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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 10/8

Cape May County's Department of Health vaccination program continues to grow with a vaccination rate of 65.2% fully vaccinated residents, and 72.2% having at least one dose as of October 7.  This equates to 60,092 people fully vaccinated and 66,689 receiving one dose.  

The number of fully vaccinated people in Cape May County increased by 1,910 first dose vaccines over the past week.  The numbers of fully vaccinated residents jumped nearly 4% over the past 7 days with an increase of 2,163 fully vaccinated residents to date.  The positive test rate is down .25% over last week at 6.17%.  The Cape May County Department of Health has administered 22,121 vaccines to date.  

The County's Transmission Rate remains under 1.0 at .97, indicating a slower spread of the virus.  The County is rated as having a Medium - Average Vulnerability rate, based on age, population and other socio-economic factors, indicating that Cape May County ranks favorable in responding to and recovering from a COVID outbreak, per the NJ Vaccine and Risk Tracker. 

Cape May County is approaching the Governor's goal of 70% of residents vaccinated with over 65% of all county residents being fully vaccinated so far.

The Department of Health mobile vaccination clinics continue to operate throughout different locations within the County.  Vaccinations are available each Wednesday at the Cape May County Health Department at the Crest Haven Complex in Cape May Court House. The mobile vaccination vehicle is available at the following locations during the upcoming week.


Tuesday October 12th CMC Commons 

3801 Rte 9 S, Rio Grande, NJ 08242

10:30 a.m.-1pm


Wednesday October 13th  CMCDOH

6 Moore Road, CMCH, NJ 08210

1pm-5pm


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 11,870 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 11,222of 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 a 58-year-old male from Lower Township, “A thought of comfort and condolences to the grieving family,” said Commissioner Jeff Pierson.

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COVID-19 Update Week of 10/1

Cape May County Department of Health continues in its efforts to move forward in managing the COVID-19 vaccination program with 334 more fully vaccinated (two doses) and 1,106 receiving their first vaccine this past week, according to the New Jersey Department of Health Vaccine Tracker.  

Cape May County's Infection Rate continues to slow down at .88, marking an ongoing trend in reducing the spread of the virus.  The County ranks in the top, with Middlesex County, with the lowest infection rate.

Currently 64.7% of eligible residents have been fully vaccinated with two doses.  To date 57,929 people have been fully vaccinated and 64,779 have received on dose.  The Cape May County Department of Health has administered 22,087 vaccines to date.  

The Department of Health Public Clinic is open on every Wednesday from 1 to 6 for vaccinations.  The mobile vaccination unit will be in the following locations this week.


Tuesday October 5th   Lower Township National Night Out –

1200 Lincoln Blvd., North Cape May, NJ 08204

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Wednesday October 6th  CMCDOH –

6 Moore Road, CMCH, NJ 08210

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

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 11,640 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 11,008 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 two Individuals, a 77-year old female from Wildwood, and a 94-year old female from Upper Township,“Words cannot even begin to express my sorrow,” said Commissioner Director Gerald Thornton. “Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one.”

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COVID-19 Update Week of 9/24

Cape May County remains among lowest five Counties in the state in new cases and remains in the top four counties of fully vaccinated eligible residents, according to the CDC tracker data. The rate of infection is .98 and under the 1.0 rate indicating a reduction in the spread of the virus.

The rate of fully vaccinated people in Cape May County is 64.3% with 57,595 fully vaccinated and 63,673 having received one dose as of September 24.  Vaccinations among those 65 and over, our most vulnerable population, is 60% and ranks within the top four counties in the State.

The vaccination rate in Cape May County continues to climb with nearly 500 vaccines administered over the past week.  The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 22,031 doses to date.

The Department of Health mobile vaccination clinics continue to operate throughout different locations within the County.  Vaccinations are available each Wednesday at the Cape May County Health Department at the Crest Haven Complex in Cape May Court House. The mobile vaccination vehicle is available at the following locations during the upcoming week.

 

Saturday September 25thIrish Fest –

1st Ave and Olde NJ Ave  Keenan's

8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


Sunday September 26th First Assembly of God

1068 Seashore Rd, Cape May, NJ 08204

11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.


Tuesday September 28th- West Cape May

732 Broadway, Cape May, NJ 08204

 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


Wednesday September 29th- CMCDOH

1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.


Thursday September 30th – Cape May City Public Works – City Hall-

643 Washington Street

9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

 

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 11,405 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 10,713 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, an70-year old female from Dennis Township, a 83-year old male from Wildwood and a 88-year old male from Cape May, “The loss of these community members has left all of us deeply saddened,” said Commissioner Jeff Pierson.

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COVID-19 Update Week of 9/17

The Rate of Transmission (RT) dropped slightly week-over-week in Cape May County. The current RT is .94 currently versus .95 last week, according to the website covidactnow.org. Anytime the RT is below 1.0, it can be said the spread of coronavirus is decreasing. 

Cape May County currently ranks fourth among all New Jersey counties for the percentage of the total population that is fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among the most vulnerable portion of the population, 65 years old and older, 85% of the population is fully vaccinated in the County. 

