COVID-19 Updates


Click here to view the Cape May County Department of Health Vaccination Schedule


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.

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.

Click here for the Latest News Releases

Click here for the latest Information and CDC Guidance for COVID-19

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 6/11/21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Governor Lifts Indoor Mask Mandate; County Officials Continue Vaccination Effort

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COVID-19 Update Week of 5/21

Pandemic Moves Into Very Promising Phase in Cape May County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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COVID-19 Update Week of 5/14/21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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