COVID-19 Updates

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 609-463-6581 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.

Beginning the week of January 25th, 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. 

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

To make an appointment 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.


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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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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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. 


COVID-19 Updates 1/24/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 8,098 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 is not just leading the State among counties in vaccinating residents per capita. NJ Advanced Media studied COVID-19 cases among all counties in the State from Jan. 14 to 20 and Cape May County also had the lowest number of cases per capita as well. Cape May County averaged 22.4 cases per 10,000 residents during that time period. The second-best county was Somerset County at 26.4 cases per 10,000 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 5643 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 4890 of those are now off quarantine.

Sadly, we are announcing the passing of a 69-year-old male from Wildwood Crest and a 74-year-old female from Middle Township, “My condolences to both families,” said Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton. “My most sincere sympathies and heartfelt prayers.”

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COVID-19 Update 1/23/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Health Department administered 309 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on January 22, 2021, for a total of 3696 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 7,743 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the County Health Department and other entities. This total number of doses includes a combination of first and second doses.

New Jersey crossed another major threshold with administering over a half million doses of the COVID vaccine. New Jersey has reported 524,865 total doses have been handed out, which includes 459,635 first doses and 64,806 second doses. Both vaccines that have been approved so far require two doses. Cape May County is continuing to prep for the eventual opening of a second vaccine site once more doses become available. 

County officials, include Vice Director Len Desiderio and Commissioner Will Morey participated in an information session on January 22, 2021, hosted by the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce. The session touched on County vaccination efforts and preparation, the process to register to get the vaccine and the current limited number of doses coming from the state. The video of the session can be viewed at the Cape May County Government Facebook page and at this direct link https://fb.watch/3aM6Cwu0Do/

The Cape May County Department of Health is announcing today that 58 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 5612 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 4836 of those are now off quarantine.

Sadly, today we are announcing the passing of a 70-year-old male from Lower Township, a 76-year-old female from Wildwood Crest, a 78-year-old female from Middle Township and a 99-year-old male from Ocean City, “My heart goes out to the families of those who lost their loved ones,” said Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald Thornton. “May your memories give you peace and comfort.”

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COVID-19 Update 1/22/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Health Department administered 323 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on January 21, 2021, for a total of 3387 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 7,263 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County when combining the vaccine doses given out by the County Health Department and other entities.

Some of the key COVID metrics Statewide are turning in a positive direction. Hospitalizations dropped this week to a six-week low and new cases are down double digits week-over-week and the State is now down 6% month-over-month, according to NJ Advanced Media. As a result, the rate of transmission has also fallen around the State to 1.04 currently from a recent high of 1.12 on Jan. 18. Any number over 1 shows that the COVID virus is spreading more quickly. Until the vaccine is widely available, individuals should continue to socially distance, wear a face covering, washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, and sanitize high touch areas.

The County of Cape May Department of Health is announcing today that 55 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 5554 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 4778 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Update 1/21/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Health Department administered 376 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on January 20, 2021, for a total of 3064 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 6803 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County. 

Cape May County continues to do the best job per capita in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey. NJ Advanced Media released their data analysis of Jan. 13 to 19 and Cape May County led all counties in the State with 2,257 doses of the vaccine administered per 100,000 residents during that time frame. The second closest county was Morris County at 2071 doses administered per 100,000 residents. Cape May County is ready to distribute additional vaccine and has announced it will open a second vaccine site when additional doses of the vaccine are made available to the County.

The County of Cape May Department of Health is announcing today that 28 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 5499 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 4735 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Update 1/20/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Health Department administered 359 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on January 19, 2021. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 6,204 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County. 

A phone line will be coming next week to assist individuals who are not technologically savvy to sign up for the COVID vaccine. The phone line will not be active until sometime next week but will be activated by New Jersey Health Department. This will allow those individuals in need of additional help to call and get assistance to sign up for the vaccine. The phone number will be 855-568-0545. The Cape May County Health Department will send another reminder out when the phone line becomes active.

The County of Cape May Department of Health is announcing today that 64 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 5471 covid-19 cases during the pandemic, 4696 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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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. 


COVID-19 Update 1/19/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 5,591 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County. 