The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 21,993 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 63,164 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 57,180 have been fully vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 64% 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:

  • Monday Sept. 20th 10 A.M. to Noon at The Reeds at Shelter Haven, 9601 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor
  • Tuesday Sept. 21st 9:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Wildwood Crest Rescue Building, 9300 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood Crest
  • Wednesday Sept. 22nd 1 P.M. to 6 P.M. at the Cape May County Department of Health building, 6 Moore Rd. in Cape May Court House
  • Thursday Sept. 23rd 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the Cape May County Recovery Court, 9 N. Main St., Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
  • Saturday Sept. 25th 8:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Irish Fall Festival, 1st Ave. and Olde New Jersey Ave. at Keenans Irish Pub
  • Sunday Sept. 26th 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. at First Assembly of God, 1068 Seashore Rd., Cape May, NJ 08204

“We are encouraged by the recent decrease in the Rate of Transmission over the past few weeks,” said Cape May County Commissioner Vice-Director Leonard Desiderio, Co-Chair of the County’s Recovery Task Force. “This doesn’t mean that our County residents should let up. It is important to continue to protect themselves through vaccination and to wear 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 11,172 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 10,467 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, 62-year-old female from Lower Township, a 74-year-old male from Middle Township and a 46-year-old male from Wildwood. “We are sharing in your sadness as your loved ones are remembered,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeffrey Pierson. “Our thoughts are with the families and friends.”

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COVID-19 Update Week of 9/10

The good news regarding decreasing COVID cases continued this week in Cape May County. The County’s Rate of Transmission fell below 1.0 this week for the first time since July 14. When the RT is below 1.0, it can be said the spread of the coronavirus is decreasing. The current RT is 0.95, according to the website covidactnow.org. 

County officials are still reminding residents of the importance to protect themselves against the Delta variant and to keep the positive momentum. Vaccination remains the best protection. While the weather remains warm, take advantage of it being safer to socialize outdoors instead of indoors. It is also recommended to mask while indoors and people can’t keep six feet of social distance.

The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 21,908 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 62,550 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 56,666 have been fully vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 63% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. Cape May County is top five among counties in New Jersey for percentage of total population vaccinated.

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

  • Tuesday Sept. 14: 9:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. at County Commons, 3801 U.S. 9, Rio Grande 
  • Wednesday Sept. 15: 1 P.M. to 6 P.M. at the Cape May County Department of Health building, 6 Moore Rd. in Cape May Court House
  • Thursday Sept. 16: 9:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Branches, 1304 Rt. 47 So, Rio Grande
  • Saturday Sept. 18: 8 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Sea Isle City Fall Family Festival, JFK Blvd. & Promenade Sea Isle City

“It is encouraging to see the Rate of Transmission drop below that key 1.0 threshold,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeffrey Pierson, liaison to the Cape May County Department of Health. “We continue to encourage residents to get vaccinated so that they protect themselves and their loved ones.” 

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 10,881 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 10,165 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 four individuals today a 60-year-old male from Upper Township, 72-year-old male from Middle Township, 74-year-old female, and a 93-year-old male both from Lower Township.  “My thoughts are with the families and friends during this difficult time of loss,” said Commissioner Jeff Pierson.


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COVID-19 Update Week of 9/3

Cape May County experienced a drop in COVID-19 cases week-over-week. There was an 11% decrease when comparing new COVID cases reported by the Cape May County Department of Health from August 28 to September 3 compared to August 21 to August 27. There have been less than 40 new cases of COVID-19 reported on four different days this week. The last time there have been four different days in a week with less than 40 cases came between July 31 and August 6.

This reduction in cases correlates with the County’s steady decline in the Rate of Infection (RT) over the past month. The RT is currently at 1.05, according to the website of covidactnow.com, which has been decreasing from 1.47 on July 29. If the RT is above 1.0, it can be said that the spread of COVID-19 is increasing. This is the lowest the RT has been since July 15 in the County. To keep up the progress, residents are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and to wear masks indoors when social distancing is difficult and ventilation not ideal.

Hospitalization data is improving as well. Cape Regional Medical Center reported 18 COVID positive patients on September 2, compared to 20 on August 26. This is also down from 28 individuals who were COVID positive at Cape Regional on August 31st

The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 21,849 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 61,997 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 56,250 have been fully vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 63% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. Cape May County is top five among counties in New Jersey for percentage of total population vaccinated.

The Cape May County Department of Health is providing COVID-19 vaccinations in the community weekly. This week, vaccines will be available from 9:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Seaville Fire Co. 36 NJ-50, in Ocean View on Tuesday September 6. Vaccinations are also available every Wednesday at the Cape May County Department of Health building, located at 6 Moore Rd. in Cape May Court House from 1 P.M. to 6 P.M.

“The reinforced messaging that Cape May County initiated when the spread of the Delta variant began appears to be paying off,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson, liaison to the Cape May County Department of Health. “We continue to encourage people to take the COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and their families. Our County Department of Health continues to be out in the community every week to make getting the vaccine as easy as possible for our residents.”

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 10,624 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 9,824 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 four individuals, a 29-year-old male from Lower Township, a 62-year-old male from Wildwood, a 79-year-old male from Middle Township and an 87-year-old male from Upper Township, “I am deeply saddened by the news of these losses of lives,” 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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COVID-19 Update Week of 8/27

The roll out of the COVID vaccines took another major step forward this week. The Pfizer vaccine for the Coronavirus received full Food and Drug Administration approval after operating under an Emergency Use Authorization. This is the next step in the process and shows an additional layer of safety for these vaccines.

The Rate of Infection (RT) continued to decrease over the past week. If the RT is above 1.0, it can be said that the spread of COVID-19 is increasing. The RT is currently 1.12, which is down from 1.24 one week ago, according to the website covidactnow.com. The RT has been on the decline since July 29 within the County. New daily COVID-19 cases among Cape May County resident have gone up recently. Residents are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and to wear masks indoors when social distancing is difficult and ventilation not ideal.

The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 21,790 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 61,242 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 55,713 have been fully vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 62% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. Cape May County is top five among counties in New Jersey for percentage of total population vaccinated.

