COVID-19 Updates

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A message from the County of Cape May:  

Everyone is frustrated and we understand.  Our main challenge is a very limited supply of vaccine.  But we wanted to try to answer a few questions.  The County of Cape May does not control the number of doses available.  The state does and they get the vaccine from the federal government.  Right now there is a limited supply nationwide and we don’t know when that supply will grow significantly.  

The County Department of Health does not control the scheduling process.  This is a state system at covidvaccine.nj.gov.  Everyone is encouraged to go there and register.  The state sends an eligibility email that may indicate that there are some places to schedule appointments, but in our area that is really only the Shoprite at the moment and they have typically been booked solid.  

The eligibility email does not give you the ability to schedule an appointment at the County clinic.  The key element of scheduling an appointment is the subsequent email from the state that tells you that you can now schedule your appointment and gives you a link to do so at the County Vaccination Clinic in Avalon.  

NOTE: If no appointments are available at that time, continue to check that e-mail link.  Appointments may become available throughout the week as more vaccine becomes available.

While thousands of people have registered, there are only several hundred scheduling emails going out from the state each week since the County only gets several hundred doses of vaccine each week from the state at the moment.  There is no special scheduling process.  

The Department of Aging and the Department of Health are working with the most vulnerable, elderly members of the community to help them get vaccinated and some frontline workers have been assisted as well.  Beyond that, everyone must register in the state system and wait for the scheduling email.  The process has been confusing to say the least and we ask for everyone’s continued patience as we wait for more doses of the vaccine to come from the state.  We need to stay the course a little longer but there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

Thank you.

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The Cape May County Health Department is beginning phase 1A and 1B of COVID-19 vaccinations. The New Jersey Health Department plan currently includes vaccinating Health Care Professionals. Health Care Professionals include front line health care workers and first responders. Eligible individuals may pre-register at COVID-19 Vaccine or may call 855-568-0545 during working hours to schedule. As more vaccine becomes available the Health Department will begin to move into the future Phases as set by the CDC/NJDOH vaccination plan.

The NJ Department of Health will have “an interactive voice response platform in both English ad Spanish that provides key information to New Jersey residents on how to register (for a vaccine) as well as how to schedule vaccination appointments as people become eligible.” Live agents will also be available to guide residents through the process. The phone number will be (855) 568-0545.

Due to the high demand for vaccine, limited scheduling is available.  The Health Department is following CDC and State prioritization guidelines.  Please be patient as the State and County continue to expand the vaccination program.  For additional information call 609-463-6581 

The website to pre-register for the vaccine is live now, click here.

To register by phone, call 855-568-0545 during the hours of 9 AM - 9PM.

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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.


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



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!! IMPORTANT UPDATE !!

 

The Division of Developmental Disabilities is pleased to share a new option for vaccination of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who reside in group homes and supervised apartments licensed by the Department of Human Services

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have partnered with Walmart Pharmacy to provide a targeted vaccine allocation through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership.  

 

This closed-POD (point-of-dispending) program will launch late in the week of January 18, 2021, and will consist of 12 Walmart Pharmacy sites, each setting aside up to 12 hours per week for vaccinations of I/DD residents only. The directors at each Walmart site will work directly with residential providers to schedule vaccine appointments for their residents. 

 

The Walmart COVID-19 Vaccine Closed-POD Program will be supplied a dedicated allocation from New Jersey’s vaccine supply. Agencies that were included in the Quest COVID-19 Testing Program are eligible and Walmart will contact agencies directly to begin the process. Agencies that are enrolled in the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program are not part of this program and should continue working with their designated pharmacy provider.

 

Residential providers, residents and families should review the Walmart COVID-19 Closed-POD Program for Residents with IDD in Congregate Residential Settings Licensed by the Department of Human Services overview document for more details on logistics and pharmacy assignment.

 

Please note the closed-POD option is not the only way for an individual with IDD residing in a congregate setting to be vaccinated. Vaccine supply in New Jersey remains limited, so agencies are advised to exercise multiple methods to receive a vaccine. Residential staff and residents are also able to register for and receive the COVID-19 vaccine at any of the COVID-19 Vaccine Locations for Eligible Recipients. For a complete list of vaccine-eligible categories of individuals, please review the information on Who is eligible for vaccination in New Jersey?