The post-holiday increase of COVID-19 cases appears to be tailing off and cases are down statewide week-over-week. The 7-day average of COVID cases is down 6% from a week ago. The rate of transmission is slightly down from the high it reached in this most recent increase at 1.11 from 1.12. It continues to be important for residents to wear a face covering, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and to practice social distancing. 

The County of Cape May Department of Health is announcing today that 74 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 5407 covid-19 cases during the pandemic, 4647 of those are now off quarantine.

Sadly, we are announcing the passing of a 91-year-old female from West Cape May and a 67-year-old male from Middle Township, “Celebrating the lives of two good citizens’ of Cape May County and mourning their passing,” said Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald Thornton. “They are remembered in our thoughts and prayers.”

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COVID-19 Updates 1/18/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 5,253 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Cape May County. 

Currently, New Jersey has opened 4 out of 6 planned COVID vaccine mega-sites. The two sites in South Jersey that are open today are located at Rowan College of South Jersey in Gloucester County and the Moorestown Mall in Burlington County. Later this month, the Atlantic City Convention Center will open. It is important to preregister for the vaccine if you have not done so already. There is a direct link to the State vaccine registration page on the home page of the Cape May County Government website at https://www.capemaycountynj.gov/.

The County of Cape May Department of Health is announcing today that 48 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 5333 covid-19 cases during the pandemic, 4582 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Updates 1/17/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Health Department administered 268 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on January 15, 2021, for a total of 2339 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 5,107 doses of the vaccine have been administered in total for Cape May County. This marks another major milestone for the “Finish Strong – Safely Together” campaign in Cape May County by getting over the 5,000-dose vaccine threshold. The Health Department continues to encourage residents to protect themselves in the meantime including social distancing, wearing a face covering, handwashing and using disinfectant as this vaccine period continues.

“We know there is still much work to be done, but it is important when we hit major number milestone in vaccinations to tell our residents that the hard work is starting to pay off,” said Commissioner Jeff Pierson, liaison to the Health Department. “We thank our residents and businesses for working so well together over what is almost a year now and remind people to continue to keep themselves and their families safe.”

The County of Cape May Department of Health is announcing today that 45 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 5285 covid-19 cases during the pandemic, 4523 of those are now off quarantine.

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COVID-19 Updates 1/16/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit capemaycountynj.gov. The Cape May County Health Department administered 268 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday Jan. 15, for a total of 2339 doses so far. The New Jersey Health Department reports that 4,953 doses of the vaccine have been administered in total for Cape May County.

There are many questions that people have about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout from the State of New Jersey. Cape May County Government has updated its website to provide answers to many of the key questions. A full list of people who are eligible to currently receive the vaccine is posted to the top of the homepage. Once you scroll down you can find links for:

  • How to register for the vaccine
  • Where, how, and when to get vaccinated
  • The County’s COVID-19 dashboard 
  • COVID-19 Testing Locations
  • COVID-19 vaccine locations for eligible recipients
  • Who is eligible for the vaccine in New Jersey

 

All this information and more can be found at https://www.capemaycountynj.gov/.

 

The County of Cape May Department of Health is announcing today that 64 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 5240 covid-19 cases during the pandemic, 4438 of those are now off quarantine. 

Sadly, we are announcing the passing of a 93-year-old female from Middle Township, “Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow for another loss of life in Cape May County,” said Cape May County Commissioner Pierson. “My heart goes out to the friends and family at this difficult time.”


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COVID-19 Update 1/15/21

A new milestone has been hit in New Jersey. There are now over 300,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses that have been administered, according to the State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard. The breakdown includes 273,335 first doses and 37,079 second doses as of Friday afternoon. The second dose is administered three weeks following the first dose for the vaccines that are currently available. Anyone can preregister for the vaccine, even if the person is not in the groups of people that are currently able to receive the vaccine. Preregistering is available at https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/.

 

The County of Cape May Department of Health is announcing today that 58 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 5176 covid-19 cases during the pandemic, 4380 of those are now off quarantine.


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COVID-19 Update 1/14/21

For vaccine information on where, when, who, and how, please visit www.capemaycountynj.gov

New data shows that Cape May County has done the best job in New Jersey among counties with the COVID-19 vaccine when adjusting for population size. NJ Advanced Media did a study that showed that Cape May County has administered 4251 vaccines per 100,000 individuals. The next closest county in New Jersey is Morris County at 3911. Cape May County has also done the best job getting people vaccinated twice, which means the person is fully vaccinated. The two approved vaccines require two doses to be administered to become fully effective. The County has given the two doses of the vaccine to 704 people per 100,000 people. The second-best county in the State in this category is Atlantic County at 585 per 100,000.  The second dose is given three weeks apart from the first dose. People who want to preregister and learn more about the vaccine should visit https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/.

