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Posted on: November 5, 2020

COVID-19 Update - 11/5/20

The County of Cape May Department of Health is reporting 24 new positive cases among County residents. Additionally, there are 3 new out of county positive cases that are included in the Non-resident Active Cases listed below.

Currently, 1252 County residents are now off quarantine.  Sadly, today we are announcing the passing of an 89-year-old female from Upper Township. “In this sorrowful time, I would like to extend to the family my heartfelt condolences,” said Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton.

Total positive cases of COVID-19 infection in Cape May County is now 1776 including 96 deaths.  

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Cape May County Department of Health Announces it’s Free Flu Clinic Schedule  

The Cape May County Health Department is strongly encouraging all residents to get their flu shot as soon as possible. Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu and its potentially serious complications.

During seasons when the flu vaccine viruses are similar to circulating flu viruses, flu vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of having to go to the doctor with flu by 40 percent to 60 percent.

“With this year’s flu season approaching, it is critical that adults and children get the flu vaccine to protect against infection and help prevent the spread of seasonal flu to others”, said Freeholder Jeff Pierson. “By getting a flu shot now, you will protect yourself, as well as your family and friends.”

“Influenza is a contagious virus that can spread rapidly in our communities and cause severe illness resulting in hospitalization or death”, said Kevin Thomas, Health Officer. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to avoid the flu; it reduces the spread of the virus and can also help make illnesses less severe for those who do still get sick.”

The vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women. Individuals that are at most risk for getting severely ill from the flu are young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, and people aged 65 years and older. It takes approximately two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop protection against the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend getting a flu vaccine every year because flu viruses evolve quickly, and last year’s vaccine may not protect against the current year’s strain. Even if the vaccine does not fully protect against the flu, it may reduce the severity of symptoms and the risk of complications.

Where to get the flu shot

Most pharmacies and doctors’ offices are offering the flu shot and due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Health Department will be offering the flu vaccine by appointment only at the following locations:

 

Family Flu Vaccine Clinics: Children 6 months and older and their families. Appointment Only 

 

Date:        November 7, 2020

Time:       By Appointment- Call (609) 465-1187

Location: Holly Beach Fire Department

                 103 W Montgomery Ave,

                 Wildwood, NJ 08260

 

All flu clinics are by appointment only and will require a completed consent form. Masks must also be worn to receive a flu vaccine. High dose vaccine will be offered as supplies last. Please request high dose when making your appointment. To make an appointment call (609) 465-1187. For consent forms and more information on upcoming flu clinics, visit www.cmchealth.net  - Click Seasonal Flu. Also, like us on Facebook for updated information. Stay up to date on the current situation as it evolves. Some reliable sources are New Jersey Poison Information and Education System Hotline at 211 or 1-800-962-1253, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov, World Health Organization at www.who.int, New Jersey Department of Health at COVID19.nj.gov. For additional information visit Cape May County Department of Health at www.cmchealth.net and also like us on Facebook.

 

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