  

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COVID-19 Update 3/4/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered 287 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on March 3, 2021, for a total of 11,223 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 34,205 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

Governor Phil Murphy reported that based on the expectations of increased weekly shipments of vaccines as the month progresses, and especially heading into April he is confident in announcing dates of the broadening of eligibilities so those who fall into the expanded categories can know when they can step up to the plate. The Governor understands the supply/demand imbalance and hopes by setting two and four-week steps in eligibility will allow most to move through the system. 

Meanwhile, Murphy said the State is “actively conducting outreach over the phone and scheduling appointments” for residents 75 and older, who may lack the computer skills to fight their way through the hordes searching for a vaccine. He also said the state is increasing allocations to mega-sites specifically for seniors. 

In keeping with the mission to reach the most vulnerable population in New Jersey during this pandemic, the NJDOH launched the 75+ program through NJ Vaccine Call Centers to provide scheduling support for residents aged 75 and over. This program will assist New Jersey seniors, predominately through dedicated appointments, to ensure seniors 75+ are able to access appointments to get the vaccine. The 75 plus specific phone number is 856-249-7007.

Information and the phone number to call about this program are available on the Cape May County Website under COVID-19-Updates. Seniors are asked not to call the County Health Department call center as they are not able to schedule appointments. This is a service of the New Jersey Department of Health. 

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 35 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 7012 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 6471 of those are now off quarantine. Additionally, there are 2 new out of county positive case that are included in the Non-resident Active Cases listed below.

Sadly, we are announcing the passing of a 66-year-old male from Middle Township. “With sincere condolences to the family and friends,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson.

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COVID-19 Update 3/3/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 32,836 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

Cape May County’s rate of transmission remains below 1.0.  This means COVID-19 is still spreading in the community but at a slower rate.  This is especially important as we continue to get a very limited supply of vaccine from the state.  This also helps to keep capacity down at our hospital, which reported yesterday just 10 COVID-19 positive patients with only 1 in ICU and zero on ventilators, at a sustainable level.  Cape May County continues to lead the state in vaccinations per capita and is 20th out of 21 counties when it comes to new case numbers.

“The people of Cape May County have worked so hard over the past year,” said County Recovery Task Force Co-Chair Commissioner Len Desiderio.  “We need to stay vigilant as we move through the next couple of months.  We are all frustrated with the amount of doses of vaccine we are getting from the state and federal governments and we are advocating everyday for more.  As the federal government sends more supply, we should see our allotment of doses from the state increase significantly in the coming weeks.”

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 33 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6977 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 6442 of those are now off quarantine.  Additionally, there is no new out of county positive case that are included in the Non-resident Active Cases below. 

Sadly, we are announcing the passing of a 92 year old male from Middle Township, “In this sorrowful time, may the love of family and friends comfort you,” said Commissioner Jeff Pierson.

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COVID-19 Update 3/2/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 32,021doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

Demand continues to outpace the supply, and Governor Phil Murphy expressed yesterday that is he confident that New Jersey's initial shipment of 73,600 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s new one-dose vaccine will help vaccinate more people.  The new vaccine is arriving within days, with more coming each subsequent week.

Effective March 29, eligibility will be expanded for frontline essential workers in the restaurant, food processing and distribution industries, grocery personnel, warehouse workers, remaining eldercare workers, hospitality workers, elections workers, clergy, postal and other shipping workers, and judicial system employees.  This will greatly impact local Cape May County businesses as we prepare for the reopening of businesses for the summer season.

The State has more than 1,700 providers approved to distribute vaccine, but only have enough supply to provide vaccines to approximately 300 sites. That will change as supply increases and additional appointment slots become available.

Cape May County has administered more than 32,000 vaccines to date and continues to rank in the top in the state per capita, according to NJ.Com.  That number includes both first and second shots.  As the vaccine becomes more readily available in the next few weeks the County will increase distribution through expanded appointments in addition to opening a second site located in Lower Township.  

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 39 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6944 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 6410 of those are now off quarantine.  Additionally, there is 1 new out of county positive case that is included in the Non-resident Active Cases below. 

Sadly, we are announcing the passing a 79 year old female from Ocean City, “A thought of comfort and condolences to the grieving family,” said Commissioner Jeff Pierson.