The Cape May County Department of Health is providing COVID-19 vaccinations in the community weekly. This week, vaccines will be available from 9:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Holly Beach Fire Company, located at 103 W Montgomery Ave, Wildwood, on August 30, at West Cape May Farmers Market, located at 732 Broadway, West Cape May, from 3:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. on August 30 and at the Wildwood Housing Authority, located at 3700 New Jersey Ave., Wildwoodfrom 9:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on September 2. Vaccinations are also available every Wednesday at the Cape May County Department of Health building, located at 6 Moore Rd. in Cape May Court House from 1 P.M. to 6 P.M.

“The Cape May County Department of Health has been doing a great job of visiting multiple places per week, including community events to make getting the COVID-19 vaccine as easy as possible,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson, liaison to the County’s Department of Health. “I have seen firsthand how hard the staff is working to protect our County residents and we continue to work collaboratively to figure out the best plans going forward to combat the coronavirus.”

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 10,316 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 9,512 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 this week a 61-year male from Lower Township, a 65-year old male from Upper Township and a 92-year old male from Middle Township, “Extending our deepest sympathy to all of the families during this sad time,” said Commissioner Director Gerald Thornton. “Our prayers and blessings are with you.”

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COVID-19 Update Week of 8/20/21

The Rate of Infection (RT) continues to drop in Cape May County, as the County government continues its renewed push to encourage vaccinations among residents. If the RT is above 1.0, it can be said that the spread of COVID-19 is increasing. The RT is currently 1.22, which is down from 1.39 one week ago, according to the website covidactnow.com. Overall, there has been a decrease in RT since July 29 within the County. 

The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 21,679 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 60,193 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 54,993 have been fully vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 61% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. Cape May County is top five among counties in New Jersey for percentage of total population vaccinated.

As a result of the County’s high vaccination rate, hospitalization remains relatively low. Cape Regional Medical Center had 11 COVID positive patients in the hospital as of Thursday, which is well below the winter highs. The Cape May County Department of Health is providing COVID-19 vaccinations in the community weekly. This week, vaccines will be available from 10 A.M. to Noon at the Reeds, located at 9601 3rd Ave. in Stone Harbor, on August 23, at the Cape May County Library Woodbine Branch, located at 800 Monroe Ave. in Woodbine, from 9:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. on August 24 and August 26, and the Cape May Lewes Ferry Cape May Terminal, located at 1200 Lincoln Blvd. in North Cape May from 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. on August 25, for the Lower Township Family Concert Series. Vaccinations are also available every Wednesday at the Cape May County Department of Health building, located at 6 Moore Rd. in Cape May Court House from 1 P.M. to 6 P.M.

“Getting vaccinated remains the best option to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19,” said Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton. “Our County Department of Health continues to work hard to ensure that it is as easy as possible for our residents to receive 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 9,970 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 9,211 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 64-year-old male from Wildwood and a 74-year-old male from Lower Township. “We are sharing in your sadness as your loved ones are remembered,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson. “Our thoughts are with the families and friends.”

 


COVID-19 Update Week of 8/13/21

Cape May County has begun a renewed push to encourage residents to get vaccinated. Through television, radio and print advertising, the County Board of Commissioners is informing residents of the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant and the need for all eligible residents to get vaccinated.

The Delta variant continues to be the dominate strain of COVID-19. The latest results from the New Jersey Department of Health estimates that 90% of the new coronavirus over a four-week period ending on July 24 were from Delta. The good news is that the Cape May County Rate of Infection (RT) has been decreasing from the high of 1.47 on July 29 to 1.36 currently. Anytime the RT is above 1.0, it can be said that the spread of COVID-19 is increasing. The peak RT for Cape May County was 1.50 in March of 2020.

“Our ‘Finish Strong - Safely Together’ messaging campaign has been very effective,” said Cape May County Commission Director Gerald M. Thornton. “Cape May County is in the top five in terms of number of residents vaccinated, but we still have about 30% of our eligible residents who need to get the vaccine. Each person that gets the vaccine moves Cape May County one step closer to putting covid behind us.”

The Cape May County Department of Health is providing COVID-19 vaccinations in the community weekly. This week, vaccines will be available from 9:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Cape May County Park and Zoo, located at 707 Route 9 North in Cape May Court House, on August 16, and at the Barefoot Country Music Fest, located at 3601 Boardwalk in Wildwood, from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. from August 17 to August 19. Vaccinations are also available every Wednesday at the Cape May County Department of Health building, located at 6 Moore Rd. in Cape May Court House from 1 P.M. to 6 P.M.

“The County’s Department of Health is working tirelessly to ensure that it is easy for people to get vaccinated,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson. “We encourage people to protect themselves and their families by getting the COVID 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 9,657 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 8,970 of those are now off quarantine. More details on daily reported case numbers can be found at https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard.

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 21,635 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 59,576 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 54,577 have been fully vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 61% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated.

It is with great sadness that we are reporting the passing of two individuals from Middle Township, an 81-year-old female and a 69-year-old female. “My heart goes out to the families of those who lost loved ones,” said Thornton. “May your memories give you peace and comfort.”

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COVID-19 Update Week of 8/6/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 21,535 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 58,904 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 54,189 have been fully vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 60% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated.

As with most of the State of New Jersey and many areas of the Country, the daily case rate of COVID-19 rose in Cape May County over the past week. It appears the more transmissible Delta variant of the COVID virus is within the County population and is likely accounting for many of the new cases. Fortunately, hospitalizations have remained relatively low, with 11 covid positive patients admitted as of Thursday’s report.

The attached chart shows the number of daily cases reported over the past ten days, with Cape May County averaging about 20 cases per day. This is well below the numbers from January when the County was averaging approximately 40 new cases per day.

