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Posted on: August 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Update - 8/17/20

The County of Cape May Department of Health is reporting 3 new positive case among County residents and 2 new out of county positive case that is included in the Non-resident Active Cases listed below. The County is thankful to have zero new deaths to report today. New Jersey has 187,767 total COVID-19 positive cases and 14,077 deaths. Total positive cases of COVID-19 infection in Cape May County is now 1041 including 83 deaths.

8.17.20 covid graphs

The state Department of Health released new guidelines for schools. The new guidelines include more specific rules on how schools should handle positive COVID-19 cases, when they should ask students in individual classrooms to quarantine and when entire schools should close. The rules are general guidelines and districts can opt to develop more stringent rules.

The new guidelines include a prevalence tracking system for six state regions. Cape May County is grouped with Cumberland and Atlantic. Should the prevalence of Covid-19 become too high in a region then that could trigger a closing and school may be required to go all remote learning.

state covid map

Under the new guidelines:

Should only one positive COVID be detected in a school then the school can remain open. Should anyone be in close contact with a positive case they are required to be excluded from school for 14 days. Should two people in the same classroom get sick then the school can remain open. However, everyone in the cohort classroom could be asked to quarantine.  If two or more people in different classrooms have confirmed COVID-19 cases within 14 days at the same school then the entire school could be shut down.   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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