New Jersey has 171,928 total COVID-19 positive cases and 13,224 deaths. Total positive cases of COVID-19 infection in Cape May County is now 761 including 68 deaths. In addition, out of county cases not reported in the following spreadsheets are 8.
As testing of individuals for COVID-19 continues, so does the need for contact tracers to conduct interviews with individuals who may have come into contact with those who tested positive.
The State Health Department, in partnership with Rutgers University, led by their School of Public Health and including the School of Health Professions, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, have launched the Community Contact Tracing Corps. The goal of the Community Contact Tracing Corps is to support Local Health Departments in meeting operational demands by providing additional contact tracing capacity on an as-needed basis.
In addition, in partnership with Dimagi Software Company, Rutgers University will deploy their open source CommCare platform across New Jersey to centralize the State’s contact tracing efforts. Collecting information in a uniform way makes it easier for health officials to share information and to track the virus across New Jersey.
Currently, the Cape May County Health Department is being trained in the CommCare contact tracing platform and will be supported by additional tracers from the Community Contact Tracing Corps. If you are Covid-19 positive you will be asked to share your close contacts. That information is used ONLY for the purpose of helping those people to get tested or to quarantine. Your information is confidential. Your name will not be released to your contacts or your COVID-19 status – that information will only be known to public health officials and our local health department partners, if needed.
Together, we can stop the spread of COVID-19 and safely restart our economy.
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 www.cdc.gov, the World Health Organization at www.who.int, the New Jersey Department of Health at COVID19.nj.gov. For additional information visit https://capemaycountynj.gov/ or Cape May County Department of Health at www.cmchealth.net, also like us on Facebook.