While Cape May County has been reported as having the highest average daily case rate, the actual average number of daily cases in Cape May County remains well below last winter’s highs when the pandemic was sometimes averaging 40 cases per day. Among the top ten counties with the highest daily case rate, Cape May County has the second lowest number of total daily cases. 

Nevertheless, the County is updating its messaging to residents to continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated but also to remind residents of the mitigation techniques that help to slow the spread such as sanitization, social distancing and wearing masks in indoor settings where social distancing is difficult. To that end, like many private businesses, the County has reinstituted the policy to require members of the public to wear masks when conducting business at indoor County facilities.

“The Cape May County Department of Health continues to monitor the various COVID variants, including the Delta strain that is dominate currently,” said Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton. “We believe these actions are in the best interest of the visitors to our building, along with our employees and follows the recommendations of the CDC. Our Department of Health continues to provide weekly availability to get vaccinated, which is the best way to stay protected from COVID-19.”

Many private entities continue to offer vaccine shots, many on a walk-in basis.  The Cape May County Department of Health also offers walk-in shots and is conducting mobile vaccine clinics around the County. 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.

For more information, including the daily reported case numbers, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard. Cape May County has recorded 9,350 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 8,811 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Update Week of 7/30/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 21,484 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 58,213 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 53,875 have been fully vaccinated. 

Cape May County officials are reminding residents of the importance of getting vaccinated. New COVID-19 cases have been rising in Cape May County and nationwide due primarily to the Delta variant. The Delta variant accounts for more than 80% of all new COVID-19 cases in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vaccinations help people avoid new infections and more importantly, keep people out of the hospital. The CDC also reports that less than 3% of all hospitalizations for COVID-19 involve vaccinated individuals. Anyone who is 12 years old and up is eligible to be vaccinated. Those under the age of 18 years old can only receive the Pfizer vaccine at this time. 

“The Cape May County Department of Health continues to provide opportunities to get vaccinated, along with the many pharmacies around the County that have walk in availability as well,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson, liaison to the Cape May County Department of Health. “Vaccines are saving lives. We encourage people with questions to speak with their doctors before making a decision.”

The Cape May County Department of Health is providing COVID vaccines three days a week, two days in the community and one day at their offices. The next mobile clinics will be held on Aug. 3rd at Wildwood’s National Night Out event located at Fox Park from 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. and Aug. 5th at the Wildwood Housing Authority at 3700 New Jersey Ave. from 9:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. The Cape May County Department of Health vaccination clinic on Aug. 4th will take place at their offices located at 6 Moore Rd. in Cape May Court House from 1 P.M. to 6 P.M.

Cape May County COVID vaccination rate is still above the New Jersey average. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 60% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated, versus 58% Statewide. 

Anyone interested in finding alternative sites to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can visit https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder. The website easily allows the user to find a walk-in location for the COVID-19 vaccine by searching via zip code. The search results then provide available sites, minimum age at that location based on the vaccine available there, street address, and a phone number to call for more information. 

For more information, including the daily reported case numbers, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard. Cape May County has recorded 9143 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 8757 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Update Week of 7/23/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 21,443 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 57,636 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 53,391 have been fully vaccinated. 

Cape May County's Rate of Infection is once again below 1.0, which means that new cases are decreasing currently. The RT is currently at 0.84, which is the lowest of all counties in New Jersey. The Statewide RT currently is at 1.29. The last time the RT was above 1.0 in Cape May County was March 27. The Rate of Positivity for new COVID tests is 2.6%.

The Cape May County Department of Health is providing COVID vaccines three days a week, two days in the community and one day at their offices. Clinics will be held in the community on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. and at the Cape May County Department of Health every Wednesday from 1 P.M. to 6 P.M. The next mobile clinics will be held on July 27th and July 29th at Woodbine Ambulance Corps Building at 517 DeHirsch Avenue in Woodbine. The Cape May County Department of Health vaccination clinic on July 28th will take place at their offices located at 6 Moore Rd. in Cape May Court House.

Cape May County COVID vaccination rate is still above the New Jersey average. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 59% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated, versus 57% Statewide. 

Anyone interested in finding alternative sites to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can visit https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder. The website easily allows the user to find a walk-in location for the COVID-19 vaccine by searching via zip code. The search results then provide available sites, minimum age at that location based on the vaccine available there, street address, and a phone number to call for more information. 

For more information, including the daily reported case numbers, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard. Cape May County has recorded 9003 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 8730 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Update Week of 7/16/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 21,420 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 57,117 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 52,953 have been fully vaccinated. 

Cape May County's Rate of Infection is once again below 1.0, which means that new cases are decreasing currently. The RT is currently at 0.66, which is down from 0.74 one week ago. The last time the RT was above 1.0 was March 27. The Rate of Positivity for new COVID tests is 1.0%, which is almost half of what it was one week ago. 

The Cape May County Department of Health is providing COVID vaccines three days a week, two days in the community and one day at their offices. Clinics will be held in the community on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. and at the Cape May County Department of Health every Wednesday from 1 P.M. to 6 P.M. The next mobile clinics will be held on July 20th and July 22nd at the Lower Township Senior Center at 2612 Bayshore Rd. The Cape May County Department of Health vaccination clinic on July 21st will take place at their offices located at 6 Moore Rd. in Cape May Court House.

Cape May County COVID vaccination rate is still above the New Jersey average. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 59% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated, versus 57% Statewide. 

Anyone interested in finding alternative sites to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can visit https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder. The website easily allows the user to find a walk-in location for the COVID-19 vaccine by searching via zip code. The search results then provide available sites, minimum age at that location based on the vaccine available there, street address, and a phone number to call for more information. 

For more information, including the daily reported case numbers, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard. Cape May County has recorded 8952 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 8715 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Update Week of 7/9/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 21,396 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 56,850 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 52,594 have been fully vaccinated. 

