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COURT HOUSE – The Cape May County Department of Health announced a second positive test result in Cape May County for COVID-19. This individual is a 32-year-old male from Cape May County and is currently isolated at home and recovering. 

 

According to a county release March 19, the Health Department is managing the investigation into individuals in the community who may have been exposed to the virus. 

 

Any people determined to have been in close contact with the patient have been identified and are being notified. This department recommends that those individuals self-quarantine for 14 days after the day they were potentially exposed. 

 

The Health Department reminds the public of basic preventative actions that should be followed during this pandemic. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, please be sure to:

  • Practice handwashing regularly for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Stay home when sick, and avoid close contact with people who are sick 
  • Keep a distance of at least six feet with people who are coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact, such as handshaking
  • Avoid unnecessary travel, attending crowded events and social gatherings

 

Consider replacing in-person gatherings with video chatting, voice messaging and phone calls. 

 

Testing is only available for individuals who are sick. Symptoms include a fever of more than 100.4, coughing, and shortness of breath. 

 

The Health Department does not test for COVID-19. Testing can be done

through medical providers; contact a healthcare provider to see if eligible for testing. 

 

Stay up to date on the current situation as it evolves. Some reliable sources are New Jersey Poison Information and Education System hotline at 1-800-222-1222, 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 www.nj.gov/health . 

 

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