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Posted on: August 21, 2020

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

The County of Cape May Department of Health is reporting 4 new positive case among County residents and 5 new out of county positive cases that are included in the Non-resident Active Cases listed below. The County is thankful to have zero new deaths to report today.

New Jersey has 188,527 total COVID-19 positive cases and 14,103 deaths. Total positive cases of COVID-19 infection in Cape May County is now 1061 including 84 deaths.

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Trump Administration to Begin Distributing $1.4 Billion in Relief Funds to Certain Children’s Hospitals

On August 14th, under the leadership of President Trump, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing an additional $1.4 billion in targeted distribution funding to almost 80 free-standing children’s hospitals nationwide. As the healthcare system continues to grapple with the financial hardships caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), children’s hospitals have been uniquely impacted. Children’s hospitals have seen decreasing patient visits and increased costs. This distribution will help to ensure children’s hospitals receive relief proportional to other hospitals across the nation and providers caring for children are able to continue operating safely in some of our most vulnerable communities. This funding is made possible through the bipartisan CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which allocated $175 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other healthcare providers, including those disproportionately impacted by this pandemic.

“Children’s hospitals have pitched in to our all-of-America COVID-19 response by providing backup capacity, extra supplies of PPE, and other support” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Throughout the distribution of the Provider Relief Fund, we have sent these funds as quickly as we can to those who have been hardest hit by the virus, and this distribution recognizes the contributions of children’s hospitals helping to meet the challenges of this pandemic.”

Safety net hospitals, particularly children’s hospitals, have played a unique role in the whole-of-America approach to combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Children’s hospitals suspended nonemergency surgeries, purchased additional personal protective equipment (PPE), and offered their capacity as a backup to other hospitals in support of local preparedness planning for COVID-19 patient surges. Consequently, like other hospitals, they too have faced lost revenues and increased expenses due to COVID-19. In response, HHS has tried to provide relief to a broad category of safety net hospitals serving vulnerable adult and children populations through two rounds of targeted allocations beginning in June when $10 billion was announced and again in July in the amount of $3 billion under an expanded threshold. Today’s announcement of $1.4 billion will ensure that certain free-standing children’s hospitals, not affiliated with larger hospital systems, also receive the financial relief they urgently need to offset revenue losses.

Stay up to date on the current situation as it evolve. 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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