COVID-19 Updates

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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 1/7

The rise of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks has led to nine deaths being reported in Cape May County this week. Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton and Commissioner Jeff Pierson, on behalf of the entire Board of County Commissioners, offer condolences to the surviving family members and friends of those nine County residents. Sadly, we are announcing the passing of a 94-year-old male from Upper Township, an 89-year-old male from Ocean City, an 87-year-old male from Middle Township, an 86-year-old male from West Cape May, an 86-year-old male from Wildwood Crest, an 81-year-old male from Upper Township, a 78-year-old female from West Cape May, a 75-year-old female from Dennis Township and a 64-year-old male from Middle Township. While the Omicron strain of COVID is less severe than Delta, the record numbers of new COVID cases across New Jersey and much of the Northeast has led to a rise in deaths. Both Commissioner Director Thornton and Commissioner Pierson are urging residents to take steps to protect those who are most vulnerable. Getting vaccinated and boosted helps to protect you and the people around you. It is also important to mask around those who are elderly and individuals who are in high-risk categories.

 

“It is incredible difficult anytime we lose any member of our County,” said Pierson, liaison to the Cape May County Department of Health. “Our prayers are with the surviving members of their families. We encourage people to take the steps to protect those who we love the most in our lives. The Department of Health will continue to provide additional access to vaccines and booster shots to ensure any member of our County who wants a vaccine dose can receive it.”

 

There is some positive news in relation to the spread of the Omicron variant locally. The website covidactnow.org, which monitors the Rate of Transmission (RT), shows Cape May County RT beginning to decline. Anytime the number is over 1.0, it can be said the spread of COVID is increasing. The current RT in the County is 1.23, which is down from its most recent high of 1.31. If the RT continues to trend downward and get below 1.0, it will mean the spread of the virus will be in decline. Cape May County continues its extensive multi-media marketing campaign to promote vaccines, boosters, and masking when indoors and social distancing is difficult as we try to get through this Safely-Together.

 

The Cape May County Department of Health is offering multiple COVID vaccine clinics every week to provide options for County residents. These clinics will provide initial doses and booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals that have received the Moderna vaccine must wait six months before receiving the booster shot. People who have taken the Johnson & Johnson vaccine need to wait two months before getting the booster. Anyone who is 18 years of age or older is now eligible for the COVID-19 booster shot throughout all of New Jersey. These are walk-in clinics. Masks, identification, and COVID-19 Vaccine Cards (if applicable) are required for all clinic locations. This upcoming week, vaccines will be available:

 

  • Tuesday Jan. 11th 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Shore Family Success Center, 1046 B Route 47, in Rio Grande 
  • Wednesday Jan. 12th 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the Avalon Community Center, 3001 Avalon Ave. in Avalon 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 76,787 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 64,945 have been fully vaccinated. The CDC also reports that 71% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. 

“I echo Commissioner Pierson’s remarks and we keep those we have lost in our thoughts,” said Thornton. “We continue to remain diligent as we prepare for what is next. Our Department of Health knows they have the full support of the Cape May County Board of County Commissioners to protect our residents today and in the future.”

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 17,179 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 14,587 of those are now off quarantine. More details on daily reported case numbers can be found at https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard.

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COVID-19 Update Week of 1/3

Protecting yourself in this new year is one of the best resolutions you can make. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine or booster provides the best available protection from the current Omicron variant and can minimize the effects if you catch COVID. The Cape May County Department of Health is offering a mobile and centralized standalone vaccine clinic every week to provide options for County residents. These clinics will provide initial doses and booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals that have received the Moderna vaccine must wait six months before receiving the booster shot. People who have taken the Johnson & Johnson vaccine need to wait two months before getting the booster. Anyone who is 18 years of age or older is now eligible for the COVID-19 booster shot throughout all of New Jersey. These are walk-in clinics. Masks, identification, and COVID-19 Vaccine Cards (if applicable) are required for all clinic locations. 

The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 21,156 doses so far. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 76,225 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 64,688 have been fully vaccinated. The CDC also reports that 70% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. 

“The Omicron variant is spreading throughout the United States at record levels, so what we are seeing here in Cape May County is not unique,” said Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton. “We ask everyone, especially those in higher risk categories, to get vaccinated to protect yourself and your families.”

For more information on obtaining the vaccine, quickly and free of charge, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/226/Health-Department or call (609) 465-1187. Cape May County has recorded 16,235 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 14,138 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 reporting that a 48-year-old male from Middle Township, a 61-year-old male from Wildwood Crest, a 88-year-old male from Middle Township and a 90-year-old female from Lower Township have passed away, “My condolences to these families,” said Thornton. “My most sincere sympathies and heartfelt prayers.”


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COVID-19 Update Week of 12/24

The Omicron variant has become the dominate variant of COVID-19 in the United States. Federal officials announced earlier this week that 73% of all new cases are attributed to the Omicron variant. Cape May County is of only six New Jersey counties that have hit the 70% fully vaccinated mark, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thus far, the numbers of COVID positive patients admitted to Cape Regional Medical Center are well below the peak seen in December 2020. The recent highs in new cases reported in New Jersey are a reminder for residents to get vaccinated or boosted, and to mask indoors when social distancing is difficult. 

