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Posted on: July 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Update 7/18/2020

Cape May Court House- New Jersey has 176,814 total COVID-19 positive cases and 13,725 deaths. Total positive cases of COVID-19 infection in Cape May County is now 894 including 77 deaths. Additionally, there are 5new out of county positive cases that are included in the Non-resident Active Cases listed below.

Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 163, which requires individuals to wear face coverings in outdoor public spaces when it is not practicable to socially distance and keep a six-foot distance from others, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health, where the individual is under two years of age, or in situations where individuals cannot feasibly wear a face covering, such as when eating or drinking at outdoor dining areas.

CDC also recommends the use of cloth face masks to help individuals who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. The cloth mask should be used in public settings where social distancing can be difficult, for example, grocery stores and pharmacies. Cloth face coverings can be made from common household items at a low cost. The cloth face covering that are being recommended by the CDC are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators, these supplies should be reserved for healthcare works and other medical first responders.

COVID Chart 7-18

Cloth Face Coverings Should: 

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops.
  • Include multiple layers of fabric.
  • Allow for breathing without restriction.
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Cloth face coverings should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use. The face-covering can be simply washed in the washing machine. When removing the cloth face covering it is important not to touch one’s eyes, nose, and mouth until they have washed their hands.

Call your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19 and your underlying health conditions. 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, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at, the World Health Organization at, the New Jersey Department of Health at For additional information visit or Cape May County Department of Health at, also like us on Facebook.

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