Cape May County's Rate of Infection continues to stay under 1.0, meaning new cases are decreasing currently. The current RT is 0.74. The last time the RT was above 1.0 was March 27. The Rate of Positivity for new COVID tests is 1.6%. 

The Cape May County Department of Health is providing COVID vaccines three days a week, two days in the community and one day at their offices. Clinics will be held in the community on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. and at the Cape May County Department of Health every Wednesday from 1 P.M. to 6 P.M. The next mobile clinics will be held on July 13th and July 15th at the Ocean City Senior Center at 1735 Simpson Ave. The Cape May County Department of Health vaccination clinic on July 14th will take place at their offices located at 6 Moore Rd. in Cape May Court House.

Cape May County COVID vaccination rate is still above the New Jersey average. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 58% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated, versus 56% Statewide. 

Anyone interested in finding alternative sites to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can visit https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder. The website easily allows the user to find a walk-in location for the COVID-19 vaccine by searching via zip code. The search results then provide available sites, minimum age at that location based on the vaccine available there, street address, and a phone number to call for more information. 

For more information, including the daily reported case numbers, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard. Cape May County has recorded 8932 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 8695 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Update - Week of 7/2/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 21,365 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 56,524 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 52,221 have been fully vaccinated. 

New COVID-19 cases in Cape May County fell over the past week. The Cape May County Department of Health announced 14 new cases from June 25 to July 1 versus 44 new positives the seven days prior. The 30-day average of new coronavirus cases in the County remains at 4 per day.

“We are happy to see new case numbers come down this week and our hospital continues to remain low,” said Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton. “Those who are unvaccinated should continue to be diligent about their health. There continues to be many options for the COVID vaccine for those who are interested.”

Cape May County COVID vaccination rate is still above the New Jersey average. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 58% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated, versus 55% Statewide. 

Anyone interested in finding a site to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can visit https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder. The website easily allows the user to find a walk-in location for the COVID-19 vaccine by searching via zip code. The search results then provide available sites, minimum age at that location based on the vaccine available there, street address, and a phone number to call for more information. The Lower Township Vaccination Site is now closed. More information on where the Cape May County Department of Health will be providing COVID vaccines in the future can be found at cmchealth.net.

For more information, including the daily reported case numbers, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard. Cape May County has recorded 8917 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 8659 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Update - Week of 6/25/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 21,320 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 56,039 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 51,301 have been fully vaccinated. 

Cape May County’s Rate of Transmission has increased slightly over the past few weeks to 0.96. The lower the number the slower the spread of the virus. Transmission rates throughout New Jersey have increased recently and the New Jersey Department of Health indicates that some of that increase is due to more people spending time together with unvaccinated persons paying less attention to physical distancing and masking recommendations.

“Our hospital is under no pressure and thanks to the hard work of the people of Cape May County, our overall COVID numbers are very good,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeffrey Pierson, who oversees the County’s Department of Health. “But this virus is still in the community and everyone, especially those who have not been vaccinated, need to continue to be careful.”  

Cape May County COVID vaccination rate remains one of the highest in New Jersey. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 59% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. This is higher than the Statewide average of 55%. 

Anyone interested in finding a site to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can visit https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder. The website easily allows the user to find a walk-in location for the COVID-19 vaccine by searching via zip code. The search results then provide available sites, minimum age at that location based on the vaccine available there, street address, and a phone number to call for more information.

The Cape May County Department of Health’s COVID vaccine clinic at the Field House at Lower Cape May Regional High School will be open through July 1. The Clinic is open next week on Monday and Wednesday from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. and anyone who wants the vaccine can walk-in. Also, to help those who can’t get in during work hours, the clinic will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Further details on walk in COVID vaccine availability through the County’s Department of Health will be released soon.

For more information, including the daily reported case numbers, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard. Cape May County has recorded 8899 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 8631 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Update - Week of 6/18/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 21,248 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 55,524 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 50,491 have been fully vaccinated. 

The Rate of Infection (RT) in Cape May County is currently 0.78. The RT means that on average each individual who tests positive for COVID-19 in Cape May County is infecting 0.78 other people. Therefore, it can be said that the number of cases in Cape May County is decreasing at this time. Cape May County also continues to have a low rate of positive COVID tests at 0.8%. The County’s 30-day average of new daily COVID cases is now 4 cases per day from 14 one month ago.

Cape May County has the second highest COVID vaccination rate among all New Jersey counties. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 58% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. The County remains higher than the Statewide average of 54%. 

The latest COVID-19 Activity Level Report was released on Thursday by the New Jersey Department of Health and the Southeast section of the State, where Cape May County is in, has the lowest new coronavirus case rate and lowest percent positivity. The Southeast section also includes Atlantic and Cumberland counties, along with Cape May County. The State is reporting 1.35 new cases per 100,000 people in the region, with a 0.74% positivity rate. The Southeast is also one of three regions out of six in New Jersey that are labeled as "low" for COVID activity, which is the best rating that can be achieved.

The dropping case rates, and the County’s high vaccination numbers is showing that what we have been doing in Cape May County is working,” said Commissioner Jeff Pierson, liaison to the Cape May County Department of Health. “Our team at the County’s Department of Health is continuing to work in the community to provide vaccinations to everyone who wants it.”

Anyone interested in finding a site to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can visit https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder. The website allows an individual to search for a location to walk in within a specific mileage range of a zip code. The search results then provide available sites, minimum age at that location based on the vaccine available there, street address, and a phone number to call for more information.

The Cape May County Department of Health’s vaccine clinic is now located at the Field House at Lower Cape May Regional High School. The Clinic is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. and anyone who wants the vaccine can walk-in. Also, to help those who can’t get in during work hours, the clinic will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as from 8 A.M. to 12 Noon on Saturdays.