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COVID-19 Update 3/1/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov.The New Jersey Health Department reports that 29,408of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

Cape May County will be using the 'alert' feature on the Cape May County government website that will only be visible when there are appointment spots available at any of the Cape May County vaccination clinics. The alert is located at the top of the site and intended to let residents know that appointment slots are available through the NJVSS registration system in Cape May County.  When the alert is visible, residents who have received their “Time to Schedule” email from the NJ Department of Health, should follow the resident-specific link provided in that email to schedule their appointment.

 

The 'alert' will not be visible when all of the available appointment spots are filled. Scheduling is limited to online only at this time.  Please do not call the Cape May County Health Department or clinic sites to schedule appointments. 

 

On Sunday, Governor Murphy announced that starting March 15, New Jersey teachers, child care and transportation workers will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. Johnson & Johnson will ship the first batch of its coronavirus vaccine to states and pharmacies today, just two days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave Emergency Use Authorization.  Initial deliveries of the vaccine should begin on Tuesday and will supplement the existing supply of vaccines available and increase the rate of vaccinations in the US, and more specifically, New Jersey.

 

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 29 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6905 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 6386 of those are now off quarantine.


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COVID-19 Update 2/28/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 28,118 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

A major step forward in getting more vaccine doses available took place on Saturday. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave an emergency use authorization to the third COVID-19 vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is now available to be shipped out this week, including doses that will be coming to New Jersey. This vaccine only requires a single dose. This is on top of the additional production of the other two vaccines that is expected to continue to enhance availability in the coming weeks.

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 23 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6876 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 6361 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Update 2/27/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered 260 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 26, 2021, for a total of 10454 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 28,118 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

New Jersey will be in line to receive 70,000 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, if the single dose vaccine gets final emergency use authorization. A key panel gave its go-ahead on Friday and now the company is just awaiting final approval. The company said they plan to have 20 million doses in the United States by the end of March. This new vaccine is different from the first two approved vaccine in that it requires only a single dose and needs to be refrigerated versus the other two vaccines that must be kept frozen.

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 25 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6853 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 6329 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Update 2/26/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered 347 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 25, 2021, for a total of 10194 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 27,546 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

The New Jersey COVID-19 Activity Level Report is at moderate Statewide for the first time since November 7. Only two of the six areas of the State remain at high, while the other four, including the section of the State that Cape May County is in are at moderate. The report has four levels including low, moderate, high, and very high. It helps schools make determinations on how to respond to the pandemic. The Southeast, where Cape May County is located, has been moderate for the past two weeks. The declining case rate and percent positivity are key metrics that have come down to put the Southeast and the entire State at moderate.

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 23 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6828 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 6299 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Update 2/25/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered 211 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 24, 2021, for a total of 9,847 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 26,543 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

Hospitalization due to COVID-19 is on the decline Statewide. The last figures put it at 2,032, which is the lowest it has been since the middle of November. Locally Cape Regional Medical Center reports levels of COVID-19 patient activity for inpatient, ICU and ventilator use are down by approximately two-thirds from just a month ago. The spread of COVID-19 both in the State and in Cape May County is still decreasing at this time, which generally means that hospitalization data should continue to improve over the next couple of weeks.

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 36 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6805 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 6263 of those are now off quarantine.

Sadly, we are announcing the passing of a 47-year-old female from Lower Township and a 61-year-old female from Ocean City, “Words fall short of expressing my sorrow for the loss of these two lives,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson.

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COVID-19 Update 2/24/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered 352 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 23, 2021, for a total of 9636 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 25,755 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

Another vaccine could be on the market soon. The Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine moved closer towards getting an emergency use authorization. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that the vaccine was 67% effective against COVID-19. If the company gets the emergency use authorization, it means another supplier will begin to put vaccine into the market to help ramp up the rollout of the vaccine.

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 39 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6769 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 6241 of those are now off quarantine. Additionally, there is 1 new out of county positive case that is included in the Nonresident Active Cases listed below.

Sadly, we are announcing the passing of an 87-year-old male from Middle Township and a 99-year-old female from Ocean City. “My thoughts are with the families and so are my prayers,” said Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton. 