The County of Cape May Department of Health is announcing today that 71 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 5118 covid-19 cases during the pandemic, 4326 of those are now off quarantine.

Sadly, we are announcing the passing of a 77-year-old male from Lower Township, “In this sorrowful time, may the love of family and friends comfort you,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson.

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County Awaits Greater Vaccine Supply from the State; Will Be Ready for Expanded Distribution

The Cape May County Department of Health has administered the most doses of voice-19 vaccine by population in New Jersey as it awaits a greater supply of vaccine from the state.  The County first county vaccine administration site was established for the new year and another site will be fully operational on or before February 1, 2021.

Residents are encouraged to go to capemaycountynj.gov to register for the vaccine.  Once registered, residents will receive a notice from the state informing them that they can go into the system and schedule their vaccination appointment. Currently, the County is following the guidelines set forth by the State and administering vaccines to eligible residents who previously registered and to frontline personnel.

Residents are reminded that they must pre-register on the New Jersey State Vaccine Registration System.  A link to the registration and other information can be found at capemaycountynj.gov.

“The beginning of our vaccination efforts has been challenging given the fact that we must await the state’s distribution of doses,” said County Commissioner Len Desiderio, Co-Chair of the County Recovery Task Force.  “But rest assured, we are doing everything that needs to be done to vaccinate as many of our residents as we can as quickly as possible once the state provides us with a sufficient supply of vaccine.”

Based on vaccine availability, after a resident registers he or she will receive an email notice of how and when to schedule an appointment. Vaccines are scheduled by appointment only, no walk-ins. Vaccination center locations will be provided upon scheduling the appointment.

Information on current eligibility for the vaccine can be found at capemaycountynj.gov. 


COVID-19 Update 1/12/21 & 1/13/21

Are you eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination?  It is a very important question that is being asked by many members in our community. Currently, the administration of vaccines is limited to certain groups as set by the State. Through the State of New Jersey, residents can reserve their spot to get a vaccine by pre-registering at covidvaccine.nj.gov. You will answer some questions to determine when you are eligible to receive a vaccine. Over 233,000 doses of the vaccine have been distributed in the State. Cape May County officials are continuing to work on vaccine rollout for wider population bases once it becomes available.

The County of Cape May Department of Health is reporting on January 12, 2021 - 60 new positive test samples and on January 13, 2021 - 55 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 5047 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 4286 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. 

Sadly, we are announcing the passing of a 66-year-old male from Ocean City and an 81-year-old male from Middle Township, “My heart goes out to the families of those who lost their loved ones,” said Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton. “May your memories give you peace and comfort.”


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COVID-19 Update 1/11/21

New numbers show that despite a post-holiday increase in COVID-19 cases, Cape May County has the lowest cases rate per capita in New Jersey of any county. The Star-Ledger did a study of the number of cases from Dec. 31 to Jan. 6, and Cape May County came in at 18.8 cases per 10,000 residents. The next closest county in the State was Somerset County at 24.2 cases per 10,000 residents. The post-holiday bump does show the importance to follow the necessary health protocols to keep yourself and your families safe.

The County of Cape May Department of Health is announcing today that 46 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 4932 covid-19 cases during the pandemic, 4188 of those are now off quarantine.

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The seven-day average in New Jersey for positive COVID-19 tests dropped again. The Star-Ledger reported today that the new average is down 11% from one week ago. Also, the statewide rate of transmission dropped to .97 today, which means for every positive COVID case, less than one additional person is being infected. It is clear that cases are now coming down from the increase after Thanksgiving, and thus local residents must continue to follow the necessary protocols with the Christmas holiday on Friday.

The County of Cape May Department of Health is announcing today that 52 new positive test samples were collected among County residents over the past several days. While Cape May County has recorded 3956 covid-19 cases during the pandemic, 3328 of those are now off quarantine.

Sadly, we are announcing the passing of a 89-year-old male from Middle Township “A thought of comfort and condolences to the grieving family,” said Cape May County Freeholder Jeff Pierson.

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