For more information, including the daily reported case numbers, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard. Cape May County has recorded 8857 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 8609 of those are now off quarantine.

 


COVID-19 Update - Week of 6/11/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov.The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 21,211 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 55,005 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 49,434 have been fully vaccinated.

The COVID infection rate in Cape May County remains low once again this week. The Rate of Infection (RT) currently is 0.74. The RT means that on average each individual who tests positive for COVID-19 in Cape May County is infecting 0.74 other people. Therefore, it can be said that the number of cases in Cape May County is decreasing at this time. Cape May County also continues to have a low rate of positive COVID tests at 1.3%. The County has continued to average three new COVID-19 cases per day over the past week.

Cape May County has the second highest COVID vaccination rate among all New Jersey counties. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 56% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. The County remains higher than the Statewide average of51%. 

“New COVID cases are remaining low, and vaccinations are readily available throughout Cape May County,” said Commissioner Vice-Director Leonard Desiderio, Co-Chair of the County’s Recovery Task Force. “We believe the summer ahead will be a great one in Cape May County because of all of the work everyone has done up to this point.”

Anyone interested in finding a site to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can visit https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder. The website allows an individual to search for a location to walk in within a specific mileage range of a zip code. The search results then provide available sites, minimum age at that location based on the vaccine available there, street address, and a phone number to call for more information.

The Cape May County Department of Health’s vaccine clinic is now located at the Field House at Lower Cape May Regional High School. The Clinic is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. and anyone who wants the vaccine can walk-in. Also, to help those who can’t get in during work hours, the clinic will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as from 8 A.M. to 12 Noon on Saturdays.

For more information, including the daily reported case numbers, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard.Cape May County has recorded 8832COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 8588 of those are now off quarantine.


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COVID-19 Update - Week of 6/4/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 21,065 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 54,224 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 48,081 have been fully vaccinated. 

Cape May County has continued to have a very low COVID infection rate. The Rate of Infection (RT) currently is 0.65. The RT means that on average each individual who tests positive for COVID-19 in Cape May County is infecting 0.65 other people. This means that the numbers of cases in Cape May County is decreasing at this time. Cape May County also maintains a low rate of positive COVID tests at 1.1%. The number of cases in Cape May County over the past week has averaged at 3 new cases per day, down from 5 per day a week ago.

Cape May County has the second highest rate COVID vaccination rate among all New Jersey counties. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 55% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. This is significantly higher than New Jersey’s Statewide average of 49%. 

“We continue to be encouraged as our COVID cases drop and our vaccination numbers increase,” said Commissioner Vice-Director Leonard Desiderio, Co-Chair of the County’s Recovery Task Force. “The high number of vaccinations by our County residents have helped to fully reopen our businesses for the summer as we continue to Reopen Safely Together.”

The latest restriction to be removed in New Jersey is the indoor gathering limit. The indoor gathering limits were at 50 people for private events, and 250 people for political events, weddings, funerals, and memorial services. New Jersey also lifted its 30% capacity limit for large indoor venues of 1,000 seats or greater. 

The Cape May County Department of Health is hosting a Cape May County COVID-19 Awareness Day and Health Fair at the Wildwood Convention Center this Saturday, June 5 from 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. The Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be available at the event while supplies last. Additionally, this event will also showcase 20 different healthcare organizations that service Cape May County.

The Cape May County Department of Health’s vaccine clinic is now located at the Field House at Lower Cape May Regional High School. The Clinic is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. and anyone who wants the vaccine can walk-in. Also, to help those who can’t get in during work hours, the clinic will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as from 8 A.M. to 12 Noon on Saturdays.

For more information, including the daily reported case numbers, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard. Cape May County has recorded 8807 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 8558 of those are now off quarantine.

Sadly, we are reporting one death this week, an 83-year-old female from Woodbine, “We are sharing in your sadness as your loved one is remembered,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends.”

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COVID-19 Update - Week of 5/28/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 20,907 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 53,375 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 47,003 have been fully vaccinated. 

Cape May County has recorded yet another record low COVID-19 infection rate. The Rate of Infection (RT) currently is 0.57. This means that on average each individual who tests positive for COVID-19 in Cape May County is infecting 0.57 other people. This means that the numbers of cases in Cape May County is decreasing at this time. This breaks the record low RT of .64, which the County was at last week. Cape May County’s positive test rate for COVID-19 is just below 1%. This is the lowest percentage that the County has been at since Oct. 19, 2020. The average number of new cases in Cape May County over the past week has been 5 new cases per day. This is a decrease of more than 70% from one month ago.  

The indoor mask mandate has been removed for vaccinated people in most cases in New Jersey as of today. Face coverings will still be required on public transportation, at schools, childcare settings, healthcare centers, and inside of State offices like the Motor Vehicle Commission. This move follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention previously issued guidance. This comes a week after most indoor capacity limits were eliminated, including at restaurants and bars. 

“These restrictions being lifted on our businesses are so important after our residents have done the hard work over the past year to keep COVID cases below the State average and now vaccinating at one of the highest per capita rates in New Jersey,” said Cape May County Commissioner Gerald M. Thornton, who also serves as the liaison to the Cape May County Tourism Department. “We are expecting a great summer here in Cape May County as more people continue to get vaccinated daily.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 54% of Cape May County’s total population has been fully vaccinated. This also includes 82% of the County’s 65-year-old and up population which has been vaccinated. This is the age group most at-risk if they catch COVID to have a serious medical issue.