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COVID-19 Updates 2/23/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered 184 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 22, 2021, for a total of 9284 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 25,090 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

Cases are decreasing again in Cape May County. There was a 7% decline when comparing data from Feb. 16 to 22 compared to the seven days prior. The website covidactnow.com reports the current Rate of Transmission (RT) in Cape May County is .92. Anytime the RT is below 1.0 it means the spread of the virus is decreasing at that time. Cape May County also just crossed the 25,000 vaccine doses administered threshold, as the County remains the best performing county per capita in the State.

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 40 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6730 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 6225 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Updates 2/22/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 24,385 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

Cape May County remains the top county in New Jersey in vaccinating residents per capita. NJ Advanced Media updated their weekly numbers for each county and Cape May County has administered 24,349 doses per 100,000 people. Morris County came in second at 23,020 doses per 100,000 people. No other county was over 20,000. Cape May County has been at the top of these rankings since the beginning of the year.

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 41 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6690 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 6188 of those are now off quarantine.  Additionally, there are 3 new out of county positive cases that are included in the Non-resident Active Cases listed below. 

Sadly, we are announcing the death of a 90-year-old female from Lower Township. “A thought of comfort and condolences to the grieving family,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson.

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COVID-19 Update 2/21/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 23,418 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

Cape May County ranks second lowest again among counties in New Jersey for new COVID-19 cases. NJ Advanced Media reviewed new case data across the State from Feb. 11 to 17 and found Cape May County came second only to Salem County. Cape May County’s current Rate of Transmission (RT) is .91, according to the website covidactnow.com. Any RT below 1.0 means that the spread of COVID-19 is decreasing at this time. 

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 29 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6649 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 6153 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Update 2/20/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered 379 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 19, 2021, for a total of 9100 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 23,418 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

The reporting system used to tell schools the threat level of COVID-19 in their region, reports that the area Cape May County is in went down to moderate from high. This is the first time that the Southeast region of New Jersey was at moderate in 11 weeks. The case rate for our region, which includes Atlantic and Cumberland counties, went from 34.58 to 24.03 cases per 100,000 residents. Three of the six regions in the State remain in the high category, while three are now in the moderate level. These rankings help schools determine the risk level of being open. For example, if any region of the State went to "very high," all of the schools in those counties would need to close. Currently, the spread of the virus has been decreasing and the risk level has also subsided as a result. The four levels are low, moderate, high, and very high as described by the State’s reporting system.

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 35 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6620 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 6100 of those are now off quarantine.

Sadly, we are announcing the passing of a 58-year-old male from Lower Township, “With sincere condolences to the family and friends,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson. “Wishing you peace and strength at this sad time.”


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COVID-19 Update 2/19/21 

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered 461 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 18, 2021, for a total of 8721 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 22,816 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

The decrease in COVID-19 cases in Cape May County is encouraging news. New cases were down 23% when comparing Feb. 12 to Feb. 18 versus the seven days prior. Furthermore, new positives were down 29% when studying the 28-day average based on the data ending on Feb. 18. The website covidactnow.com reports that the Rate of Transmission in Cape May County is .90. Any number below 1.0 means that COVID-19 spread is decreasing currently. To continue to slow to the spread, it remains important for people to wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and sanitize high touch areas.

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 24 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6585 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 6065 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Update 2/18/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered 367 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 17, 2021, for a total of 8260 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 21,945 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

As additional vaccine doses become available more locations in Cape May County will be available to administer the COVID vaccine. Recently, the CVS in Villas became the newest spot to receive the vaccine. The other places in the County currently includes the Cape May County Department of Health’s location at Avalon Community Hall, and the Shoprite locations in Rio Grande and Marmora. The ways to sign up for the different sites are available at https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients.

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 26 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6561 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 6006 of those are now off quarantine.


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COVID-19 Update 2/17/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered 402 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 16, 2021, for a total of 7893 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 21,165 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

COVID-19 cases are down again in Cape May County. Total cases were down 12% when comparing Feb. 10 to Feb. 16 versus the seven days prior, according to data from the Cape May County Department of Health. The website covidactnow.com reports that the Rate of Transmission (RT) in the County is .91. When reviewing RT data, any number below 1.0 means the spread of the COVID virus is slowing at that time.

