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 66% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. 

The Cape May County Department of Health is providing COVID-19 vaccinations in the community weekly. This upcoming week, vaccines will be available:

  • Wednesday Oct 20th 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the Cape May County Department of Health building, 6 Moore Rd. in Cape May Court House
  • Thursday Oct. 21st 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the Cape May County Recovery Court, 9 N. Main St., Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

“The Rate of Transmission has remained below 1.0 since the beginning of September and our 30-day average of new COVID cases has steadily been decreasing,” said Cape May County Commissioner Vice-Director Leonard Desiderio, Co-Chair of the County’s Recovery Task Force. “We are encouraged by the news but remind residents of the importance of getting vaccinated and wearing a mask indoors when social distancing is difficult.”

For more information on obtaining the vaccine, quickly and free of charge, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/226/Health-Department or call (609) 465-1187. Cape May County has recorded 12,043 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 11,462 of those are now off quarantine. More details on daily reported case numbers can be found at https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard.

Sadly, we are announcing the passing of three individuals, a 75-year-old female from Lower Township, an 82-year-old male from Lower Township, and a 94-year-old male from Sea Isle City. “I am deeply saddened by the news of this loss of life,” said Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton. “I pray that the families of the departed will have the strength needed to get through this sad time.”

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