“We continue to push to reach our vaccination goal and are encouraged that people continue to sign up to get the shot,” said Commissioner Jeff Pierson, liaison to the Cape May County Department of Health. “Case numbers continue to plummet as more people receive the vaccine. We will continue provide every person who wants the shot the chance to get it.”

The Cape May County Department of Health is pleased to invite the public to the Cape May County COVID-19 Awareness Day and Health Fair at the Wildwood Convention Center on Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 10:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. The Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be available at the event while supplies last. Additionally, this event will also showcase 20 different healthcare organizations that service Cape May County.

The Cape May County Department of Health’s vaccine clinic has moved from Avalon Community Hall to the Field House a Lower Cape May Regional High School. The Clinic will be open Monday (except this Monday in observation of Memorial Day), Wednesday, and Friday from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. and anyone who wants the vaccine can walk-in. Also, to help those who can’t get in during work hours, the clinic will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as from 8 A.M. to 12 Noon on Saturdays.

For the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12 to 17, residents should go to the mega-site clinic in Atlantic City or contact your local CVS Pharmacy, Walmart, Acme or Walgreens, which may have the Pfizer vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines are available through the Cape May County Department of Health. The Centers for Disease Control recently issued a warning to women aged 50 and younger that a very rare but serious blood clotting side-effect has been seen in a very small number of women after use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and recommends that women in this age group utilize the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

“We thank our Cape May County residents for all of the hard work they have done over the past 14 months,” said Commissioner Vice-Director Leonard Desiderio, Co-Chair of the County’s Recovery Task Force. “It is because of you we have kept case counts low, saved lives, and now our businesses are ready for the summer season to begin in full.”

For more information, including the daily reported case numbers, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard. Cape May County has recorded 8786 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 8525 of those are now off quarantine.

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Governor Lifts Indoor Mask Mandate; County Officials Continue Vaccination Effort

Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that fully vaccinated people will not need to wear masks indoors, except under certain circumstances, beginning on Friday May 28. The latest news follows previous guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is the latest of many restrictions that have been lifted this month, ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

Cape May County officials have been working hard throughout the pandemic to keep COVID cases as low as possible, while trying to ensure that the County’s businesses can fully reopen safely this year. Cape May County has had one of the strongest vaccination programs in the State of New Jersey and now the CDC reports that 64% of the County’s adult population is fully vaccinated. The goal is to reach 70% by the end of June.

This is a continuation of efforts that began prior to last summer. Cape May County Commissioner Vice-Director Len Desiderio and Commissioner Will Morey co-chaired the Cape May County Recovery Task Force, which along with business leaders, and local mayors created “A Proposal for the Safe, Thoughtful and Progressive Reopening of Cape May County During the Time of COVID-19,” ahead of last summer. The goal was to open local businesses, but in a safe and responsible way. The Task Force also worked with Cape May County Tourism Director Diane Wieland on the “Safely Together” media campaign, which the County continues to use in messaging. It invited visitors to the Jersey Cape, but with reminders of safety protocols. 

“Helping businesses during the reopening last year was some of the most important work I have participated in during my time as a County Commissioner,” said Desiderio. “We continue to work as a County to safely reopen. We welcome the news relaxing indoor mask mandates ahead of our unofficial start to summer this weekend. We expect a great summer at the Jersey Cape.”

The Cape May County Department of Health worked closely on these initiatives, while also adding additional layers of support. They provided COVID-19 testing last year, at a time when testing was tough to access. The Department of Health also created the Social Distancing Ambassador program, at the direction of Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald Thornton and Commissioner Jeff Pierson, who is the liaison to the County’s Department of Health. The Ambassador program gained national attention and promoted safety protocols through positive reinforcement. They distributed thousands of masks to visitors and residents in Cape May County. To assist with vaccinations, they coordinated with Fare Free Transportation, under the direction of Commissioner Marie Hayes, to ensure people that needed rides to the vaccination clinic could receive one. Equally as crucial, has been working with community partners to reach the homebound, homeless, and other hard to reach communities to bring the vaccination to them. The Department of Health also hosted task force calls with municipal and community partners during the entire pandemic to update them on the latest COVID-19 news. 

“The leadership from all of the departments and my colleagues on the Commissioner Board during this time has been amazing,” said Thornton. “I truly believe that our case numbers have been among the lowest and our vaccination rates have been highest because of the hard work that has been done over the past 15 months. I continue to be in daily communication with the Governor’s office to advocate for issues impacting Cape May County as we keep pushing to open Safely Together.”

The Cape May County Department of Health’s vaccine clinic has moved from Avalon Community Hall to the Field House a Lower Cape May Regional High School. The Clinic will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. and anyone who wants the vaccine can walk-in. Also, to help those who can’t get in during work hours, the clinic will be open from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as from 8 A.M. to 12 Noon on Saturdays.

“We are glad to now offer these flexible hours for people to get vaccinated,” said Pierson. “This is another example of how the County government is working to make services more accessible to our residents and ensure we get people vaccinated. I am proud of the work from our Health Officer Kevin Thomas and his entire team at the Cape May County Department of Health, along with our municipal partners that have helped us on-site at our vaccine clinic.”


COVID-19 Update Week of 5/21

Pandemic Moves Into Very Promising Phase in Cape May County

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of X doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 52,491 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 45,744 have been fully vaccinated. 

Cape May County saw its lowest COVID-19 infection rate ever this week as the number stood at 0.64. This means that, on average, each person in Cape May County with COVID-19 is infecting 0.64 other people. Because each person is statistically infecting less than one other person, the total number of current cases in Cape May County can be said to be shrinking. The previous low point was in July of 2020, when the number stood at 0.69. Cape Regional Medical Center reported only 2 covid-positive admissions yesterday, with neither in ICU nor on a ventilator. These are also the lowest numbers since last summer. Cape May County’s positive test rate of 1.5% is the lowest in the state and our first-dose vaccination rate of 56.6% is third highest in New Jersey. Over the past two weeks, Cape May County has averaged under 6 new covid cases per day. Just several weeks ago, that number stood at approximately 50 per day.