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 32 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6535 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 6005 of those are now off quarantine.  Additionally, there is 1 new out of county positive case that is included in the Non-resident Active Cases listed below. 

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COVID-19 Updates 2/16/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 20,321 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

Two major milestones in the vaccination effort were hit in the last 24 hours. Cape May County went over 20,000 vaccines administered, which includes first and second doses. The entire State hit the 1 million first dose milestone. The Governor’s Office has recognized Cape May County for doing the best job in vaccinating its residents per capita. As of Monday, at least one dose of vaccine had been given to 19.24% of County residents. 

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 31 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6503 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 5968 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Updates 2/15/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 19,948 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

The Cape May County Department of Health is continuing to provide expanded COVID-19 testing through a partnership with Cape Regional Medical Center. Testing will be conducted at the Cape May County Fire Academy on Mondays and Wednesdays, except on holidays. A mobile testing unit will be out in the community on Tuesdays and Thursdays, except on holidays. Individual’s insurance will be billed if applicable. If an individual does not have insurance, the cost will be covered. Testing will be by appointment only. To make an appointment call 609-463-6581.

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 36 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6472 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 5925 of those are now off quarantine.  Additionally, there is 1 new out of county positive case that is included in the Non-resident Active Cases listed below. 

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COVID-19 Update 2/14/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 19,420 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

A new analysis of COVID case numbers per County puts Cape May County as one of the lowest from Feb. 4 to 10. NJ Advanced Media studied cases among all 21 counties and Cape May County had the second lowest case total per capita during that time. The County has ranked as the lowest or second lowest over the past month.

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 24 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6436 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 5882 of those are now off quarantine. Additionally, there is 1 new out of county positive case that is included in the Non-resident Active Cases listed below. 

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COVID-19 Update 2/13/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered 157 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 12, 2021, for a total of 7491 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 18,877 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

The Rate of Transmission (RT) in Cape May County continues to stay under 1.0. The website covidactnow.com reports that the current RT in the County is .92. Any number below one means the spread of the coronavirus is slowing. It remains important for residents to protect themselves by wearing a face covering, washing their hands frequently and for 20 seconds at a time, sanitizing high touch areas, and remain socially distant. 

As the case numbers have gone down, the hospitalizations at Cape Regional Medical Center have decreased as well. There are currently 10 total COVID positive inpatients at the hospital and none of them are on a ventilator. Just 10 days ago on Feb. 3, there were 23 COVID positive patients and one of them was on a ventilator.

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 15 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6,412 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 5,846 of those are now off quarantine.


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COVID-19 Update 2/12/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered 247 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 11, 2021, for a total of 7344 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 18,246 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

A limited number of parents or guardians will be allowed in the stands to watch their children play under a change to the current COVID restrictions set out by Gov. Phil Murphy. Today he announced that up to two parents or guardians will be allowed per athlete for practices or competitions under the age 21, but attendance must remain below 35% of the room capacity or 150 people total. School districts or other operators will be the responsible party to make the final decision on when this change will go into effect locally or if it will at this time.

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 38 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6397 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 5810 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Updates 2/11/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered 337 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 10, 2021, for a total of 7087 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 17,443 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

New Jersey has six Mega-Vaccination Sites set up to do COVID vaccinations. The closest one to Cape May County is at the Atlantic City Convention Center. AtlantiCare announced a new schedule for setting up appointments. New appointments will be available Tuesdays at 3 p.m., Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays at 9 a.m. Vaccination appointments and more information is available at https://vaccination.atlanticare.org/

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 35 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6359 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 5771 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Updates 2/10/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered 340 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 9, 2021, for a total of 7257 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 16,758 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

COVID-19 cases continue to drop in Cape May County as they have over the past couple of weeks. Cases were down 9% when comparing Feb. 3 to Feb. 9 versus the seven days prior. The current Rate of Transmission (RT) in Cape May County, according to covidactnow.com, is .91. Any RT below 1.0 means that COVID spread is decreasing. The County’s RT rate has continued to decline since its most recent peak at 1.25 on Jan. 5.

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 49 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6324 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 5741 of those are now off quarantine.

Sadly, we are announcing the passing of an 82-year-old female from Middle Township, “With sincere condolences to the family and friends,” said Commissioner Jeff Pierson. “Wishing you peace and strength at this sad time.”