The Cape May County Department of Health is hosting weekly COVID-19 vaccination clinics at its offices, located at 6 Moore Rd. in Cape May Court House. The clinic will be held every Wednesday in December from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. The County’s DOH will be providing all Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccinations, including booster doses, along with Flu shots at this weekly clinic. Individuals that have received the Moderna vaccine must wait six months before receiving the booster shot. People who have taken the Johnson & Johnson vaccine need to wait two months before getting the booster. Anyone who is 18 years of age or older is now eligible for the COVID-19 booster shot throughout all of New Jersey. This is a walk-in clinic. The Department of Health will also have a rotating weekly clinic throughout Cape May County. 

  • Tuesday Dec. 28th 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at St. Casimir Church, 304 Clay St. in Woodbine – First and Second shots of Moderna or First shot of Johnson & Johnson – no boosters will be given at this location.
  • Wednesday Dec. 29th 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the Cape May County Department of Health, 6 Moore Rd. in Cape May Court House – Moderna or Johnson & Johnson

The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 24,069 doses so far. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 75,617 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 64,439 have been fully vaccinated. The CDC also reports that 70% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. 

“The spread of the Omicron variant is something we continue to monitor, and we want to our residents to stay safe this holiday season,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson, liaison to the Cape May County Department of Health. “If you feel sick, get tested and avoid spreading the virus to others. Vaccines and boosters are best protection we have currently to mitigate the spread and to also lessen potential symptoms you might feel if a breakthrough infection takes place.”

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 14,671 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 13,351 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, an 83 year old female from Upper Township, and an 86 year old male from Lower 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 Week of 12/17

Cape May County’s Rate of Infection (RT) has been on the decline for a few weeks. According to COVIDactnow.org, the (RT) peaked on Nov. 28 at 1.27 and is currently 1.20. Any number above 1.0 means the spread of COVID-19 is increasing at this time. It is important to get vaccinated or to receive a booster, especially with the holidays fast approaching. To find a location to receive the vaccine near you, visit covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder. Residents should also mask up while indoors and social distancing is difficult. 

  • Tuesday Dec. 21st 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Rio Grande Fire Company, 1120 NJ 47 – First and Second shots of Moderna or First shot of Johnson & Johnson – no boosters will be given at this location.
  • Wednesday Dec. 22nd 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the Cape May County Department of Health, 6 Moore Rd. in Cape May Court House – Moderna or Johnson & Johnson

The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 23,935 doses so far. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 74,887 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 64,094 have been fully vaccinated. The CDC also reports that 70% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. 

“On behalf of the entire Cape May County Board of County Commissioners I want to wish all of our residents a great holiday season,” said Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton. “Anyone who isn’t vaccinated should consider getting the vaccine to better protect yourself and your families as we all gather during the holidays.”

For more information on obtaining the vaccine, quickly and free of charge, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/226/Health-Department or call (609) 465-1187. Cape May County has recorded 13,925 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 12,971 of those are now off quarantine. Additionally, there are 17 new out of county positive cases that is included in the Non-resident Active Cases listed below. 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 65-year-old female from Lower Township, and a 64-year-old male from Middle Township. “In the sorrowful time, may the love of family and friends comfort you,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson.

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COVID-19 Update Week of 12/10

The Cape May County Department of Health is now hosting weekly COVID-19 vaccination clinics at its offices, located at 6 Moore Rd. in Cape May Court House. The clinic will be held every Wednesday in December from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. The County’s DOH will be providing all Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccinations, including booster doses, along with Flu shots at this weekly clinic. Individuals that have received the Moderna vaccine must wait six months before receiving the booster shot. People who have taken the Johnson & Johnson vaccine need to wait two months before getting the booster. Anyone who is 18 years of age or older is now eligible for the COVID-19 booster shot throughout all of New Jersey. This is a walk-in clinic. The Department of Health will also have a rotating weekly clinic throughout Cape May County. 

  • Tuesday Dec. 14th 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Villas Volunteer Fire Company, 1647 Bayshore Rd. – First and Second shots of Moderna or First shot of Johnson & Johnson – no boosters will be given at this location.
  • Wednesday Dec. 15th 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the Cape May County Department of Health, 6 Moore Rd. in Cape May Court House – Moderna or Johnson & Johnson

The Cape May County Department of Health administered a total of 23,790 doses so far. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 74,192 Cape May County residents have received at least one vaccine dose and 63,613 have been fully vaccinated. The CDC also reports that 69% of the County’s population is fully vaccinated. 

“New COVID cases remain elevated in New Jersey, and it is important to get your vaccination and booster dose,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson. “Getting vaccinated will help make our holiday gatherings safer and protect us during these winter months that are spent more indoors.” 

For more information on obtaining the vaccine, quickly and free of charge, go to https://capemaycountynj.gov/226/Health-Department or call (609) 465-1187. Cape May County has recorded 13,476 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 12.636 of those are now off quarantine. More details on daily reported case numbers can be found at https://capemaycountynj.gov/1418/Covid-19-Dashboard.

Sadly, we are announcing the passing of three individuals, a 72-year-old female from Ocean City, an 83-year-old female from Ocean City, and a 44-year-old female from Middle Township. “With sincere condolences to the family and friends,” said Pierson. “Wishing you peace and strength at this sad time.”

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