“It’s time for Cape May County to open up 100%,” said Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton. “The people of Cape May County have done the job. We flattened the curve, we isolated, we social distanced, we wore masks and more than half of us have already gotten vaccinated, with more going through every day. It is time for our businesses, schools and churches to get back to normal. We will be sending this message loud and clear to Trenton as summer approaches.”

The Cape May County Department of Health’s vaccine clinic has moved from Avalon Community Hall to the Field House a Lower Cape May Regional High School. The Clinic will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. and anyone who wants the vaccine can walk-in. Also, to help those who can’t get in during work hours, the clinic will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as from 8 A.M. to 12 Noon on Saturdays.

“Our Department of Health has done a fantastic job under very challenging circumstances,” said County Commissioner Jeff Pierson who oversees the Department of Health. “Everyone there knows we are not done yet and they are committed to finishing strong. Every Cape May County resident 18 years of age or older can walk into our clinic and get vaccinated any day of the week.  We are encouraging everyone to do so. Our many, positive, current trends when it comes to covid numbers are directly related to our mitigation efforts and the fact that so many of us have gotten vaccinated. Please, get your shots as soon as you can so that we can all get back to normal.”

For the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12 to 17, residents should go to the mega-site clinic in Atlantic City or contact your local CVS Pharmacy, Walmart, Acme or Walgreens, which may have the Pfizer vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines are available through the Cape May County Department of Health. The Centers for Disease Control recently issued a warning to women aged 50 and younger that a very rare but serious blood clotting side-effect has been seen in a very small number of women after use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and recommends that women in this age group utilize the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

“Our community has come together like never before,” said Cape May County Commissioner Vice-Director Len Desiderio. “The reason our covid numbers are so good is because the people of Cape May County have worked so hard for over a year. Like the saying goes, it is time to Finish Strong - Safely Together. It’s not over yet. We need everyone to get their shots and we need to get all of our churches, stores, bars, restaurants and homes back to being places where we can gather freely without fear of violating some state restriction. We need to see each other’s faces again and we need our unlimited freedom back. Now is the time.”

Cape May County continues to run an aggressive messaging campaign on radio, in print and on television urging residents to Finish Strong - Safely Together. For more information, including the daily reported case numbers, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard. For more information, including the daily reported case numbers, go to Cape May County has recorded 8753 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 8470 of those are now off quarantine.

Sadly, we are announcing the passing of the following individuals this week, 90-year-old female from Middle Township, a 52-year-old male from North Wildwood and a 61-year-old male from West Cape May, “With sincere condolences to the families and friends,” said Pierson. “Wishing everyone peace and strength at this sad time.”

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COVID-19 Update Week of 5/14/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 20,177 doses so far. The New Jersey Department of Health reports that 51,167 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 43,981 have been fully vaccinated. Cape May County has consistently led the State in per capita administration of the COVID vaccine. 

The Cape May County Department of Health will be moving its vaccination clinic on Monday, May 17th to the Lower Cape May Regional High School's field house from its Avalon location. Anyone with a second shot location has been informed verbally and via email of the new location for their second shot. The only vaccines that the County Department of Health provides is Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, both of which are only approved currently for individuals 18 years old and older. The Lower Township vaccine site will have availability for walk-in appointments next week on Monday, May 17th and Friday, May 21st from 10 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. for individuals who have not yet received their COVID vaccine. Pfizer is allowed for people 12 years old and up, but anyone looking for the Pfizer vaccine must find another location that provides it.

COVID restrictions will become further eased on May 19th. The general indoor gather limit will increase to 50 people and the outdoor gathering limit will be removed. Also, indoor catered events, including wedding receptions and proms can increase to 100% of the room's capacity, but no more than 250 individuals. Percentage-based indoor and outdoor capacity limits will be removed for businesses and houses of worship, and instead, they must limit indoor and outdoor capacity to a number that ensures all individuals or groups of people can remain six feet apart. Also, indoor interstate youth sports competitions will be able to resume.

Cape May County is currently at 57% of its adult population being fully vaccinated. The CDC reports that 80% of the County's 65 years of age and older population is fully vaccinated. This is important news because 8 out of ten COVID-19 deaths have taken place in individuals who are 65 years old and older, according to the Centers for Disease of Control and Prevention. The high vaccination rate has helped the County’s new COVID cases drop. The Rate of Transmission (RT) in Cape May County .76, according to covidactnow.com. Any number below 1.0 means the spread of the virus is decreasing currently. Cases were down in Cape May County 52% week-over-week when comparing cases from May 8 to May 14. Statewide numbers are also improving. Thursday marked the first time in 7 months that hospitalizations in New Jersey fell below 1,000. Hospitalizations in the State is down over 33% in the past week and nearly 70% in the past month. The Statewide RT is .84. 

The region has also seen a significant drop in new cases and percent positivity of COVID tests. The new COVID-19 Statewide Activity Level Report shows the entire State and the Southeast region, where Cape May County is located, is at moderate risk. The new case rate in the Southeast, which also includes Atlantic and Cumberland counties, is at 10.67 per 100,000 residents with a 3.31% positivity rate. New cases were down 35% and the percent positivity dropped by nearly half week-over-week. The Activity Level Report helps schools make determinations on safety protocols to take due to COVID-19. The report has shown the Southeast region moving towards decreased risk over the past month.

Cape May County has recorded 8714 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 8396 of those are now off quarantine.

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