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COVID-19 Updates 2/9/21`

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Department of Health administered 304 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 8, 2021, for a total of 6410 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 16,044 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the Cape May County Department of Health and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

People who have limited or do not have computer access, or are not computer savvy, can use the New Jersey COVID Vaccine Hotline to make an appointment for a vaccine. The hotline phone number is (855) 568-0545 and it is open 8 A.M. to 8 P.M. seven days a week. There remains limited supply of COVID vaccine in the State. Cape May County is ready to open a second vaccine site in the County once more vaccine becomes available.

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 37 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 6275 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 5714 of those are now off quarantine.

Sadly, we are announcing the passing of an 86-year-old male from Lower Township, an 81-year-old male, an 80-year-old male, an 83-year-old male all from Middle Township and a 95-year-old female from Upper Township, “I am deeply saddened by the news of the losses of these life’s,” said Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald Thornton. “I pray that the families of the departed will have the strength they need to get through this sad time.”


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State Call Center Opens on January 25 to Assist in Vaccine Pre-Registration 

Effective Monday, January 25, New Jersey will launch a Call Center to assist in the vaccine pre-registration for those who do not have access to the internet or unable to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine online.  The number is 855-568-0545 and will operate from 9 am to 9 pm daily, according to the notice on the NJ COVID-19 web page.  

  

"We encourage those who cannot access the internet to pre-register, especially the elderly and those with disabilities to call the State at the number provided and get assistance in pre-registering for the vaccine.  It is imperative that everyone pre-registers for the State to determine eligibility and availability.  You will then be notified when you can make your vaccination appointment.  Appointments are scheduled based on vaccine availability and we ask everyone to be patient, the vaccine is in limited supply.  Cape May County has successfully administered all vaccines delivered and we are working to ensure everyone is vaccinated as quickly as possible ", reported County Commissioner Jeffrey L. Pierson, liaison to Health and Human Services. 

  

The Cape May County Health Department and Human Services Department urges residents to go online to pre-register, or call the State Call Center directly to talk to an operator who can assist in the pre-registration process.  Neither the Health Department nor Human Services can pre-register residents and can only pass on the number to call directly. Those who have internet access and are able to go online and pre-register are asked to do so through the link on the Cape May County website; www.capemaycountynj.gov 

  

"It is important that every resident have the capability to pre-register, and the Call Center will provide another option to meet the needs of most residents.  Understandably, internet access is not an option for many, and calling directly to the State Call Center will save time and get everyone pre-registered for eligibility, and put them on the list to make an appointment when the vaccine is available.  We don't want to leave anyone out," Pierson stressed. 


County to Open Two Vaccination Sites When Additional Vaccine is Released

Cape May County is prepared to open a second vaccination location to meet the Governor's expanded vaccine schedule announced on January 7.  Cape May County has received 1000 doses per week of the COVID-19 vaccine and has successfully administered approximately 4000 doses which includes the second dose to those in the Governor's specified phases 1A and 1B.   Cape May County leads the state in the administration of the vaccine and assures the public that once the State releases more they are prepared to continue the process and vaccinate more people. The second vaccine site will double the effort to get residents inoculated faster. 

Currently, the County Health Department has requested a supply of 30,000 doses of which they can safely store and administer at one time.  The County is still waiting for an additional supply to meet the needs of the public and address the expanded schedule.  

"Vaccinating the public is our first and foremost concern but we need to get the vaccine in order to accomplish that task.  We are receiving about 1000 doses a week and that is not enough.  We are advocating every day for more doses," said County Commissioner Jeffrey L. Pierson, liaison to Health and Human Services. 

The Cape May County Department of Health urges all residents to go online and pre-register for the vaccine.  The link to pre-register can be found on the county website www.capemaycountynj.gov. Those registered will be notified when and where to make an appointment.  Elderly or disabled persons who do not have the internet and unable to access the online pre-registration can contact the Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Disability Services at 609 886-6200 for assistance. 

"In addition to providing a second site, the County is coordinating with other providers such as the hospital and local pharmacies, including those in grocery stores to immunize residents and speed the process.  This requires approvals, doses, and manpower and we are doing everything we can to be prepared when the vaccine is delivered," Pierson added.